Avoid money sucking, gut wrenching DIY nightmares... and increase your homes value at the same time

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Avoid money sucking, gut wrenching DIY nightmares...

 

and increase your homes value  at the same time tips, #1.

 

Do it yourself

 

 

Avoid money sucking, gut wrenching DIY nightmares... and increase your homes value at the same time tips.

 

 

To DIY or not to DIY, that is the question.... I have many owners wondering if they should take the plunge and do the work themselves, or bite the bullet and pay for a professional. 

 

Do it yourself

 

 

Obviously every situation is different, but over the years, I’ve seen some clients make some "doozeys"   so here;s my guide to the top DIY mistakes and how you can avoid them.

 

 

 

1. Time

 

Ask yourself, "Do I have the time to do the project?"  Be realistic, Job, home, kids...  all are big drains on your time and they are not going away because of a home project.  You want to get your home to the market as quick as possible but a half-finished driveway, partially attached siding, or unfinished trim can turn buyers away faster than garlic to a vampire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

busy homeowner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Permits

 

 

The mantra of real estate is "Location, location, location..."  But if you;re going to fix up your house to sell in today’s market you should also be thinking..."Permits, Permits, Permits".  

Yes I know its paperwork.  

Yes I know it takes time.  

Yes I know it;s a hassle.   But the reality is, if your home doesn;t have the proper permits it can be near impossible to sell.  You want to get the most money possible from your house, and you know potential buyers want to pay as little as possible. 

 An un permitted repair starts an immediate negotiation....  and not in your favor.

 

 

 

 

3.  Space

 

Make sure you have the space to put all your construction materials.  I had one client that elected to become their own contractor and redo the driveway....  It was a great idea until the trucks showed up with all the raw materials and the owner realized there was no place to put the rocks and asphalt.....

 

 

 

 

If you want anything done well, do it yourself. This is why most people laugh at their own jokes.

 Bob Edwards 

 

 

 

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You make some good points here Inna. Nothing wrong with doing it yourself, but at least make sure it makes sense to do.

Feb 29, 2012 12:23 AM #1
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Inna Ivchenko
Mannis Real Estate Group - Calabasas, CA
Los Angeles / Valley Homes

Thanks Tom!

You know, we see it all. I'm often surprised how good ideas end up with nothing, because one just didn't think it through. Right? or Permits~ not that difficult to get! But homeowners are in a rush of 'I want it now' and when they sell finally we deal with unpermitted 'improvements'!

 

Feb 29, 2012 01:13 AM #2
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Phil Leng
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Hi Inna,

Just two days ago I commented to a buyer, "Some people just should not try to do the home improvements themselves!"

Your cartoon of the lobotomy made me laugh!

Phil

Feb 29, 2012 02:34 AM #3
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DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
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Inna,

These DIYer!  I see many of these projects that unfortunately look like they were done by someone thinking they could do it but the work looks shoddy! 

Have a great day!

Feb 29, 2012 09:10 AM #4
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Inna Ivchenko
Mannis Real Estate Group - Calabasas, CA
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Thanks Phil! This is really funny picture:)

Thanks DeeDee for visiting! It is most of the times looks 'shoddy', and what is really interesting, doing DIY and failing we are ( all of us do DIY projects once in a while~~ guilty, guilty;)   still so emotionally connected and proud of 'mission completed'.

p.s. btw, love, love your smile!

Phil is absolutely right:"Some people just should not try to do the home improvements themselves!"

Mar 02, 2012 12:06 AM #5
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Jennifer Chiongbian
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I have no idea why people do DYI projects on the most expensive investment of their lives.  Unless they are professional contractors, or it is a tiny repair, all these things should be left up to a professioanal!

Franken-house anyone???  Buyers can see right through this...

Mar 04, 2012 12:12 PM #6
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I love the variety and playful sense of humor you show in your blog.  You will find yourself hitting milestones in no time flat!!!

Mar 04, 2012 03:06 PM #7
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Thanks Ladies:)

You inspire me!

thanks for help, ladies of active rain!

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