To DIY, or Hire a Guy?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc 10307

One thing I do at least once a day is scroll through Pinterest for ideas to share with clients or just in my own home. From cheap alternatives to shiplap to dazzling up your entryway I enjoy my home improvement, but at what point do you admit you are not the Pinterest queen you think you are and its time to hire someone. DIY is not for everyone. I know this. Netflix knows this. it's just a fact that while you may have the right idea, you are the wrong person to make it a reality. 

There are tasks too big, but you wanted to budget.  a big cost in home improvement is labor costs it really makes a difference in something costing a few hundred dollars to potentially a few thousand. Please keep in mind before you start any project on your own to have a safety cushion budget in case not all goes according to plan. That new ceiling fan seemed easy to install in theory now you have a hole in the ceiling and loose wires dangling out for 3 months (I may have some history with this) ... Make sure if its something that would take longer than 5 minutes that you have a back up plan!  

Show me your cute home DIYs in the comments below 

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Gwen Fowler-Brown

Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc
317 South Highway 11
West Union SC 29696
Serving Oconee County, from the banks of the Chattooga River to the shores of Jocassee, Hartwell & Keowee Lakes.


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Comments (6)

Shannon Jones
The Shannon Jones Team - Long Beach, CA
Long Beach CA Real Estate


Here's a blog post we did that's similar.

Sep 14, 2020 10:45 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Gwen... I'm always about hiring the guy (or gal). Even if I was handy, doing it myself is not where I want to spend my time.

Sep 14, 2020 10:55 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I am with Nina Hollander on this subject.  The only DYI we did this year is re-install a new shade for our bedroom.  No tools replacing needed to replace, just snap into where the old one was for this new improved one..LOL

Sep 14, 2020 11:00 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I do hang my own artwork... I'll admit it! :)

Sep 14, 2020 11:03 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Gwen, we all need a Max.  He's my guy who saves me from destroying my house!  My next husband needs to be a contractor.  Um, maybe a French contractor?

Sep 14, 2020 02:11 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Gwen Fowler-864-916-2019 SC Mountains Lakes Homes ,

I subscribe to the philosophy " I do what I do best and hire the rest!" While piddling around on a project I could be selling a house!

Sep 14, 2020 06:36 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Gwen - unfortunately, I am handy-deficient.  

Sep 14, 2020 08:29 PM