Think before you DIY

Real Estate Agent with JH Realty Partners 6501309180

I have been a Realtor since 2002 - I have seen many different market situations come and go. Each year comes with its new challenges and opportunities.


2017, has been one of the most difficult years for inspections in my world. I was trying to think why this year over other years, what is the cause for this?


DIY projects, is my answer!


As DIY becomes more popular with how-to videos on You Tube, my job becomes increasingly more challenging when it's time for home inspections. Because everything you read on the internet is not true!


There are many DIY projects I think are great and can be very fun, there are others I feel you need to leave to the professional.


At times, the job is done so poorly, it ends up costing the DIYer more money than if they hired out in the beginning.


I get it, really I do, working with your own 2 hands and creating something is awesome and a great feeling of achievement. However…………


Here is a short list I beg you not to DIY


  • Plumbing

  • Heating and cooling

  • Roof

  • Deck

  • Waterproofing a basement

  • Electrical work


Here is another list of DIY projects that have made my buyers not want to put an offer on a home due to the work not looking professional and in the end the buyer still feels they will need to “renovate” and all they can see is $$$$$$


  • Tile work - so many times uneven lines - making the buyer feel this will have to be done again

  • Putting up kitchen cabinets that do not fit - either run off or that uncomfortable spacing

  • Painting - much run over - not straight lines  

Did you know many projects may require a permit? As a buyer's agent if we see upgrades to the home, we look to make sure the proper permit was pulled, why? Because when submitting for a permit you must turn in your plans for the project and the city comes back to make sure it was done properly and to code.


Each township or city has their own list of what is required - here's a link to kent county’s permits and information.


If you are going to do that DIY project, do it legally with proper permits and my suggestion pay the profession of the given field to come check it out and be sure it's done properly,  BEFORE you list your home and have inspections, it will save you money and listing time on market!



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Michelle Gordon is a Realtor with JH Realty Partners - Ada, Michigan -  With a team of Realtors who's Focus is 1st time home buyers, Relocation, Luxury listings and Commercial Properties in West Michigan.  You may find Michelle on facebook, twitter or linked in and she invites you to join her.


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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
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Great post! Some homeowners do irreversible damage to their home and to their equity by designing and renovating on their own.

Aug 15, 2017 06:58 AM #1
Michelle Gordon
JH Realty Partners - Ada, MI
Finding Your Place

Thanks - this is when "good enough" is NOT good enough! 

Aug 15, 2017 07:02 AM #2
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

If you have the talent to do it yourself then go ahead, but it needs to look professional or it will detract from your value.

Aug 15, 2017 10:04 AM #3
Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Good tips Michelle Gordon !  We train our folks to call us before they're even thinking about making major changes!!

Aug 15, 2017 11:27 AM #4
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