Remember not all DIY remodeling projects are considered equal

Reblogger Gabe Sanders
Real Estate Agent with Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales 3090099

This is a must read for anyone considering doing a home remodeling or updating project.  It's pretty easy to get in over your head and to spend way to much without any hope of a return:


Original content by Dorie Dillard

Before tackling any remodeling, take time to consider the expertise you will need. Do your homework and use these 10 points as a checklist:

1. Don’t believe you have the skill for every home remodeling project

2. Don’t enlist inexperienced friends and family to help

3. Understand your budget and don’t assume you won’t go over

4. Don’t underestimate the time for any project always add a little for the unexpected

5. Investigate the local building codes and area regulations

6. Gather pictures of what you want (they are worth a 1,000 words) and show them to your contractor

7. Don’t risk your safety in trying to finish up a remodeling project

8. Make sure you have all the components before beginning any remodeling

9. Research - guarantee you have all the specifics before tackling any project

10. Where there is a will there is a way for any remodeling project. Seek professional advice it will be worth it in the long run

Taking on a remodeling job could be in your future. Be smart and know there are many factors to consider. Your favorite make over TV show makes it look so’s not! Many home remodeling projects involve more expertise than others.

It’s wise to take on projects every year...don’t try and play catch up when you go to sell. Many homeowners believe their home is a work in progress and take pride in timely updates and enjoy their new looks!

Experts and studies tell us the 2 areas of your home you will receive the largest ROI on remodeling is the kitchen and master bath. Buyers are expecting updates in those areas if they are going to be swayed to pay top dollar. However the practical buyer can be swayed by the following projects and they won’t break the bank and adds value while giving you a decent RIO:

1. Front door refurbishing

Your front door is like the cover on a book- it suggests what you might find inside. First impressions are so important!


2. Window replacement

Energy efficiency is a top priority for many practical buyers who are looking closely at their monthly utility bills.


3. Modernize your lighting

Buyers love bright rooms and want plenty of lighting. Is it time to add recessed lighting to the kitchen and living area? How about checking out the new looks and change those dated light fixtures?


4. Systematize your closets

Storage is a high priority for many buyers. Cluttered closets draw attention to the size of closet storage. Changing the function of your closet with closet organizers, appeals to the concern of storage space.


Before you consider any remodeling project large or small determine what skill set and experience you possess to execute a project. Be honest with yourself and seek professional advice when you know a project is out of your area of expertise. Time is money and many subscribe to the motto “I’ll do what I do best and hire the rest.” Remember not all DIY projects are considered equal and the same goes for the person attempting the DIY project!


Thinking of selling your NW Austin home? Reach out to me at 512-346-1799 or so we can explore your options. I’d be happy to provide you with a market analysis and free consultation. I live in NW Austin and can help prospective sellers go from Listed to Sold with my online and print marketing. I offer hands on Professional guidance for all your real estate needs.

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Peter Mohylsky
Your Bucket List Broker along 30a

Nice post and thanks for the repost.  Happy New Year,

Dec 27, 2016 04:18 AM #1
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Great reblog, Gabe (especially as I missed the original post). I've seen lots of people get into "real trouble" because of DIY projects.

Dec 27, 2016 04:31 AM #2
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Gabe Sanders -  Thanks for getting this out to a bigger audience. Great info from Dorie Dillard .

Dec 27, 2016 05:50 AM #3
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

What a great choice for a reblog my friend!  Dorie Dillard knows what she is talking about and I always enjoy her tips!

Dec 27, 2016 06:23 AM #4
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

nice reblog.. yes tis the season when folks think they are DIYselfers and may not realize the scope of their true project

Dec 27, 2016 07:06 AM #5
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

Thanks for the reblog. Missed it the 1st time around.

Dec 27, 2016 07:41 AM #6
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I show a lot of foreclosed homes and they seem to have a lot in common. The improvements look like fair to poor quality and most of my investors say they will have to tear them out. Quality matters.

Dec 27, 2016 02:09 PM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Home sellers need to be very selective and take great care with their home improvement projects.

Dec 27, 2016 04:28 PM #8
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Gabe, Excellent reblog of Dories post. She makes several really good points about DIY remodeling projects. 

Dec 29, 2016 02:04 PM #9
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my re-blog.

Jan 31, 2017 06:06 AM #10
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for your comments, always appreciated.

Jan 31, 2017 06:06 AM #11
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