3 Projects You Should Never DIY When Selling a Home

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If a Seller is trying to sell their home and make money, a lot of homeowners like to save money in whatever ways they can. These rings especially true for Investor-flippers who think they can save a lot of money by doing the rehab or updating themselves.

Some DYI jobs are definitely easier than others, and some will cost more in the long run – if you mess it up. Although DIYers can read books or even watch YouTube how-to videos that make it look easy, those are often deceptive in the amount of skill and time that are actually required.


When it comes to doing home improvement jobs, I discovered that there are three of them that ought to be left to experienced experts. Getting these wrong costs more than it is worth in terms of money and time. Not only could it take awhile for homeowners to figure these jobs out, but after they mess, they'd have to wait until a professional could come and correct it. This meant the house could look like a disaster much longer than if they used a professional in the first place. You don't want to possibly delay the listing, or the sale. 

Putting Up Drywall

The first problem with drywall is going to be the lifting. If the homeowner who is selling the home doesn't have a good back, lifting, hauling, and hanging drywall can be a clumsy and draining process.


Putting up drywall is also an incredibly dusty task. When sanding, the dust is so fine that it gets in everything not covered. You need to wear a mask to be sure that you are not breathing it.


The greatest problem with drywall is getting it properly plastered, sanded, and smooth. It can be hard to get the corners right, or cover the tape so it does not show. I found that an expert can do this quickly and make it look very good. The same is true when putting textures on the wall or ceiling. They can easily make it look uniform throughout a room or on a ceiling, making you happy when they are finished.

Putting on a New Roof

Here is another task that should be left to the experts. If you get it wrong you risk a leaky roof, or one that looks bad, or uneven. If you try doing your own roof, and then halfway through decide it does not look right, a professional will have to start over by tearing off what you did.

Having a team of experts do it means they can finish the job right in one or two days. They do everything for you, including lifting the heavy shingles and tar paper up to the roof. They can quickly tear off the old one, dispose of it properly, and then put down new roofing paper and shingles. They are also accustomed to the heat, which is a big deal for selling a home in Arizona. Oh and one small thing too – they are insured. 

Plumbing Tasks

This is one task that most people will gladly leave to the experts. Getting this one wrong will cost you, especially if leaks develop later.

Use a professional plumber ensures that any work they do will be up to code. They will also use the right materials. One more thing that is important to know is that they will guarantee their work, which means if there are problems with the repair or new installation, that they will come back and get it right – at no additional cost. If you get it wrong, and continue to get it wrong, you really could end up costing yourself much more time, effort, and money than if you just left it to a qualified professional.

Unless you have a lot of spare time on your hands, these tasks are best left to the real experts. While they do their work, you can use your valuable time for other more important things, and be able to move on with your life – knowing that it was done right the first time.

What do you think? Have you ever had a DIY-type homeowner attempt to tackle these jobs themselves? What was the outcome? Or do you always tell them to use professionals. Chime in! 






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Posted by Tracy "Royce of Real Estate"

Tracy (G+) is a Distressed Property Expert, Investor, Rehabber, and pre-foreclosure extraordinaire specializing in the Phoenix-metro market. She also is an avid blogger, social media enthusiast, contributor to leading Real Estate Magazines, and coach to aspiring real estate investors. Let's connect on Facebook! 


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Comments (3)

Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

It pays to hire a professional it is always money well spent. Thanks for sharing have a great day.

Dec 30, 2014 12:06 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Tracy, I agree whole heartily and would add a fourth:  no electrical unless you really know what you are doing!   As Pat said-leave it to a professional! 

Dec 30, 2014 12:39 AM
Tracy Royce
Short Sale Arizona, Arizona Short Sale Realtor - Phoenix, AZ
Royce of Real Estate - Short Sale Arizona

Yes, Bruce, that could really cause some major issues. Thanks for posting! 

Dec 30, 2014 02:44 AM