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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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$2,799,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rolling Hills Estates
$2,799,000
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MLS# SB19173340

7 Santa Bella Road
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,694,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Peninsula
$1,694,000
Open House
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MLS# SB19160649

4072 Rousseau Lane
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,695,000 - 6Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Rolling Hills Estates
$2,695,000
Open House
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MLS# PV19167374

3 Branding Iron Lane
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,199,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$2,199,000
Open House
New
MLS# PV19167516

2520 Via Olivera
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,695,000 - 5Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$2,695,000
New
MLS# SB19167045

1513 Via Asturias
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,295,000 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$2,295,000
New
MLS# SB19167316

1309 Via Zumaya
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,198,000 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$2,198,000
MLS# TR19159852

701 Via Somonte
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,999,999 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,999,999
MLS# SB19138816

28666 Crestridge Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,999,500 - 5Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$1,999,500
MLS# PV19153602

1908 Via Estudillo
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,875,000 - 5Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rolling Hills Estates
$1,875,000
MLS# SB19149300

36 Club View Lane
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,695,000 - 4Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,695,000
MLS# PV19138076

49 Rockinghorse Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence

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