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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 This may be because those rooms usually include the most items that can become outdated, such as cabinetry, fixtures, and appliances.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.

Design with a Real Estate Mind

A strong design speaks volumes.

Home Design, Decor, and the concept of Staging:  how a few tips and tricks can help you transform your home's interior and exterior to add design value quickly.  At Eric T Chu - SC Realty, we stage minimally but with big impact to help prospective buyers and renters envision a property as home.

Buyers, Sellers and our Property Investors aim for

  • Space to help everybody envision the concept of "home"
  • Interiors that are warm and inviting but luxurious and clean
  • Detail and professional photos while advertising to warrant requests for more information

DIY Actionables to help improve your home's value

  1. Exterior - curb appeal: plants, paint, clear view of house
  2. Interior - consider the areas you spend the most time in
    • Entryway: Keep this area clear, inviting and clutter free; leave some touches that indicate the home is well-kept and well-lived in, such as coat racks, hangers in closet, a shoe rack, a tasteful doormat or umbrella bucket
    • Kitchen: Consider emptying trash prior showings and store away foodstuff and miscellaneous items in drawers while home is being staged; use clean lines and choose neutral colors
    • Bathroom
    • Master Bed/Bath
  3. Parking - Driving on Oahu is a normal convenience:  parking proximity to front door; space size & accessibility, covered/open, and maintenance; and, number of stalls available or street parking availability can often be concerns for buyers / sellers / investors

Eric T Chu - SC Realty will help you to Design Home

  • Consult based on your real estate and staging needs today
  • Strategize with you on your furnishing placement and/or minor finishing improvements and our next steps
  • Advise you on quick wins for value and long-term investment opportunities

 

Coming up next week...

A few things you may not yet know about the up and coming Windward Oahu neighborhood of Kailua.  Besides the city's close proximity to Windward Mall, Bellows Air Force Station and Lanikai Beach, the laid back town also boasts relatively-new bike paths, a number of school choices that span keiki (child) through adult education levels, and its own Whole Foods Market

If you're interested in learning how you can call Kailua home, please feel free to reach out to me directly at erictchu@gmail.com. Thank you, ahead!

 

 

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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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. 

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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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