Clean Slate

Real Estate Agent with Austin Texas Homes

Everyone needs a fresh start from time to time even a Realtor. I cleaned off my desk this morning and was reminded of how long I had put off this task. It would have been simpler to make a weekly not monthly duty. But I digress. 

When it comes to home improvement and repairs it can get very frustrating and challenging to get them completed. Here are some quick tips:


1. DO NOT START WHAT YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FINISH: The google videos and our talented friends convince us that it's easy right? Well not so much. Be honest about your limitations. if you have never put in flooring before, your kitchen floor is not the place to experiment. If you want to learn tag along with friends you know that have done it before and help them or ask them to help you. 


2. MAKE A REALISTIC LIST OF THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE THIS YEAR. Many minor repairs we ignore around the home can be done very simply. Tightenup loose screws in door hinges, door knobs, cabinetry. Caulking around windows or the tub/shower. Touch up painting. Replacing a broken facet in the sink. There may be larger issues you want to highlight and budget for as well as begin to get bids for repair: New fencing, replacing a water heater, Upgrading kitchen sinks and counter tops. 


3. SAVE FOR THE BIG ONES: It is always a good idea to have a home improvement/repair savings. Throw in 10 to 20 dollars each month and use this money for the larger repairs. You can also use the money you make from yard sales and the sale of old furniture. 


If home improvement is frustrating you, you are doing it wrong. With planning and saving you can make it fun. Do what you know how to do and let the professionals do what they do best. 


Posted by


Alan Kirkpatrick /Realtor

Austin Texas Homes

Fax 512-514-1926

Office/Cell 512-709-3336

email: alan@alaninaustin.












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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Alan- I like this post!  It's a lot easier to make a list and prioritize what has to be done and what you'd like to do.  Isn't it funny how we will put off something only to say when we've completed the task.."gee, that was easy, why didn't we do it sooner."

Jan 09, 2017 11:11 AM #1
Randy Hilman, Associate Broker
Randy Hilman Homes - Moultonborough, NH
What Matters to You, Means Everything to Me!

Hi Alan Kirkpatrick.  I'm with you on the clean slate initiative.  I'm still looking at piles on my desk and a few dust bunnies, but you've inspired me to get cracking.  It's the same with home projects, isn't it.  So much could be accomplished over a period of time, if we could just commit to a plan of action that focused on incremental victories instead of the grand, all-iinclusive task.

Jan 09, 2017 11:31 AM #2
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Alan.  I can see you are right on target today.  BTW today is my day to clean my slate and desk

Jan 10, 2017 03:27 AM #3
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Saving for the big ones can make all the difference in the world. Love and light! Keep up the positivity!

Jan 10, 2017 11:44 PM #4
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