Top 5 Tips for Tackling Home Improvement Projects

In the do-it-yourself age we live in, many homeowners are ready and willing to take on home-improvement projects themselves. But while you may be ready and willing, the real question is, are you really “able?”
I, along with my team, have access to many great home-improvement resources thanks to being part of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®. The following advice comes from HGTV’s Carter Oosterhouse. Heed these suggestions before you embark on your next project:
1. Focus on projects that will pay you back. For example, if you’re dealing with hot or cold weather, try to lower heating and cooling bills by properly sealing your home. Look for drafts around windows, doors, and vents,and then use caulk or weather stripping to seal them. It may not be glamorous, but it will pay you back down the road.
2. Know where to start. If you have never taken on a major project, start with spaces such as the living room, spare bedroom, or the garage — rooms that won’t limit your ability to function, says Oosterhouse.
3. Closet reorganization. Many times, people have maxed out their closet and have no more room to add, let alone organize. That’s when it’s time to evaluate. Donate clothes you no longer wear to a charity, store seasonal attire in a separate location, and separate his from hers.
4. Break down a big project. Planning is essential. As Oosterhouse says, if you think you can just start up any big job without a plan, then you are in for a world of frustration. Know your capabilities and limitations.
5. Know where the biggest ROI is. The improvements that will most add to the value of your home include, the kitchen, the master bedroom and bathroom. These can boost your resale value and attract buyers who want a space that’s move-in ready.
These are just some of many great suggestions for tackling home improvement projects. Feel free to contact our team for more ideas and please forward this email on to your fellow DIY-ers!
Source: Lowe’s Creative Ideas magazine, 2010.

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