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Painting DIY 

Make a list: Be sure to spend some time taking stock of the kinds of maintenance and improvement projects you’d like to begin. A well-considered list will help you to set reachable goals.

Establish priorities: Which projects are most important to you? Which projects will be the most costly? Which is more important: timeliness, quality or cost? Before beginning any do-it-yourself project, it is always wise to determine specific goals and priorities so that you are fully prepared when it comes time to begin.

Create a budget: For each project that you want to complete, make certain that you have a firm budget in place. Allowing for unexpected circumstances (such as errors or the need for additional materials) in your budget will keep you from overspending. There are always surprises, so plan ahead.

Assess your skills: Make sure that you carefully consider which projects you are fully capable of completing. For example, unless you have sufficient experience with electrical, plumbing or construction work, you should probably leave those tasks to the professionals.

One step at a time: When it’s time to begin, remember to pace yourself! Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your new garden terrace will take time as well. Complete one task at a time, and soon you’ll feel the wonderful sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that doing-it-yourself can bring!


If you find yourself needing a professional let me know. Having 25+ years in the Real Estate world has introduced me to many different types of contractors and I would be more than happy to make a recommendation.

Comments (13)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Diana Dahlberg very valuable list of DIY tips for work around the house.

Jan 25, 2020 10:35 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Thanks John Pusa ... when it comes to the big stuff, I pay a pro!

Jan 25, 2020 11:10 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Good tips, there are quite a few things, if one is handy, we can do on our own. However, leave the electrical, plumbing, and fine carpentry finishes to the pros. Bernie tried his hand at something recently, we will hire someone to come fix it. Bless him - he wanted to try.  Lol. 

Jan 25, 2020 10:53 AM
Diana Dahlberg

We've all tried our hand at something later to find out maybe we should have called a professional first!

Jan 25, 2020 11:09 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Smart suggestions on your part.  We both have rudimentary skills, and we would rather hire professionals to do the job...much easier and cheaper for us.  Our time is worth more!

Jan 25, 2020 12:39 PM
Diana Dahlberg

So true.  Our time is much better spent doing the things we are qualified to do.  Trying to do things that are not second-nature comes at a cost ... and usually ends up costing more than we set out to spend. Thanks for your comment.

Jan 25, 2020 04:44 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I can do a lot and have in the past, but I'm older and now I hire people to do stuff.

Jan 25, 2020 02:59 PM
Diana Dahlberg

I'm with you.  As I have gotten older my time is more precious and there are things that are not as easy as they used to be.  Like Landscaping Bricks ... I thought I could do it, until I tried to lift one brick.  NOPE!  Guess who hired a Landscaper to get the job done.  This Girl!

Jan 25, 2020 04:43 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Diana - always good to remember:  one step at a time.  

Jan 25, 2020 03:41 PM
Diana Dahlberg

You got that right.  And in the right order.  If you do things out of step you could trip over your projects.  LOL

Jan 25, 2020 04:42 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Diana... great list... and assessing one's skills upfront may just be the most important one to avoid DIY disasters!

Jan 26, 2020 06:06 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Exactly! Nina Hollander ... sometimes I have to chuckle when I see a house that has been obviously fixed up by a non-professional ... I am usually left thinking ... "What were they thinking?"

Jan 26, 2020 12:13 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Diana Dahlberg - this is good info and I would add don't bite off more than you can chew.

Jan 28, 2020 02:14 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Thank you @Grant Schneider ... I have to agree!  Good point!  Appreciate you sharing that with me.

Jan 28, 2020 03:35 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Thanks for the DIY tips. Although my husband and I are both in our 70s, we now hire people to help get things fixed/repaired.

Feb 06, 2020 07:14 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Totally understand Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®  ... my husband and I are in our mid-60's and there are certain things better done by others.  I don't mind paying.

Feb 06, 2020 07:44 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Great list of DIY here, Diana Dahlberg ... all but that "assess your skills" part.  That trips me up sometimes ...

Thank you for sharing this ... see you Thursday!


Feb 09, 2020 09:37 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Diana,  Great blog and one that more people should see here in the rain.  Good Job!


Feb 12, 2020 07:36 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Thank you Will Hamm ... I take that as a compliment coming from you!

Feb 12, 2020 01:59 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Diana Dahlberg - You are a wise woman with wise advice to share to all homeowners. Whether people are thinking about moving or not, all of your tips are applicable. Those five tips are like the Golden Rule - when you follow them, life just gets better and happier too!

Feb 15, 2020 12:06 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Life is good and I'm glad to have you in my corner!

Feb 15, 2020 01:19 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Diana, some homeowners THINK they can do items, but turn out bad.   There are times they need to review and actually hire someone.  Great tips and post!  

Feb 18, 2020 08:14 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Joan Cox Thanks for your comments! 

Feb 18, 2020 11:15 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Diana Dahlberg - now there is plenty of time for those do it yourself projects.

Mar 27, 2020 05:35 AM