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Upgrading Your Home: Lower Your Utilities

Last year my fiancé and I, along with our kids all moved in together. He lives in an older home, so it was time for us to start upgrading our home. We knew financially we wouldn’t be able to do it all by hiring out someone, so we’ve been doing everything ourselves. We’ve watched a lot of different YouTube videos and read through a ton of tutorials online. They really help a lot when it comes to being a DIY type of person.

We upgraded both of our bathrooms from the flooring to sink vanities to toilets, along with painting and resurfacing the walls. By doing the work ourselves, we were able to do both bathrooms for less than $1000 total, which is really great.

How to purchase

Next up, we are going to complete our kitchen. We recently purchased a new refrigerator, new stove, and new dishwasher. We found ours all on sale or a deep discount due to minor imperfections, so it was very affordable for us. Another way you can purchase new appliances so it’s not just a huge amount of money at once is using different catalogues for credit. There are a lot of different brands out there you can acquire credit through so you can stretch your payment out over weeks or months. This is a great option for people who don’t have a huge cash flow.

Why should I upgrade?

The great thing about upgrading your home and purchasing upgraded appliances and bathroom fixtures is it will save you money on your utilities. New dishwashers use less water and electricity, a new convection oven will cook your food faster, which means less electricity used, and a new refrigerator will have a better seal and will keep your food colder and is more efficient than an older model.

I highly recommend upgrading your home as you can, even if it’s a period of over a year or two!

Have you done any upgrading recently? Did you do it yourself or hire someone?