Should You Hire a Professional or DIY on Those Home Repairs?

Dated: 11/28/2019

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If you are planning to sell your home, one of the things you need to consider is whether you'd like to get your home fixed and updated. When you do decide to get repairs, you'll have to consider the cost as the general maintenance along with the professional cost can cut deeply into your budget.

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To DIY or not to DIY? 


Are you going to be one of the homeowners who would like to save cash by doing the repairs yourself, or are you going to get a professional to do it? This is one of the dilemmas many home owner's faces.


If you are like many other home sellers, you'll probably decide to save some money by doing some repairs yourself. However, not many home sellers will have the skills necessary to fix the home and do the repairs, even with the help of youtube and other online instructional guides.


Even if you have the skills, you'll also need tools and permits. You'll also have to apply for a permit and consider the time frame needed for the project.


The good news is that you can do plenty of things on your own. But for other projects, you’re better off hiring a licensed contractor, plumber, or electrician to do the work for you.


When undertaking an improvement project for your Jensen Beach home, whether you’re buying or selling, you want to strike a balance between saving time by hiring a professional and saving money by doing it yourself. So here’s how to know when to hire a professional and when to go DIY.

Replacing hardware — Do It Yourself

Need an upgrade from tarnished doorknobs, outdated cabinet pulls, or boring light switches? Pick up new hardware from a local home improvement store and go for it. Replacing hardware is a fairly simple fix that any homeowner can do on their own. 


Cabinet refacing  — Do It Yourself

Refacing kitchen cabinets involves removing the existing cabinet doors and drawer faces, sanding and stripping off the old finish, and applying new paint or stain to the cabinet doors and drawer faces. Refacing kitchen cabinets is more affordable and quicker than buying new cabinets.  


Replacing faucet — Do It Yourself

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A quick DIY fix for a leaky pipe may be to simply tighten a slip nut near the P-Trap. If that doesn't work, loosen the bolts and remove the entire trap and check if there are any holes or rust. If the pipe is in bad condition or has already turned rusty, take the trap with you to the hardware store so you can find the best replacement.

Adding a Backsplash — Do It Yourself

Adding wall tile to your kitchen or bathroom is something you can do yourself. Home improvement stores have all the equipment you need, from mortar to tile cutters to the wall tiles themselves. When considering this DIY project, make sure that you have the time to prepare the mortar and grout, lay the tile, seal the backsplash, and allow everything to dry.

Fix a Patchy Lawn  — Do It Yourself

You don't need the help of professionals to get a beautiful lush lawn. Even if your lawn looks tired and worn out, there are still ways to revive your lawn and make it healthy. All you need to know is the right combination of soil additives, fertilizers, and tender, loving care.

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Care for your lawn by mowing the grass, applying fertilizer, and using a soil activator.

Water is crucial for a healthy lawn. Water your front lawn early morning when the sun starts to rise up.

Covering water stain on the ceiling — Do It Yourself

The unsightly sight of water stains on the ceiling may lead the prospective buyer to think of leaking pipes. This is a turn-off for many buyers. 

If you have water stains on the ceiling, you don’t need a professional painter to paint it over for you. But before doing that, make sure that the issue that caused that leak to be fixed. Repairing water stains won’t do you any good is the pipe is still leaking, or if there’s a hole in the roof. 

Before painting the stain over, make sure that you clean it first with a cleaning solution, then paint the ceiling over.

Replacing a door — Hire a Professional

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If you're thinking of adding value to your home, one of the ways to do that is to install a new door.

A new door can give your home a fresh new look without spending a lot of money. It adds to the curb appeal, it increases security and protection (especially the steel and fiberglass doors), it helps the home be more energy-efficient, and it improves accessibility.

If you're thinking of replacing your door, you want to make sure it is installed right, so better hire a pro to do the job.

Replacing Roof Shingles — Hire a Professional

Unless you have significant roofing experience (and aren’t afraid of heights), you’re better off leaving this job to the professionals. Contractors can repair your roof in significantly less time — and save you risk of injury.


Installing Ceiling Fans or Light Fixtures — It Depends

If the wiring is already there, you can put in a new fan or light in your living room yourself with little problem. Just make sure that you’ve turned off the power on the circuit breaker before removing the original fixture.

However, if you want to add a ceiling fan or overhead light to a room that doesn’t have wiring already in place, you will need to hire an electrician. They will check to see if your home has sufficient amperage (and rewire the room if necessary), cut and patch drywall to install the fixture and add a light switch.


Installing major appliances — Hire a Professional

Installing a new oven, refrigerator, washing machine, or dishwasher takes quite a bit of know-how, so you’re better off hiring a professional to get the job done right. They will check the wattage, check gas and water connections, and ensure that your new appliance is level, among other things.


Adding granite or quartz countertops — Hire a Professional

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Upgrading your countertops involves precise cutting of the quartz or granite and assistance from several people to lift the heavy countertops — plus the initial assurance that your cabinets can support the weight of the heavy material. So when installing new granite or quartz counters, it’s better to hire a professional.


Patching a hole in drywall  - It depends

One of the easiest things a homeowner can do is to patch nail holes. Filing unsightly nail homes make a big difference especially once the wall is painted.


To patch a hole, use a spackle knife, fill in each hole with lightweight putty and scrape the excess off the walls. When the putty is dry, sand the spot until it's smooth. Use a primer over the repaired spots.


Re-grouting tile — Do It Yourself

Any homeowner can regrout a tile. It does not take any skill. All it needs is a little time and the right tools and materials. It takes some time to do it especially if you're doing it for the first time, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes less time-consuming. Once you learn how to regrout, you can save money by doing this work yourself.


Need recommended service providers? 

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, I can connect you with trusted contractors, electricians, plumbers, and other professionals who can save you time and money on your home improvements. Contact me and I’ll be happy to provide recommendations!


Call me, Melissa Conrad, at 772-240-2589 and let’s talk about the best service providers for your home for sale. 

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