Materials range in quality and pricing. Just because the material we suggest is lower pricing does not mean it is lower quality. In turn, just some materials are worth paying a little extra for.
“If you take $20,000 and spend it judiciously on a kitchen, you can make it look a million times better,” says Remodeling senior editor Jim Cory, who supervises the survey. “The design and product selection are key.”
Some of our customers believe that a high price tag guarantees the best products, but that’s not always true. For example, we do not recommend using marble in the foyer. Instead, use tile that closely simulates marble and is not only more durable but is a quarter the price. The same thing goes for marble counter tops. Marble is naturally very soft and is more likely to chip or crack. Quartz is more expensive than marble or granite, but the material is anti-microbial, requires less maintenance, and is more “life resistant” than natural stone. The situation is similar for brand-name items. For instance, you can almost always replace fancy brand-name plumbing fixtures with economical substitutes that perform as well for much less. For building products that are essentially commodities, like insulation and framing lumber, it always pays to shop around for the best price. In remodeling, as in most things in life, it is important to know the quality of the material rather than look at the price. The best advice we can give is to do some research and ask a Rise Above professional for what they recommend. Remember, we are here to help you make the choice that will fit best for budget, style, and life activities.
Why does my remodel cost more than what I see on HGTV?
We have all seen the formula on the HGTV shows play out over and over again. An owner has a long list of must-haves (which can quickly add up) and a very tight budget. Yet, somehow, the remodeling team is able to deliver the home of their dreams. Before you dial up any remodeling expert requesting prices that aren’t realistic for the scope of work you want done or your location, know that the project budgets you see on TV are just that — made for TV. Networks often partner with advertisers that provide free materials, and some contractors that appear on these shows will work at discounted rates in exchange for the free publicity. The costs of the free products or discounted labor are NOT included in the price given for the project. Remember reality TV is NOT reality.