How not to renovate your home on your own – DIY don’ts

I came across an article today about “Do It Yourself” don’ts learned from experience so without further delay let’s get into the how not to renovate your home on your own. These will be some good DIY don’ts, I promise

First, I know how it is, something seems like a good idea at the time. You’ve got a dream to put in some elbow grease into a project and save a bunch of dollars. Yeah. Well, I remember the time I tried to switch out some plugs and ended up shorting out half the house. When my electrician came over and I asked him how much it was going to cost, “… more now that you screwed things up…”

First of all, don’t start a project without educating yourself. These days with youtube and your favorite search engine, you can find tons of articles and videos on how to do something. Take the time and LEARN!

I know, painting is a pain, and it looks easy. Hey, why bother prepping. Paint is paint right? WRONG. Well, unless you like that fresh peeling paint look

How committed are you to finishing a project once you start? If you’re not, please do yourself a favor. Don’t even start. If you properly educated yourself, then you will know about how long it will take to finish a project. Are you committed? No? Then don’t start! Trust me, a licensed, competent tradesman is going to charge you more to undo the crap you tried to do

“Measure twice, cut once”; a famous saying among carpenters. But for us amateurs this couldn’t be further from the truth. Measure at least 3 times, step away, think about it, go look at where it is you want to put whatever you’re cutting for, and then measure two more times, then and only then cut. Put this one under the “been there, done that” column

Don’t rush what colors you choose. What looks great in a the paint store may not look so hot in the light that’s ambient to your home. Get some samples, paint up some color and see what you like. Sleep on it. Do you still like it in the morning.

Make a realistic budget for your project. This goes back to educating yourself and committing to a plan. Change orders on yourself and your contractor are always costly. Stay realistic and focused on your plan.

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My last tip is really simple. Scratch all of the above and hire a contractor, or just buy a home that’s remodeled….easy ….

Palos Verdes remodeled homes listed in last 30 days (list will update on each visit)

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$1,799,999 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,799,999
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MLS# SB18175004

30753 Ganado Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$3,975,000 - 6Br/7Ba -  for Sale in Rolling Hills
$3,975,000
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MLS# PV18171308

9 Portuguese Bend Road
Rolling Hills, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,295,000 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$2,295,000
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MLS# PV18170127

10 Crestwind Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,750,000 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,750,000
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MLS# SB18154258

29948 Knoll View Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,875,000 - 5Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,875,000
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MLS# 18364048

6632 Locklenna Lane
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,880,000 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$2,880,000
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MLS# PV18161012

6958 Alta Vista Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,880,000 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Peninsula
$2,880,000
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MLS# WS18164510

6135 Ocean Terrace Drive
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$3,398,000 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$3,398,000
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MLS# PV18159668

904 Via Nogales
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$3,998,000 - 7Br/9Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$3,998,000
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MLS# PV18163894

3323 Crownview Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,589,000 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,589,000
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MLS# PV18164712

28689 Roan Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$3,175,000 - 5Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$3,175,000
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MLS# SB18164280

5248 Valley View Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,169,000 - 5Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$2,169,000
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MLS# PV18141182

30168 Avenida Tranquila
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,729,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$1,729,000
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MLS# SB18161906

4117 Via Picaposte
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,699,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,699,000
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MLS# PV18157443

5823 Finecrest Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,899,000 - 5Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,899,000
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MLS# 18359556

4004 Dauntless Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,695,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$1,695,000
MLS# SB18151711

1509 Via Margarita
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,629,000 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$1,629,000
MLS# SB18151366

2140 Via Pacheco
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,099,900 - 5Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$2,099,900
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MLS# SB18145267

30166 Avenida Esplendida
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,600,000 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rolling Hills
$2,600,000
MLS# PV18150294

10 Flying Mane Road
Rolling Hills, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence