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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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$1,699,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$1,699,000
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MLS# PV19225923

1700 Dalton Road
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,599,999 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,599,999
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MLS# 19512718

30945 Rue Valois
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,925,000 - 4Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$1,925,000
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MLS# SB19211593

2588 Via Tejon
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,225,000 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Rolling Hills Estates
$2,225,000
New
MLS# PV19214931

66 Misty Acres Road
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$4,380,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$4,380,000
New
MLS# SB19219366

1632 Paseo Del Mar
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,950,000 - 5Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$1,950,000
Open House
MLS# PV19216741

624 Via Del Monte
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,899,000 - 3Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$1,899,000
MLS# SB19215021

617 Avenida Mirola
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,100,000 - 5Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$2,100,000
MLS# PV19211642

6209 Via Subida
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$12,000,000 - 4Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Rolling Hills
$12,000,000
MLS# PV19209398

87 E Crest Road E
Rolling Hills, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,649,000 - 5Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,649,000
MLS# PV19203316

30051 Knoll View Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,699,000 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,699,000
MLS# PV19202886

30511 Palos Verdes Drive E
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence

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