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Archive for March 13, 2008

Discount Vanities

Everyone wants more for less.  Well, lets do the math.  When you buy a high end vanity, you increase the value of your house.  When you buy a discount vanity, there is a good chance that a potential homebuyer could end up seeing the vanity as something that they will need to redo, thus massively decreasing the value of your home.  Now, things aren’t this simple.  If you manage to get your hands on a discount vanity that looks and feels like it is a high end vanity, it might not affect the price of your remodel as much.  Most appraisers don’t get into the specifics of the make and model of every fixture in your house.  They just don’t have the time (or dedication to accuracy, for that matter).  China is getting better and better and producing high quality vanity knockoffs of the major brands.  But…  And this is a big but… You are taking a big chance when you buy a discount vanity.  Buying one online is basically out of the question.  Just don’t do it.  If you can make a personal visit to a bathroom showroom and identify a high end discount vanity, then you aren’t taking much of a risk.  But this presents its own dilema.  The bathroom showroom business is extremely difficult.  Showrooms like to make a markup of almost 100% on the items they sell.  Running a showroom requires a huge rent payment, lease payment on the buildout, inventory payments, salary, and profit for the owner.  These showrooms are forced to charge a fortune just to make some money.  So you won’t find a discount vanity in a showroom.  As far as I can tell, there just isn’t a good solution.  Either you buy online and take a huge risk of receiving a cheap vanity that will waste your time and energy, or you go into a showroom and find that they don’t have any good looking discount vanities for sale.  What to do?  I say buy brand name.  In the end, the choice is yours.  Good luck.