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5 Home Improvements You Can DIY and 5 You Shouldn’t

Home Improvements - Bittinger Team, REALTORS

When it comes to home improvements, there are times when it’s best to call in the pros. And for good reason. It’s never worth saving a buck when your personal safety or the safety of your home is at stake.

There are also times where DIY’ing doesn’t make sense due to the skills and/or tools needed. Contractors, engineers, and construction professionals have the training and equipment necessary to finish the job in a safe and timely manner.

That said, we at understand the pride homeowners take in maintaining their homes. There’s definitely something to be said for the sense of accomplishment you feel after rolling up your sleeves and working with your hands.


Home Improvements you can DIY

Looking for an indoor project to tackle yourself? Think about trying one of these suggestions for DIY home improvement projects.

  • Demolition: Everyone knows demo is the most fun part of any home improvement project. Make sure you know which walls are load bearing, and what’s behind the walls, like plumbing, so as not to do any damage.
  • Installing fixtures & finishes: With a ladder, level, and drill, any homeowner can change the bulk of fixtures within their home.
  • Painting: Depending on the size, or rather height, of the job, many homeowners don’t mind painting on their own to save some cash. Staff at any home improvement store are happy to make sure you have the proper paint and tools to get the job done.
  • Hanging drywall: This one is for handy homeowners only, but if you’re up for a challenge, hanging drywall can be done with a helping hand or two. We’d still suggest letting a professional do the finishing so you end up a clean and smooth finished product.
  • Deck install/repair: Ground-level decks can be installed or refinished over the course of a few days with a little help and some basic tools. Bonus: A new deck will increase the living space and resale value of your home!


Home improvements for the Pro’s

  • Roof repair: Your roof is your home’s first defense against the elements. An improper installation can lead to a long list of problems like leaking, staining, mold and more. This is a job best left to the professionals.
  • Window replacement: This job requires a lot of peripheral work, like installing the aluminum around your window that creates a nice fit. It can also be difficult for homeowners to buy their own replacement windows for self-installation.
  • Space planning: There are code requirements when remodeling that must be met not only for comfort and efficiency, but for safety as well. Investing in a solid plan up front will ultimately save you time and money.
  • Electrical, plumbing, & HVAC: This one’s a no-brainer. There’s a reason these guys and gals need licenses, bonds, and insurance. Leave it to the pros!
  • Hardwood flooring installation: With laminate and luxury vinyl flooring becoming so accessible, many homeowners mistakenly believe installing solid hardwood floors is just as easy. But mastering the learning curve necessary to put down a good hardwood floor is harder than it looks.


Bottom Line

These recommendations should be adapted to your skill level. Never take on a job you don’t feel confident doing. Also, keep in mind that skill is not the only consideration when deciding to DIY or not. Time, money, learning curve, and tools needed are important factors, too.

Are you interested in increasing your resale value in preparation to sell? Get in touch with We’ve got years of experience advising our clients on how to get the most when selling their home.  


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