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Don’t Be Afraid To Splurge On These 9 Home Items

Sometimes, investing in more expensive varieties of home decor and building materials or finishes can be the more practical way to go

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As fun as decorating a home can be, it can also pose a challenge, especially if your budget is tight. But despite that, there are certain home items that you should not be afraid of spending on. Even though they may be pricier upfront, in the long run they will be more functional and enduring, therefore saving you more money. Find out what those items are:

Lighting


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You may think that lighting is not that important in a home, but they actually are. More than choosing a light fixture that fits into the look of your space, make sure to go for the kind that will help you save money in the long run—meaning, one which is durable and energy-efficient. Choosing this kind of light fixture will guarantee that you won’t have to spend on replacements and repairs more often. The best option is an incandescent bulb which, compared to a fluorescent bulb, is more expensive, but also more long-lasting and uses up less energy.

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Flooring


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Another element of the home that you may think is not that significant is the type of flooring you will use. Aside from considering what kind of finish will complement the look of the space and the function of that specific room, also think about the durability of the material that you will be using. Again, the more durable the material, the more long-lasting and efficient it will be, therefore saving you money in the long run.

READ: What Wall and Floor Finishes Are Best For Your Home?

Major furniture and appliances


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One principle we can stick to when buying appliances and furniture is this: The more expensive an item is, the higher its quality. Of course, there are exceptions to this, but in general, the rule stands. Sticking to this can be difficult if you are on a budget, but the great thing about buying more expensive models is that they tend to stay highly functional even after a long time. Think of that pricey refrigerator or sofa or washing machine as an investment that will benefit you more and more in the future.

Dinnerware and cookware


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These are some of those things that will always be necessary, because cooking and eating are part of everyday life. Because of this, it is important to invest in kitchen items that you can use for a long time. For your dinnerware, go for those which are made of sturdy in material and also timeless in appearance, so you can use them every day and for different occasions. On the other hand, high-quality cookware will make cooking and food prep more efficient, especially if you maintain them well.

Decorative items


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If you are on a tight budget, splurging on decorative items like throw pillows, vases, and figurines, which can be quite pricey, can seem impractical. But actually, these items are a great way to elevate even the simplest room, and to infuse a bit of your personality and taste into your space. So don’t be afraid of investing in some décor. They will do your space good, as long as you don’t go overboard.

Mattresses, pillows, and beddings


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It’s not a secret that using the right kind of mattress and bed trimmings can help make you sleep better. And just as with other home items, the more luxurious your mattress, pillows, and beddings are, the more comfortable your nights will be, as bed trimmings of higher quality will be able to support your body better.

READ: 7 Things You Need To Achieve The Perfect Bed

Door locks


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Whether we like it or not, the possibility of having our homes taken advantage of is quite high, especially now. This makes it more imperative to invest in door locks of higher quality. Of course, aside from your home, you and your loved ones will benefit greatly from the increased protection.

Vacuum cleaners


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Cleaning the home can be a pain if you don’t have a trusty vacuum cleaner to suck up all the dust and debris lurking there. If you have the budget, go for a model which may have a higher price tag, but features high suction capabilities, instead of a cheaper one which may just expel dust and microbes back into the air, thus increasing the possibility of diseases and allergic reactions.

Tools


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No matter how well we take care of our homes, small maintenance issues are still inevitable, which necessitates having the right tools. The high-end tools usually tend to be the most durable, so try to go for those when shopping for your home. But aside from the quality, choose the tools that are not too heavy or bulky for you, so that you can use them efficiently, should home issues requiring repair arise.

READ: These Tools Should Be In Your Home Tool Kit

Source: Apartment Therapy

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