Remember not all DIY remodeling projects are considered equal

Reblogger Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage NRDS # 146013739

I will be saving this post for future reference. Our clients can gather valuable information for a DIY whether they are selling or remodeling for their own use.  Even if they hire a professional for the entire project, a lot can be gleaned from this post!

In number 5, I would emphasize to my clients to make sure permits are pulled. Talk directly to the department that handles permits and inspections....depending on the type of remodel. I have seen way to many remodels that are not permitted creating additional problems down the road. 


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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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Know what you don't know....unless the homeowner is a contractor or exceptionally to pay someone who is !

Jan 03, 2017 05:08 AM #1
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ,

Thank you for the re-blog..I appreciate it! I'm finding more and more homeowners taking shortcuts with their remodeling efforts and its turning out they are paying big time for these miss-steps!

Jan 03, 2017 05:11 AM #2
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Thanks for the re-blog Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - missed this on the first pass!

Jan 03, 2017 05:39 AM #3
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hey Sheri-thanks for the re-blog missed it the first time it was published.

Jan 03, 2017 05:45 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sheri. I think I must have missed this and it is excellent. Dorie has created a handout.

Jan 03, 2017 06:50 AM #5
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

This is a great choice for a re-blog.  Just because you see it on DIY Network doesn't mean you should tackle a project on your own.

Jan 03, 2017 08:23 AM #6
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Good one to reblog.  DIY projects are often started without a true look into the scope and cost of the project.

Jan 03, 2017 09:54 AM #7
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Good reblog choice, Sheri. I see so many poor remodel jobs where the owner would have been better served to do less and do it right.

Jan 04, 2017 10:47 AM #8
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