3 DIY Tips to Protect Your Home's Value

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Hi folks, Scott here...let’s talk today a little about caring for your home.  How do you take care of maintenance items in your home?  Do you perform the maintenance yourself, or do you hire a professional to do the work?  Even if you’re a capable handyman, it may not always be the right decision to perform the work yourself.   Before diving in, honestly evaluate your ability to perform the job against what a professional would cost.


By no means am I telling you not to take on projects yourself!  If you have the skills, the time, and the tools to perform good work on your home, do so.  Here are a 3 tips to help you retain value in your home when you perform home maintenance.


1 - Document what you did!  Buyers love to see records when a mechanical contractor services a part of your home.  You should do the same.  If there’s room, write the install date in permanent marker on the side of the appliance or fixture you installed.  Otherwise, take pictures of the process and make a quick note on each one.  Put the records in a safe place, or tape them in a plastic bag to the appliance.


2 - Spend the extra money on buying the right tools!  For example, If you’re performing some plumbing, buy a pipe wrench...don’t just use vise-grips!  The wrong tool can easily do unintended damage and leave tell-tale signs of shoddy DIY work.  The right tools are always the right choice!


3 - Finally, Don’t skimp on the cosmetics!  After performing solid work, clean up around your repair, and repair or repaint any necessary areas that were damaged before or during your work.  Even if you did a perfect repair job, any damage or mess around it will raise a buyer’s level of skepticism in the quality of your work.   


I hope these tips are helpful as you plan your home projects.  If you have questions about your home or need advice on a professional to help you with maintenance, give me a call!


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Trisha Bush-LeFore
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Great DIY tips. I always try to put receipts and manuals in plastic bags with corresponding items or give them a file folder in the cabinet.

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