When starting a new build or a reno, it feels like your carefully honed budget can quickly spiral out of control. As unexpected costs rear their pricy heads, you’re likely going to start asking about more cost-effective alternatives — which is fine. It's always good to do your research, and there are absolutely places where you can be economical so you can save your money for things that are important to you. But, there are some places where you can’t — which brings us to value vs cost. Here are five options where the upfront investment is higher (cost), but the higher-quality option pays off in the long run by saving you money (value).