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How To Tackle Those DIY Projects At Home

 

With the influx of television programs centered around DIY home projects, fixer-uppers, and renovations, it’s no wonder more and more homeowners are choosing to do things themselves when it comes time to spruce up their living quarters. With a plethora of information and technology at our fingertips, it’s easier than ever to tackle a home project yourself. The key is to do some research beforehand and figure out the best ways to be prepared before you begin.

 

Some of the most common DIY projects are based in the kitchen and bathroom. This may be because those rooms usually include the most items that can become outdated, such as cabinetry, fixtures, and appliances. Even a home that’s just ten years old may have a retro-in-a-bad-way look to it, depending on where you live. Fortunately, there are some easy fixes for many of those items that won’t require a pro.

 

Keep reading to find out more.

 

Start small

It may be tempting to go all in and start planning for a major renovation, but it’s best to start small if you don’t have much DIY experience. There are plenty of upgrades you can complete around your home that won’t break the bank, and they’ll give you a ton of valuable lessons in how these projects will go. Once you feel comfortable with the little things, work your way up to replacing the kitchen countertops. In the meantime, check out this list of 100 DIY projects you can do quickly and easily.

 

Work out a budget

Any home project should begin with a well-planned budget. Don’t just make a guess at what you’ll need; do some research on the cost of materials and leave a little wiggle room in case you end up needing more than you originally thought you would.

 

Measure twice

For bigger projects--such as installing hardwood or laminate flooring or putting in new kitchen cabinets--it’s important to be as precise as possible the first time so you won’t end up with any nasty surprises later on. Measure twice, double check your work, and ask a friend or family member for help when you need it. Do your homework before you begin so you’ll have a good idea of what you’ll be looking at. Remember, you’ll need to plan ahead for these projects and make sure the entire family is on the same page when it comes to how they will be handled. Read on here for more helpful tips.

 

Get creative

Home upgrades and renovations don’t have to fit a certain standard; you’re free to get creative with your projects and turn them into designs that will work for you and your family. This might mean making eco-friendly changes--such as installing solar panels or simply upcycling old items for a new purpose--or simply making a better use of the space you have.

 

See your home with new eyes

Sometimes it can be difficult to see all the benefits of your home because you’re used to seeing it one way. Make an effort to view each room with fresh eyes and think of its potential. Sometimes, a fresh coat of paint, a couple of pieces of new furniture, and some new accessories can work wonders.

 

Tackling home improvement projects doesn’t have to be costly or stressful; with a little research and some thoughtful planning, you can feel comfortable making changes big or small to your home without breaking the bank.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Mililani

Mililani, Oahu, Hawaii.  A two-part pre-planned charming suburb community that is centrally located on Oahu right off the H-2 Freeway.

Located in Central Oahu of the City & County of Honolulu, Oahu, Mililani is a residential area with three shopping centers, a number of restaurants, grocery stores, strip malls, town-operated recreation centers, medical clinics, retirement communities, a movie theater, a 24 Fitness, and schools with proximity to the other parts of the island via Kamehameha Highway (Route 99) or the H-2 Freeway that connects this Central Oahu community to the other parts of Oahu.  Eric T Chu - SC Realty and his fellow realtors at SC Realty have helped investors, sellers, and buyers explore this convenient to Schofield Barracks and family-friendly neighborhood with lots of living options and styles of apartments, townhomes, and single-family residences.

  • A number of single family homes, townhomes, low-rise apartment complexes and commercial spaces comprise both the Mililani Town (west) and Mililani Mauka (east) neighborhoods. Apartment rental units average from $1,500 to $3,800 per month depending on bedrooms/bathrooms/parking and month-to-month leasing is generally available.  Purchase prices for Single Family (SF) homes generally range from $400,000 to $1M Fee Simple homes depending on size and location.  Parking and square footage are generally more generous in this suburb community on Oahu than in other cities.  Comparable real estate can be found in the adjacent Waipio, and other West Oahu cities such as Kapolei.
  • Zip Code: 96789
  • Temperature Range: 60-83 F (Weather)
  • Accessible drive from around the island (H2 and Exit 5A Mililani Mauka and 5B Mililani Town as well as Kamehameha Highway also known as Route 99)
  • Known for its family-friendly community, town association lifestyle, proximity to Schofield Barracks, Wheeler AAF, the North Shore, Dole Pineapple Plantation, Waikele Premium Outlets, Mililani Golf Club (a par-72, public course), Patsy Mink Central Oahu Regional Park, Waipio Costco, Post Office, Wal-Mart, and a number of specialty eateries such as Five Guys, Wing Stop, Assagio's, and CPK, Mililani real estate is home to several
    • Neighborhood Communities: 
      • Mililani Town:  Single Family Homes and Townhomes from the late 1960s as part of Castle & Cooke master plan for a satellite city
      • Mililani Mauka: Development beginning in the early 1990's and you'll hear community names such as:  Northpointe, Northpointe Terrace, Crescent Lane, I'i Vistas, 
    • Recreation Centers: 1 to 7 maintained by the Mililani Town Association (MTA)
    • Schools:   Yelp Listing

Mililani Town is a quiet community of low-rise homes with attached garages, yards, and wide-tree-lined streets.  Mililani is generally breezy and very green and lush given the nearly nightly light rainfall.  As pictured, this charming home in Mililani is move-in ready and perfect for a family to come home to for breezy and quiet community relaxation.

 

 

SC Realty's Footprint in Mililani Town and Mililani Mauka Communities

 


 

 

Coming up Next...

Neighborhood Spotlight: Kapolei where we will take a look at Ka Makana Ali'i, the Rail, schools, and the Loft and SF Home options in Oahu's 'second City'.

 

Eric T Chu - SC Realty is a full-service real estate and property management agent.  He has extensive experience on Oahu advising both first-time home buyers/sellers and those looking to invest in property and on the search for a responsive and trustworthy property management partner. 

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  Some of the links in the post above are links to external websites.  This means, if you click on the link and go to another site, we are not responsible for loss or damages incurred.  We only link to or recommend material we use personally and believe will add value to our readers.  We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."  Note that factual information is sourced from MLS around the time of blog post and considered to be reliable as available but not guaranteed.  Images used in this post are sourced from my personal Eric T Chu - SC Realty Archives or Pixabay (free for commercial use with no attribution required).

FSBO vs. Listing with an Agent

 

FSBO:  For Sale By Owner versus Listing with an Agent.  Let us help advise you on the advantages and cautions of both that help you gain the most from your investments.

You may have heard of the term For Sale By Owner.  Chances are you are reading this post because you are ready to explore these options for seeking the greatest return on your real estate investments.  

At Eric T Chu - SC Realty, we believe that while there is no prescribed method of selling your investment to a worthy buyer, it is worth educating yourself and exploring both of these options to identify what is right for you as Owner and Seller.  

 

The FSBO vs. Listing Agent Route

  • FSBO is the process of selling real estate without Real Estate Agent representation.  There are a number of items to consider when listing on your own:
    • Determining Asking Price
    • Contract Documentation
    • Legal Details
    • Timeline
    • Inspections / Appraisals / Disclosures
  • Leveraging a Listing Agent to sell your investment can eliminate the stress of the preparation, process, and closure.  An agent will be able to work with you on the following:
    • Preparation / Vendors:  Pricing Strategy, Contractors, Cleaning, Staging, Advertising, Open House
    • Requesting Offers / Screening of Buyers
    • Inspections / Appraisals / Disclosures
    • Escrow Process and Closure

What to Expect When Listing with Eric T Chu - SC Realty

  • Pricing Calculation and Advisory:  We will work with you to identify a pricing strategy that matches your area's comparable homes.  We will look at square footage, amenities, and advise you on setting a competitive but advantageous price.
  • Staging:  Making your home look its best helps set the tone for a successful sale.  Our style is clean, spacious, and something a buyer could imagine owning.
  • Documentation and Legal:  Preparation and Legal Recommendations, particularly on Hawaii State Laws:  Selling property requires disclosures, inspections, contract conditions, financing complications, and escrow engagement.
  • Advertising:  We leverage the MLS, listing engines, print and social media and our networks to add to the efficiency of a successful sale.
  • Buyer Screening:  We will field and review buyers' questions and qualifications initially and with you to make the transaction of selling your investments a smooth transition.
  • Offer Negotiation and / or Acceptance Guidance:  Offers often come with various legal conditions and or you may want to negotiate inspection details and favorable timing.  At SC Realty, having a number of years of experience in Hawaii buying and selling real estate, we can help you to optimize the selling process.
  • Escrow and Closure:  Documentation Preparation can be daunting depending on your property.  Whether it is an apartment / condominium, single family home or commercial property, we have seen various closures and have worked with many escrow officers on Island.  We can help you to understand the conditions, timing, and take care of the paperwork to make the closure process of your sale as efficient as possible.

 

Contact Us at Eric T Chu - SC Realty today and let us help you to make your investments a success.

 

Coming up in our next April 2017 post...

Getting Technical with Property Management:  A look at how we use various technology at SC Realty to keep our rentals organized and owners informed.

 

 

Eric T Chu - SC Realty is a full-service real estate and property management agent.  He has extensive experience on Oahu advising both first-time home buyers/sellers and those looking to invest in property and on the search for a responsive and trustworthy property management partner. 

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  Some of the links in the post above are links to external websites.  This means, if you click on the link and go to another site, we are not responsible for loss or damages incurred.  We only link to or recommend material we use personally and believe will add value to our readers.  We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."  Note that factual information is sourced from MLS around the time of blog post and considered to be reliable as available but not guaranteed.  Images used in this post are sourced from my personal Eric T Chu - SC Realty Archives or Pixabay (free for commercial use with no attribution required).

Thank you for visiting today. If this is your first visit, take your time and look around. I have plenty of information and resources available to you. If you are a return visitor, thank you. I would love to hear from you and tell you how I can serve all your real estate needs.

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Thank you for visiting today. If this is your first visit, take your time and look around. I have plenty of information and resources available to you. If you are a return visitor, thank you. I would love to hear from you and tell you how I can serve all your real estate needs.

Eric T Chu - SC Realty is a full-service real estate and property management agent.  He has extensive experience on Oahu advising both first-time home buyers/sellers and those looking to invest in property and on the search for a responsive and trustworthy property management partner. 

___________________________________

Disclosure of Material Connection:  Some of the links in the posts we maintain on this website are links to external websites.  This means, if you click on the link and go to another site, we are not responsible for loss or damages incurred.  We only link to or recommend material we use personally and believe will add value to our readers.  We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."  Note that factual information is sourced from MLS around the time of our site updates and blog postings and is considered to be reliable as available but not guaranteed.  Images used on this website are sourced from my personal Eric T Chu - SC Realty Archives or Pixabay (free for commercial use with no attribution required).

 

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