When performing various home upgrades such as installing new windows, giving it a coat of paint or replacing doors, many home owners only do these things because neighbors around them are doing so. Instead, any form of upgrades being done should be done because you truly want them done, not because you want the neighbors to notice your home.
#1 – Your Neighbors may not even Notice what has been done
If you are painting the inside of your house ‘because next door just did theirs, you may very well be defeating the object of doing home improvement because your neighbors may not even get to see your handiwork. Even if your neighbors replace windows, you should only consider replacing yours if they are rotten or no longer energy-efficient.
#2 – You need to do what works for you
Just because your neighbor has recently had brand new vinyl windows installed, it doesn’t mean that you should rush out and do the same right away. Instead, you need to ensure that replacement windows are what your home needs right now - if not, this may not be the best way to spend your home improvement budget.
#3 – You will have to live in it afterwards
Although many improvement projects can make your home look fantastic inside and outside, it doesn’t mean that you should do as many projects as possible to impress your neighbors. After all, you and your family will be the ones who will end up being stuck with those salmon-pink countertops and sinks for quite a few years afterwards - replacement fixtures are expensive.
#4 – It could result in over-improvement of your home
Many home owners not only have new windows installed; they are often tempted to go all out and add a few extra rooms, outside water features and luxury finishes inside the house at the same time. However, if you live in a middle-class area and you have ideas of selling someday, you may never recoup all the money you have spent on home improvement projects over the years.
#5 – You will be left paying for the upgrades - not your neighbors
Regardless of whether you install new vinyl windows or you break your budget completely by replacing appliances, curtains, kitchen countertops and cabinets and carpeting, it’s important to remember that you will be the one left paying for everything - even if it takes a decade to do so.
#6 – Fewer people are impressed by home upgrades nowadays
Fewer people than ever are being impressed by home improvement projects that have been done on other people’s homes these days. Chances are that no one will even notice if you have that green shag carpeting installed after all.
#7 – Serious Injuries could occur
If you try to replace windows or do other home improvement projects without help in an effort to save money, you could seriously injure yourself - all at the expense of hoping that the neighbors notice the work that has been done.
Are you ready to have replacement windows installed? If so, contact us at Canadian Choice Windows & Doors today to discuss the various options that are available.
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