Clicks & Mortar

A Real Estate Blog - Est. 2009

DIY or DON’T

A DIY project can be a money saving and fun way to add some home improvement. But where do you draw the line between doing a project yourself or leaving it to the professionals? First, ask yourself these questions:

Is it worth your time and effort?

Although everyone likes to save money, some projects are not worth the time investment. If you are a busy person or only have the weekends to work, tackling a project that is over a week of renovation is not a smart decision. If you do decide to DIY a time consuming project, get ready for the aftermath during the week. For example, if you are renovating your master bathroom prepare to use your guest bathroom for the time being. If you do not have a ton of free time I would stick with projects you can finish in a weekend.

Do you know what you are doing?

Do you have the supplies, tools and knowledge for the home improvement you are considering undertaking? Do you even like working on house projects? Also, consider the risk: some projects can put you and your house in more danger if you do not have the tools or knowledge. Continuing to work on a home improvement project with little knowledge will also require you do extensive research, costing you more time.

Here are some home projects we suggest you Do or Don’t if you are a beginner:

DO:

Accessories

  • Desk and office accessories for home or work can make work, or paying the bills more enjoyable. Unfortunately, these accessories usually come at a pricey cost. Luckily there are easy projects you can find that even the least innovative person can accomplish.

Wall Jewelry

  • Organizing your jewelry can be tricky and not worth the money. Some of the most affordable jewelry holders still average more than 30 dollars. Luckily there are hundreds of Jewelry DIY projects on Pinterest that are easy and affordable.

Seasonal Accessories

  • Holiday decorations can be overpriced and it doesn’t make sense to spend a ton of money on décor that will only be up for a season. Check out MarthaStewart.com or Pinterest for some simple holiday and seasonal decorations you can do by yourself or with your family.

Paint

  • Although a little more time consuming than other projects, painting can be a great way to bring a room back to life. Just remember to use primer, tape and good quality paint to keep the room looking sharp.

Gardening

  • Gardening is a fun way to enhance curb appeal and get you outside. But make sure to do your research. Luckily, there are plenty of low maintenance plants that are easy to take care of throughout the summer heat.

DON’T:

Floorboards

  • Or anything that has to do with the foundation of the house is not an easy DIY project. These projects can end up costing more than you think and can put the house in danger if not done correctly.

Wires or Plumbing

  • This one is pretty obvious; unless you are a plumber or electrician you should steer clear of DIY’s that include either of these.

Tree Cutting

  • Gardening? Great. Tree cutting? Harder than it seems. Trees do not always fall where you expect them to. So unless you want the possibility of a tree collapsing somewhere on your house, I would call a professional. Yes, this can be expensive but it is definitely cheaper than having to rebuild part of your house.

Don’t: Try to find a home by yourself
Do: Check out Clickscape to find your next home