You know the saying...."It's not as easy as it looks." I remember having a vivid dream as a child that I had driven my Grandfather's car...it was so real...at whatever age that was...I was sure it had happened...Until I was learning to drive...no...must have been a dream.
Watch many sports on TV....how hard can it be to hit a ball with a...Stick, Raquet, Bat, Club....mmmmm harder than it looks !
The Internet and DIY videos have cast that same magical mythical spell over their audience....it's EASY...to ...name that home improvement or repair task...from painting and wallpapering or more likely removing it..to landscaping and laying that brick path or patio...not quite the momentary transformation that appears on the computer.
As a result....when the result...in the "not as easy as it looks" task fails...it can mean far more money, time and effort to repair, replace the attempted project than if a professional had taken on the job in the beginning....and some people only learn that by doing....or rather "UN doing" it.
Sometimes it looks like fun to try something new. Sometimes it is the "way pay someone to....when it looks soooo easy..." Whatever the motivation...there are reasons that professional people get paid more to do the "easier than it looks" tasks.
You may know or maybe you are a homeowner who eagerly approaches these tasks ....and are disappointed when the 10 minute video project turns to hours and days and has to be given to a professional to repair, finish, start over....it can be one big and expensive frustration.
How can you avoid DIY Mistakes ? Ask a trusted and experiened, objective real estate professional ...an agent with experience has no stake in the game...no money paid to them for doing ...re-doing, remodeling, refinishing, etc. Their experience will tell what tasks are best done by professionals and which ones with some education and patience can be taken on by a homeowner not a skilled tradesperson. Taking the time to know what you don't know....is invaluable....and can be a time, money, effort and frustration saver.
If you live in southeastern Wisconsin, Sally K.& David L.Hansonn would be happy to discuss the projects you may want to do in your home..to enjoy the improvements or get it ready to sell. If you are in need of qualified contractors...we have lists of them. If there are things you can do yourself...let experience determine which things can be done on your own and which ones require professionals.
This has been an educational home improvement/repair post brought to you with savings and good spirit in mind by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates with EXP Realty, honored to be of service for all things real estate in southeastern Wisconsin.