Projects Not to Do It Yourself

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Projects Not to D-I-Y




Television today is awash with many real estate based reality shows: shows on buying your first home, buying and flipping homes, buying vacation homes, buying homes all over the world. There are also the programs that focus on D-I-Y, or do-it-yourself projects. In these shows savvy homeowners renovate bathrooms, kitchens, family rooms, etc. And as it is television the results are usually pretty good.


It can be very tempting to tackle some home improvement projects on your own. But before you strap in that tool bag and grab your Sewall, here are some home renovations to that may be better left to professionals.


·         Roofing- Most roofing companies have a minimum of three to four people doing a roofing project to insure that the job gets done quickly thereby minimizing exposure of the home to the elements.  As a do-it-yourselfer you probably will not be able to complete the project in a short enough period of time to avoid exposing your home to damage from the weather.  Plus you also risk serious injury from a fall.


·         Electrical-Here is another job probably better left to a licensed professional. Poor electrical work is a safety hazard.  There are safety codes that need to be followed and just because you were able to wire something and it worked, doesn't mean you haven't created a potential safety hazard that could jeopardize your home and family.


·         Insulation-Homeowners often assume that installing insulation like fiberglass is an easy project. It can be easy to leave gaps that draw heat and moisture into your walls creating a much bigger problem. Insulation contractors usually get a much better deal on the material costs than you would, offsetting the cost of the labor.


·         Structural work-This is definitely a project that should be left to a building professional. Structural work or changes should be drawn or approved by an engineer, whose specifications should be followed to the letter.




While many D-I-Y jobs are well within the scope of the average homeowner and can save you money, there are certain projects as those above that make it worth your while to get an expert involved.


Posted by
Jim Sinnott
Graduate of Real Estate Institute,GRI

Bedard Realty
500 East Washington Street
North Attleboro, MA02760
cell: 508-944-1274
office 508-699-5588
 Licensed in MA and RI
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Eric Pepper

And the repairs/renovations can be rolled into the purchase (or refi) with a renovation loan, either FHA 203(k) or FNMA's HomeStyle.
With rates at such low levels, especially taking the tax considerations into consideration, it's best to leave some of these jobs to the pros.

Jan 28, 2015 11:04 PM #53
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

Those TV shows make it look too easy! Plan on having it take 10 times as long and again, don't forget that you will need a permit. Great article!

Jan 28, 2015 11:17 PM #54
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Too many folks being a weekend warrior & ending up messing up their homes. Sometimes 'not just anybody' can do a repair or start an ample project.

One of my sellers last year summer contacted a company that was doing a neighbors roof & it was the 'special' price if we don't have to get a permit, etc. But the funny thing was, this sellers roof had to be replaced because it was installed all wrong in the 1st place. Probably the same guys lol!

Jan 29, 2015 12:19 AM #55
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Great topic for a blog!  I agree completely.  Also -- get receipts and complete descriptions of any work done by contractors before putting the house on the market.

Jan 29, 2015 01:11 AM #56
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Congrats on a well-deserved feature post Jim Sinnott 

Personally, I wish fix-n-flippers would consult us before they do renovations.   Often the results I've seen are very appealing, but sometimes the flipper ignored the most important improvements the property really needed to sell for top dollar.

Jan 29, 2015 03:46 AM #57
Shawn Clark

I used to own a construction company and I've done several fixer-uppers with my own money, and I've found that some jobs are so cheap through contractors that it's not worth doing them yourself. Things like windows, siding, roofing, and large drywall jobs are usually done very cheaply, quickly, and professionally by those who specialize in them.

Jan 29, 2015 04:50 AM #58
Marilyn O'Donoghue
Long & Foster Avalon - Avalon, NJ

I agree M.C. Dwyer.  As Realtors, we have the most up to date info as to what sells and what buyers want.  Great topic Jim Sinnott.

Jan 29, 2015 05:44 AM #59
Jim Sinnott
Bedard Realty - North Attleboro, MA
Realtor, GRI Licensed in MA and RI

Thanks. I didn't realize that this was such a hot topic. I am glad to be able to stimulate great conversation throughout the community.

Jan 29, 2015 06:10 AM #60
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

A well deserved feature. It really has gotten A lot of publicity!  Congratulatios. For a job well done

Jan 29, 2015 11:32 AM #61
Missoula Valley Properties, LLC - Missoula, MT

I would add plumbing to that list also.

Jan 29, 2015 10:12 PM #62
Liane Thomas -Top Listing Agent
Professional Realty Services® International - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

From a Real Estate perspective, it is a red flag if a seller discloses repairs NOT done by a professional. Better to just hire the right person the first time.

Jan 30, 2015 12:44 AM #63
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Good list.  Of course it does depend on your skill set.  I helped a friend do his roof once.  Very quick and smooth job, but he knew what he was doing.  

Jan 30, 2015 01:30 AM #64
Hank Dugie
Brockway Realty, LLC - League City, TX
Mr. League City

Great blog! There are somethings you want a known proefessional company to do for you. Even if you have the ability to perform the work, the big companies can provide warratnies that buyers want.

Jan 31, 2015 08:14 AM #65
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

A wise person knows their limits.  That applies to home repairs as much as anything else in life.

Jan 31, 2015 06:28 PM #66
Jim Sinnott
Bedard Realty - North Attleboro, MA
Realtor, GRI Licensed in MA and RI

You are right, Grasshopper. It is a wise person who knows his limit,it is a fool who goes beyond theirs.

Jan 31, 2015 09:24 PM #67
Doyle Davison
Hawaiian Beaches Hawaii - 714-968-6767 - Huntington Beach, CA
30 years as your Concierge services listing broker

definitely good valid points, leave the skilled labor to those who are proficient at what they do. Last thing you want is to do the job twice or someone gets hurt by because of workmanship.

Feb 01, 2015 02:25 PM #68
Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois - Frankfort, IL
Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos

this deserves repeating often

Feb 15, 2015 03:07 PM #69
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Oh and let's add tile to this list. Too many uneven grout lines and multi-level tiles in too many kitchens. And can we not do choclate brown grout with white tile ...yikes!

Mar 02, 2015 02:33 PM #70
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

D-I-Y gone wrong is evident is well intentioned but poorly executed upgrades.  The homeowner wants more for the "upgrades" and the buyer wants to pay less because of the demolition work that will have to be done.

Sep 14, 2015 02:48 AM #71
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Great blog.  I just found it because it was re-blogged and i am glad I got to see it

Sep 14, 2015 02:16 PM #72
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