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When it comes to building a home, it seems like there are endless choices and decisions to make. And unless you have an unlimited budget, it’s good to know when it’s better to save or splurge. Here are some ideas for staying on track and making sure you’re investing wisely:
1. A good rule of thumb is to spend more on the parts of your home that can save money during their lifetime – like the windows. Your windows are the most important energy-savers in your home, and they really do make a big impact on your home’s energy efficiency. Look for the highest quality windows you can afford, and always look to ENERGY STAR® certified windows to be sure you’re making the best choice.
2. Another good rule is to spend money the first time on parts of your home that are more difficult to replace. Exterior doors are that kind of important investment. Your exterior doors can complement the style of your home, help to make a first – and lasting – impression, and they provide safety, security, and energy savings. Today’s fiberglass doors are beautiful and durable, made to mimic the look of a natural wood door, and typically come with the longest warranties. And by choosing ENERGY STAR® certified doors, you can be sure your exterior doors will perform well for years to come.
3. Remember -- curb appeal is important, especially when it’s time to sell your home. Curb appeal determines how attractive your home looks from the street -- and improving curb appeal can also boost the perceived value of your home. Making careful choices when it comes to the materials you use on the exterior of your home can help create a great first impression and a lasting return on your investment. One popular exterior trend is to use manufactured stone veneer in combination with the exterior cladding to add warmth, texture and beauty to your home’s exterior. You can even choose a stone style that resembles the stone that’s found naturally in your geographic area, in colors that blend or contrast with your windows and siding.
The Remodeling Magazine 2020 Cost vs Value Report lists windows, exterior doors and manufactured stone veneer as three of the top improvements for retaining value. By investing wisely in the parts of your home that will save money, last a long time, and retain their value should you ever need to move, you can keep your building project on track and on budget.