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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$3,200,000 - 6Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Rolling Hills
$3,200,000
New
MLS# PV20069873

2724 Palos Verdes Drive N
Rolling Hills, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,499,000 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$2,499,000
New
MLS# PV20069918

21 Santa Barbara Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,629,000 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,629,000
New
MLS# PV20062926

29845 Knoll View Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,595,000 - 3Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,595,000
New
MLS# PV20065426

4101 Sea Horse Lane
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,798,000 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$1,798,000
MLS# PV20057506

2725 Via Anita
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,199,000 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Peninsula
$2,199,000
MLS# PV20059673

27330 Rainbow Ridge Road
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$5,250,000 - 5Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$5,250,000
MLS# PV20047037

2821 Via Segovia
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$3,449,000 - 6Br/6Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$3,449,000
MLS# PV20057739

1384 Via Romero
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$4,390,000 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Rolling Hills
$4,390,000
MLS# PV20057099

7 Chesterfield Road
Rolling Hills, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$3,299,000 - 5Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$3,299,000
MLS# SB20053618

3820 Via Palomino
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,995,000 - 4Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Rolling Hills Estates
$1,995,000
MLS# OC20054560

5 Harbor Sight Drive
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,998,000 - 5Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$1,998,000
MLS# PV20043884

3301 Palos Verdes Drive N
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence

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