As a REALTOR®, I advise and guide my Sellers
through some pretty long “make-ready” checklists when they are preparing to put
their house on the market. There are
plenty of things that a homeowner can handle doing on their own, (i.e.
decluttering, touch up painting, cleaning, and minor repairs) but when it comes
to anything bigger than that, they should hire a professional! Here are some things to consider when
tackling home projects:
First off, know your limits! With YouTube and the internet, many “Do it
Yourselfers” think they can simply watch a video or read an article before
tackling a job. Not so fast…just because
these outlets provide instructions on how to build or repair something, they
don’t make you an expert! Ask yourself,
“have I ever laid tile or installed a toilet?”
If the answer is no, you should probably pick up the phone and hire a
qualified flooring installer or plumber.
Plumbing jobs can be tricky! When doing any plumbing work, you need to
know what you’re doing…at the very least, you should know where your shut off
valves are, and how to actually turn them off!
A bad plumbing job can lead to minor leaks that can turn into major
problems in the future! So, whether you
need a new hot water heater installed, a toilet or sink replaced or a shower
diverter swapped out, leave it to a licensed plumber. It will cost you some money, but it will be
quicker and WAY less headache for you, as their work should be warrantied for a
reasonable length of time.
Electrical shock is NO JOKE! Before attempting ANY electrical work, you’ll
need to shut off the power to the circuit you’re working on. Is your breaker box accessible? Are the breaker switches labeled property?
Have you ever done any wiring in your life?
These are real questions that you need answered. And just like with plumbing, an incorrect
electrical repair can end up causing you major problems down the road…it could
even cause a fire! Which could affect
your home AND your family’s personal safety.
So, unless it only involves changing a light bulb or changing out a
switch plate, electrical related repairs and projects should be left to a
Now you’re probably wondering how to find these
professionals, aren’t you? There are
many places to look. But a great place
to start is Angie’s List. Another great
resource for “handy man” type services is Task Rabbit. Both of these offer many different people
with various skill levels and pay scales to fit your individual needs. And of course, you can always ask your
REALTOR®! We work with plumbers, roofers, electricians,
painters, flooring specialists, HVAC guys and handymen on most, if not all of
our listings…and can confidentially make recommendations. For all your real estate-related needs, call
Castle Hills Real Estate today!
214-449-1022, we are here to help!
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November is a time for reflection and giving thanks. Castle Hills Real Estate has had a record-breaking year thus far in 2022! So we wanted to take a moment to recognize ALL of our Buyers and Sellers who chose to work with us on their home selling or buying…