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Feel Like Cheaping Out? Don’t Make the Same Mistake Charles Made

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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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5 Comments on Feel Like Cheaping Out? Don’t Make the Same Mistake Charles Made

  1. Going cheap can effect a families day to day lifestyle in more ways than one. This was the case when we installed the cheapest hot water circulation pump we could find. It was extremely affordable and we assumed all circulation pumps work the same way. We chose a hot water circulation pump which used the cold water line to send cooled down water out of the hot water pipes back to the water heater. We especially liked that we wouldn’t need a power outlet under the sink. Other hot water circulation systems which did require an outlet under the sink were higher priced. It wasn’t til after we’d completed the remodel that we discovered our cheapest solution had traded waiting for hot water to now having to wait 40 plus seconds to get cold water.

    While searching for a fix to this new problem, we discovered it was normal for our hot water circulation pump to run continuously based only on the pumps timer. Rather than having the pump run based on time and temperature. It’s no wonder we were having to wait so long for cold water. Even more alarming was the fact that our system allowed water to siphon from the hot water pipes (water heater) into the cold water pipes when cold water was used anytime hot water wasn’t at the sink keeping a thermostatic valve closed. Had we researched hot water circulation pumps beforehand instead of impulse buying we would have saved a lot of time and frustration. We now know the importance of doing researching so our choices are based on intelligent decisions instead of how cheap we can be.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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