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Soher Naffa

The best way in my opinion is to choose alternatives. Everyone likes to live in his dream house where he sees all he likes in his little paradise but with little compromise, you can still enjoy your dream house with the available alternatives without worrying about the big money you will end up paying.

   
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jmpjmp

It can be a big mistake to cut corners that reduce aesthetic pleasure, quality, or resale value--assuming the renovation is for YOU and not for a "flip." As the article points out, there are ways to save here and there, but better to wait until you have saved up sufficiently than to omit what essentially is the frosting on your cake. When financed and/or enjoyed over many years, an extra 10-20% matters very little.

   
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jmpjmp

I also agree with the other answers to Clikmania--travel now, renovate later. The rental market is terrific right now and the renovation market pretty much the opposite. In two years, who knows, but the tables might be turned. Plus, your travels will give you more time to think and collect good ideas. Maybe you'll even decide to move!

   

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