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Top DIY Mistakes Made By Homeowners

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

You can find a lot of information online for DIY projects, but you probably aren’t getting all of the information you need. Here are the 10 most common DIY mistakes.

1. Not getting a permit. Permits can make larger projects safer by getting people to think about the different hazards before starting the project.

2. Beginning a project without the proper equipment and supplies. DIY projects require a lot of planning before you take that first step, especially when it comes to the tools and equipment.

3. Skimping on the tools and or materials. You can’t expect a cheap saw to cut boards evenly or the wrong kind of paint for your deck to make it look good.

4. Failing to prepare the job site. Most DIY projects require you to do a lot of preparation and you need to make sure everything is set up before jumping into a project.

5. Not preparing walls before painting. Not only do you need to protect things like your floor, door frames, and furniture, you need to prep the walls. It will be blatantly obvious if you haven’t patched holes, removed chipped paint, or cleaned the walls once the paint dries.

6. Creating unsafe job conditions. It is not a good idea to substitute a chair that is almost the right height to reach something. Nor should you be painting without proper ventilation. You also need the right protective gear.

7. Introducing inaccuracies. It is easy to lose focus after a long day and do something just slightly off. Cutting a board the wrong size or getting the level incorrect starts as a small problem, but can end up causing major problems.

8. Believing you can do anything. Self-confidence is great but you need to know your limits and when to ask for help.

9. Only measuring once. It is better to verify your measurements or cut things a little long. You can always cut off any extra later.

10. Failing to properly research a project. Watching an episode of ER doesn’t make you a doctor;  watching a YouTube clip doesn’t make you a professional either. Take your time and make sure you have all the information you need before starting the project.

DIY projects only save money when done right. Without the proper research, planning, and budgeting, you could end up spending far more than if you had hired a professional.

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Thinking Smart about Home Improvements

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

Remodeling your home can be fun and rewarding, but it’s also an investment where best returns on money spent is essential. Even if you’re not currently thinking of selling your home, it makes sense to undertake remodeling jobs with the needs of future owners in mind. Before beginning your next project, consider these important points.

  • Don’t price yourself out of the local market by over-improving. Consult with a local real estate agent about conditions in your neighborhood and go with upgrades he or she recommends. You could see a significant increase in your home’s resale value when changes are made that bring it in line with other homes in your area.
  • Concentrate on getting the best bang for your buck. Remodeling magazine recommends upgrading windows, garage doors and decks. Check out their annual online report evaluating the return on investment for various projects.

You can make some smaller improvements that result in a contemporary aesthetic, which is what potential buyers are looking for when they drive up to your home. Try some or all of these:

Freshen up the exterior. In real estate, curb appeal is known as the frosting – a property’s appearance from the street. What’s inside is important, but your home’s exterior should reflect your pride of ownership. You can accomplish this by staying on top of seasonal maintenance such as clearing gutters, disposing of fallen leaves and removing clutter from outdoor spaces.

Reimagine existing space. A full-blown addition isn’t necessary to gain more space. Two pricier but worthwhile improvements are attic and basement bedrooms or home offices. Utilizing your home’s useable square footage will increase its value for less expense than an addition. Pocket offices are very popular and can be located in hallway niches and large closets. Take a seldom used room and convert it to media room for the entire family to enjoy.

Reface existing fixtures. Kitchen and bath remodels are still good investments, but do not get back the biggest returns on resale. Instead, modernize older rooms by replacing or resurfacing cabinetry and countertops. Switching out dated appliances and fixtures can make an old room look new again.

Go green. Today, energy efficiency is a must. Replace old appliances with energy-efficient models and install low-flow faucets and toilets throughout your home.

Finally, check out magazines and online resources for ideas on smart home improvements and start enjoying your “new” home today.

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