Buying, Fixing Up and Selling, Five-Part Series

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

buy fix and sellI want you to know that I don't often hold a hammer in this manner. My husband shot this photo toward the end of a long day when I wasn't paying attention to what he was doing; I just wanted to be finished hammering nails into the my new garage framing. He wasn't too pleased when I suggested we build our own garage, because he doesn't get involved in home improvement projects. If you ask him, he'll tell you that he "hates wood." I suspect he hates it even more now.

But I, on the other hand, absolutely adore fixing up homes. For ten years, that's all I did. I bought homes, fixed them up and sold them. By doing all the work myself, I saved a ton of money, which all went to my bottom-line profits. Sold the homes myself, too, directly to home buyers who were unrepresented.

For your reading enjoyment (or amusement, I haven't decided which), I have included a five-part series below, consisting of articles I have written about how to buy, fix-up and sell a home. It covers a journey of five home remodels, how I bought them, what I did to improve them, and what happened after I sold them.

I started out with small projects and eventually built-out an entire lower level of a split-level home. I'm still doing home improvement projects, but my husband says we are not moving again. Much of the work I do nowadays, though, I hire out. But some things I still do myself. I figure why pay somebody else to screw them up when I can totally mess up by myself for free?

Here is How to Buy, Fix-Up & Sell, Part 1. Installing ceiling fans, painting, restoring wood floors and installing ceramic tile.

Buy, Fix-Up and Sell, Part 2. Refinishing hardwood, stripping painted woodwork, installing a drop ceiling.

Buy, Fix-Up and Sell, Part 3. Installing skylights, replacing a bathroom floor, remodeling a kitchen.

Buy, Fix-Up and Sell, Part 4. Building a fireplace, framing walls, hanging Sheetrock.

Buy, Fix-Up and Sell, Part 5. Building a garage, replacing basement stairs, installing kitchen island, building a deck.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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Rainmaker
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Natalie Langford
Realty Negotiations - Winchester, VA
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That photo is just great!  As far as I'm concerned, your man's lucky you appreciate the rewards of hard work.  Now, where are all the before and after photos of your previous projects?  I'm an HGTV addict! 
Mar 14, 2008 08:11 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I know, Natalie. You'd think any guy would be thrilled that his wife loves doing these projects, well, except when they include him. Except for the garage, though, I did all the other projects by myself, and all the other homes by myself. I mean, by myself. My two hands. But with two, the job does go much faster. As for the before and after photos, I have them included in the links I supplied. If you click on the photo in some of the articles, you will see the before photo, too.

I thought people might be interested in a first-person story. But I guess I was wrong, given the lack of comments.


 

Mar 14, 2008 08:19 PM #2
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Teri Ellis at Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Elizabeth, if I were a little younger and didn't have the long nails, this might be appealing to me. I have always been interested in how wood can be shaped. I have a multitude of other things that I focus on though. Good for you. This photo looks like you have dark hair! ;-)

Pepper

Mar 14, 2008 08:28 PM #3
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Aackk. That was a ten-year-old photo, before all the gray stood out like big thumbs and the wrinkles around my eyes were punctuated by my hair's darkness. Don't you know it, we all look better when we're of a certain age with lighter hair!

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Mar 14, 2008 08:39 PM #4
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Carol Judd
Patriot Real Estate - Vernal, UT
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I plan to read your articles.  I am looking at a couple of rehabs.  Little scarey to jump in.
Mar 16, 2008 10:00 AM #5
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That's nice of you to say, Carol. The scariness is mostly in your mind. Once you jump in, it's FUN! Sure, you could open a wall and find a swam of termites have eaten away all the studs and sills, but that doesn't happen very often.


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