Home improvement: What drives you crazy?

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
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We all have our boiling points–the moment when we just can’t stand home improvement one minute longer. Then it subsides and the world continues on as planned. As you go about remodeling your house, consider your tipping points and how much it would cost to rectify the situation. Do you spend the money on home improvement or not? Here are some examples to consider:

  • A dripping faucet. You live with it for a few months, but finally say that enough is enough. The cost to fix it? Perhaps $100 for the plumber’s time and maybe another $100 to $150 for a new faucet, if needed. If you can replace it yourself, you’re ahead of the game, says Familyhandyman.com.
  • A leaking front door. If you live in a cold climate, those below zero days take their toll. If you just need new weather stripping and a “sweep” strip at the bottom of the door, it might be $100 to $200 for materials and installation.
  • Ugly kitchen cabinets. Unless you are prepared to do some serious kitchen remodeling, you need to do some kitchen cabinet painting. Another option is to debate whether to replace or reface your kitchen cabinets. The cost for painting is $100 or so for supplies or $400 to $800 to hire a painter. Cabinet refacing is $1,500 to $3,000 or more.
  • Worn bathroom tile. Depending on the size, you can spend $1,000 to $3,000 for a contractor to replace it.

Yes, we all have our boiling points that drive us to the kitchen remodeling contractor’s door. Just make sure you weigh those home improvement costs carefully. Is it worth the expense of remodeling? Then again, is remodeling better than living with the frustration of your dripping faucet, leaking front door and ugly kitchen cabinets?

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  1. One Response to “Home improvement: What drives you crazy?”

  2. jamie
    Feb 15, 2011

    You can usually fix or replace a leaking faucet by yourself (and save on the plumber’s bill). Oftentimes it is the small rubber gasket that has deteriated and causes the leak. Lots of instructions online…

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