Home improvements to do yourself – or not.

January 5, 2015

Home repairs and improvements do just that – improve the value of your home.  But, only if those repairs or improvements are done correctly.  Botched repairs and improvements devalue your home, turn off buyers and cost money to fix.  So what home improvements should you try to do yourself and which are recommended that you use a professional?   A brief summary is listed below:

Do it Yourself

Paint interior rooms. Be sure to prepare the walls by patching holes and cleaning first.  (For those with cathedral ceilings, this may have to move to the “hire a professional” list.)

Installing a drop ceiling. This takes time, but you can save a lot of money by doing it yourself.

Removing wallpaper – a tough job, but one you can do if you choose to put in the effort

Unplugging a drain

Hire a professional:

Refinishing hardwood floors

Installing a water heater

Installing a lamppost I

nstalling pull-down attic stairs

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Home improvements and repairs done by yourself can save you money – but only if they are done right.  Next time you have a project at home, weigh your options based on your abilities.  For additional information on preparing a home for sale, please view our blog category for home sellers. You’ll find lots of good info there. If you need service providers for these jobs, check out First Weber’s Concierge Desk for some possible help in locating a provider in your area.


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