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 This may be because those rooms usually include the most items that can become outdated, such as cabinetry, fixtures, and appliances.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

Thanksgiving for Real [Estate]

The Holidays are finally here! 

 

Seems like just yesterday Hawaii was enjoying the heat of summer.  Now it's 60-70 degrees at night and we really are freezing!  In all seriousness, while we don't have the changing of the leaves in Hawaii and it doesn't snow except on Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, and Haleakala, this is when people in Hawaii bring out our umbrellas, jackets, and start to wear shoes and jeans instead of tank tops, shorts, and rubber slippers a.k.a flip flops. 

 

So, holidays are still important in our local hearts.  Ala Moana Shopping Center (info:  Holiday Events and Hours), Honolulu Hale (info:  Honolulu City Lights Opening Night, Saturday Dec 3rd 2016) and the condominiums and hotels in Metro Honolulu neighborhoods such as Waikiki, Kapiolani and McCully get decked out with Christmas decorations, the Christmas tree farm stalls go up, people begin to host potluck parties and we start to see holiday lights strung in neighborhoods across Oahu.  Thanksgiving and the Holidays are in these ways evidently more than ono (yummy) food, family and friends; and, for a realtor, it's a season of reflecting on home

 

For me and our team at SC Realty, it's feeling blessed and looking back at the year --our clients, our team, our connections, our partnerships, our vendors, our neighborhoods, our impact, our focus-- taking stock of 2016, and strategizing while looking forward to 2017. 

 

In 2016, we saw Oahu real estate and our footprint grow tremendously and are so grateful for the opportunities to partner with local agents and vendors while supporting each of our clients across Honolulu, Kailua, and those from the US Mainland looking for

  1. A trusted and local Oahu real estate agent to support their Hawaii home search; or,
  2. A seasoned property management team to look after and maintain investments while taking the stress out of the day-to-day property maintenance.

 

For those of you still wondering about the ono food mentioned above and what plans are in store for the Thanksgiving Holiday, a sneak peak below in photos.  If you've seen Food Network's Molto Mario or ABC's The Chew, yes, this is Mario Batali and I am standing right next to him while checking out the amazing cheese at Eataly in Downtown NYC.  The second photo is a new note about property management support that's about to go to the post office -- letters and envelopes, check! 

Happy Thanksgiving All!

     foodie realtor honolulu    

 

Coming up next week...

The question asked most frequently:  Where to start?  Whether it's first-time buying, selling, or renting, or it's perhaps weighing the options and looking at Oahu neighborhoods and considering finances, we'll cover some tips on how we help our clients identify a clear path to home.

Do you have any questions about first-time real estate that we can be sure to address in a future post?  Leave us your question in the comments!

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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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