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DIY that adds Value to your Property #1: DIY adds more value you think

Blog entry by Katies_DIY_Blog posted 04-22-2015 06:20 PM 16249 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m relatively new to this whole blogging thing so please bear with me if this article isn’t quite up to Shakespearean standard just yet! This is my first blog post so I thought I’d make it about something that’s been interesting me as of late. Firstly, my main job is a real estate agent. So I guess you can say my main job is slightly boring! However, the last 3-4 years of so I’ve actually started taking up small DIY jobs in and around the house. My boyfriend has never been very good with things like that so when a few nails came loose and the pictures started to drop off the wall, I figured I’d be the so called “man of the house” and grab a screwdriver and go for it.

Well since then, I’ve started doing more and more things around the house and now I’ve actually started creating things from scratch. What this has enabled me to do, however, is see things from a different perspective in my other job. See my main job is to sell houses to people and that involves a lot of house visits. Having been doing a touch of DIY here and there, its actually easier for me to see where a few little added touches can really improve the overall look of a room and subsequently the house as a whole. Even little the little everyday things are important and can often be overlooked. I’ve seen a lot of great ideas and a lot of terrible ones, more of the latter to be honest, so I figured I’d write a short list of some of the best ideas, just in case you wanted to add a little bit extra in aesthetics and value to your home via a home improvement tool ,refurbishments and DIY.

Create more space, not less!

Building things in and around your house doesn’t always mean they have to take up space. I actually found that buildings small things like shelves along walls and other space saving aspects could create far more floor space. With more floor space, comes the feeling of much larger space to sell to potential buyers. My tip, if you’re good with building, get as much as you can (without being stupid about it) off the floor to create some space!

Doors, make them smooth!

This doesn’t mean you have to replace every door, but this is something that I see all the time when showing off houses. Doors squeak and doors make noise and trust me, that does have an affect on people’s opinion of the house. Try to limit this noise with either a fresh lick of WD40 or even upgrade your door yourself, although that could be quite costly (buying a new door that is).

Lick of Paint does help!

The simplest of DIY jobs is often the most effective. Imagine walking into a house that you want to buy and the living room has dull and old paint that makes the room just boring and colourless. I’d walk straight back out the house to be honest. So what’s the best thing you can? Simple, give it a decent lick of paint. It’ll give the room more life and probably add a touch more value to the home than anything else that you can buy off the shelves!



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posted 04-22-2015 07:22 PM

One of the biggest things that I have seen is the “cover up the problem” mentality. Most of the folks here, whether they are professionals or the first time doing something, try to do it right. I think it is great that you are giving things a try.

One thing I learned when I worked on large equipment, especially systems that I had never seen, grab a chair, sit down and look at what you have. Look at what others did, what were they trying to do, and finally, what do you want to accomplish. Once you have those things, you can formulate a plan, get the info you need to do it right, then do it.

Just like hanging a door (don’t do the front door first), take off the moldings – carefully, see what is behind the curtains and look – then look again to see what you have missed. If it looks like it is too hard (or heavy) ask someone for help for the first one. Except for electric and plumbing, where there are some real dangers, most of it is straight forward.

Always remember – safety first and always. After that – have fun with it. If you cut a stud in the wall and the saw binds up, it is load bearing – not a good one to cut.

I routinely ask building inspectors for info and ask what I need to do to keep my work in code. Their rolls are to keep buildings safe and secure, most are eager to help.

Enjoy.

Your insights from a realtor’s point of view will be good to share as well.

-- Love woodworking and fixing most anything

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posted 04-23-2015 01:54 PM

Thanks dbray! I agree, I think covering up something just makes things worse in the long run and you might as well do it properly the first time! :)

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