To repair or replace? That is the question
A creaking floorboard. A finicky toaster. Are these bothersome quirks serious enough to be replaced or can you get by with a simple repair?
Small appliances such as a toaster or coffee pot probably cost more to repair than replace. For dishwashers, ovens and other large appliances, consider replacing older models with energy-efficient new ones.
If it's leaking, drafty or made of poor-quality materials, replace it. You will save money on heating and cooling, which will pay for itself over time. Plus, replacing an older front door with a new one will increase not only the security of your property, but the curb appeal as well.
Old wooden flooring
Depending on the condition of your wood floors, repairing and refinishing is more affordable than replacing – especially if you're willing to do some or all of the work yourself. Keep in mind that it's not always necessary to sand the floors down to the raw wood. It's wise to consult a flooring contractor to find out just how much work the job will require.
Replace warped, poorly fitting windows with today's energy-efficient styles. Your energy bills will shrink and your home's value will increase with this popular upgrade.
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