Everyone needs a fresh start from time to time even a Realtor. I cleaned off my desk this morning and was reminded of how long I had put off this task. It would have been simpler to make a weekly not monthly duty. But I digress.
When it comes to home improvement and repairs it can get very frustrating and challenging to get them completed. Here are some quick tips:
1. DO NOT START WHAT YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FINISH: The google videos and our talented friends convince us that it's easy right? Well not so much. Be honest about your limitations. if you have never put in flooring before, your kitchen floor is not the place to experiment. If you want to learn tag along with friends you know that have done it before and help them or ask them to help you.
2. MAKE A REALISTIC LIST OF THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE THIS YEAR. Many minor repairs we ignore around the home can be done very simply. Tightenup loose screws in door hinges, door knobs, cabinetry. Caulking around windows or the tub/shower. Touch up painting. Replacing a broken facet in the sink. There may be larger issues you want to highlight and budget for as well as begin to get bids for repair: New fencing, replacing a water heater, Upgrading kitchen sinks and counter tops.
3. SAVE FOR THE BIG ONES: It is always a good idea to have a home improvement/repair savings. Throw in 10 to 20 dollars each month and use this money for the larger repairs. You can also use the money you make from yard sales and the sale of old furniture.
If home improvement is frustrating you, you are doing it wrong. With planning and saving you can make it fun. Do what you know how to do and let the professionals do what they do best.