Feel like cheaping out? Don’t make the same mistake Charles made

Written By: admin - Sep• 08•12

Cheap cabinets

Everyone likes a deal. A steal. A feeling that you just saved more money on your remodel than anyone in the history of the world.

Chang Before But sometimes that quest can bring regrets. That’s what happened to Charles Chang, who did a complete remodel on a very trashed property for about $40,000. See the whole story

While most of the project turned out great, Charles later told me he regretted the cheap kitchen cabinets. He was so intent on spending the least amount of money possible that he opted for presswood cabinets, which I think would be more appropriate for a garage than a kitchen.

Other products in this category are called particle board, chipboard, flakeboard, etc.

They look good in this lovely photo. But they are, after all, made of sawdust, wood chips and binders. And in your day-to-day life, do you really want a nice wood floor and cabinets made of wood chips? And if these get too wet, they will wick up water become irreversibly distorted.

The lesson for us: don’t get so wrapped up in saving money that you end up with garbage. The few hundred dollars you save will be long forgotten, while the junk in your house will be with you, in your face, for years to come.

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4 Comments

  1. More often than not, you would really have to spend more than usual if you are after quality products or services. This is a sad story but could be an inspiration for those who may be enticed to try the same cheap deals. I think that it is ideal to consult home specialists first or browse through useful blogs like this before getting into any purchase.

  2. Jeff says:

    I seen a lot of customers go cheap on items like cabinets, carpeting, counter tops, etc. and then later regret that they did it or didn’t listen to there contractor.

    The school of hard knocks.

  3. Mac says:

    Good advice. Saving money is great but not when it detracts from the enjoyment of the remodel.

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