The products and materials a homeowner chooses for their remodeling project – however big or small it is one of the biggest factors that can make or break a previously carefully calculated budget and send costs spiraling out of control. That means that keeping an eye on price tags at all times is important but dollar amounts should not be the sole criteria you use when choosing products and materials. Cheap is nice but quality is better and usually far more cost effective in the long run.

Getting advice from the tradesman – or tradesmen – who are working with you on the project can be invaluable here. There are an almost ridiculous number of options available for products and materials that are used in almost any remodeling project and having someone with experience chime in before you shop is a huge help. . Here however, in the meantime, are some basic tips:

  • A higher price is not always a very accurate indication that you are getting the highest possible quality. A designer name is just that in many cases – a name. Often a lower priced alternative can be just as good – it will just perhaps lack some of the “snob value” that designer names have attached to them. But do you really need that?
  • It is important that you understand basically how long certain products are expected to last under normal circumstances. A good carpet for instance has a ‘life expectancy’ of ten to fifteen years. By knowing how long you can expect your investment to be good for you can better decide if it is worth splashing out on.
  • Look at more than a few different options available for each product class you are considering – buying the first things that catch your eye can turn into a very expensive mistake.
  • Make sure that you know before hand just what manufacturer’s guarantees or warranties come with everything you are considering and just what they cover. Sometimes it seems like a better idea to go for something with what seems like a far better guarantee but then when you look at the small print it might not have been such a good idea after all to base your purchasing decisions on a guarantee that is going to be hard