Are you planning an upcoming home improvement? If so, you are not alone.

Higher-than-average renovation spending was expected for 2017, according to a leading consumer magazine, with more than half of homeowners planning to spend money on home improvements throughout the year.

From upgrading appliances to gutting entire rooms, big projects can have a big impact on a home and on your wallet, so it’s important to approach any renovation with thoughtful intention. Sometimes it is better to splash out on certain improvements in your home if you know they’re going to last you a while, whether that’s inside the home or outside in your garden. For example, you could invest in fencing that will require no maintenance, and although it may sometimes cost a little more, you know it will last you a lifetime – the same goes with any other improvements or appliance upgrades.

To ensure you make the right decisions when it comes to large purchases and major home improvements, ask yourself these five questions:

How long do you plan to live in the home?


Knowing how long you expect to live in your home can help you better navigate home improvements. If you only plan to live in your home for five years, you’ll likely make different decisions than if it is your forever home.

What is your budget?

Home upgrades don’t come cheap, so it’s helpful to determine a budget before you start. Consider renovations and upgrades as a smart way to maintain your home investment. By putting money into your home, you are helping maintain its integrity, style, usefulness and value.

When setting a budget, you can pay out of pocket or take out a personal or home equity loan. Additionally, some companies offer low-interest financing. If you plan to borrow, make sure you understand and are comfortable with payment terms. Once you set a budget, stick to it. Problems may arise that require unexpected additional costs, but often budget blowouts are from homeowners who start spending and the excitement causes them to spend more.

What purchases are worth the splurge?

Research and decide which purchases are worth spending more on. For example, appliances used nearly every day are a worthwhile investment – especially if they are more energy efficient and offer features that enhance your day-to-day routine. Rather than getting a basic washer, opt for the Life’s Good (LG) TWIN-Wash™ 2-in-1 washer. It can run two loads at once, saving homeowners time and energy, and it combines any Energy Star ® certified LG front load washer with a second washer, the LG Side-Kick™. This smaller washer sits in place of the pedestal and washes 3-4 pounds of clothes.

Owners of LG washers also can decide to upgrade their existing front load washer from 2009 on with the LG SideKick™ instead of purchasing a new one – making a big upgrade simple.


Bottom line: Make sure your purchase improves your daily life and is proven to last.

What is the return on investment (ROI)?

The ROI should be considered in many ways for home improvements. First, check out reputable reports like the Remodeling Cost versus Value Report. For example, adding fiberglass attic insulation recoups 107.7 percent of the cost. In addition to re-sale ROI, consider other ways you’ll get a return on your investment. Will your upgrade help you save energy and reduce your bills? Will it save you time and stress? Does it enhance your home’s aesthetic and flow? These are other ROIs that are just as valuable to consider.

What does the research say?

It’s worth your time to conduct research so you get the best outcome possible. Learn about materials to discover which is best for your lifestyle and research brands. If you’re hiring the project out, research contractors to find a reputable professional for the job.

Starting a home improvement project is exciting. Answering these questions will help ensure your time and financial investments are well spent.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.