I 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.