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Tackling your first home improvement project

Categories: Boerne Custom Homes Builders, Homeowner Tips | Posted: May 4, 2018

 

If you have recently moved into your first home or are planning to sell your current home, you may be faced with the task of tackling your first home improvement project. Depending on what your expert level is when it comes to home improvement projects, it may be a daunting task that leaves you confused on where to start. Weston Dean Custom Homes, a Boerne custom home builder, shares tips on where to start on your first home improvement project.

The first thing you will want to do is prioritize your DIY or home improvement task list. Take inventory of the projects you would like to see done around your home and separate them out into tasks you can do yourself and tasks you will need to hire a pro to do.

Next, decide what projects are the most important to get done. The tasks that are the most important might not be the ones that are most exciting, but it is best to just get the ones you need completed done first to make sure they don’t fall too far down the to-do list or have you run out of budget before you can get to them.

You will then want to be aware of your skill level. It is best to start out with projects that fit your comfort level and then progress to more difficult projects as you get more comfortable with your handiwork around the house.

It is a good idea before you start any project to know all the steps, tools and time that it will take to achieve the project. If you aren’t sure, do your research before starting the project. YouTube is a great resource for videos and step-by-step guidelines, as they often have professionals or professional companies helping with how-to videos.

Your next step will be to plan the prep that is needed for the first project you plan to tackle. First, take into consideration the amount of time your project will take. Will your project be a quick weekend project, take a couple of weekends or will you need to take some time off work to complete the project over a long weekend or week?

Once you have the timeline figured out, the next thing you will want to do is allocate the budget you should spend on this project and then add 10 percent to what you plan to spend. Most projects will add up to about 10 percent more than you plan for them to be, so building in that wiggle room for your budget will ensure that you can get it done and have the money to complete it. The last thing you want to do is to get 90 percent of the project done and run out of money to finish.

Prepare the space in your home where you will be tackling your project. Move all the furniture you will need either out of the room or in the interior of the room and covered. If you’re doing any work around counter space, be sure to cover and seal it well, along with carpet or flooring that might need to be covered also.

The final and very important task will be beginning and following through with your first home improvement project. The best tips for a successful DIY home project is to start at step one, take your time, take breaks, step back and look at the whole project once you near the end, and then clean up and celebrate!

As with any current or future home improvement project you may encounter, remember that there may come time where you need to call in the pros to help you finish a project. Whether a project is simply taking more time than you can dedicate to it or you run into issues that you aren’t sure how to correctly tackle on your own, if the project is done correctly and leaves you with the result you desire it doesn’t matter how it is accomplished in the end.

 

 

Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder.  For more information call (210) 408-9107.

 

How fast will your home sell?

Categories: Home Buyer News, New Braunfels Custom Home Builders | Posted: April 26, 2018

 

Whether you have been in the market to a new home or you are planning to sell your current home, location has always been the number one thing that most real estate agents press hard on for what makes a home sell fast. However, there are other common factors that can tell you how fast your home might sell if you are in the process of putting it on the market this year. Weston Dean Custom Homes, a premier New Braunfels custom homebuilder, shares tips on how to ensure your home sells as quick as possible in today’s market.

While the housing market has been on the upswing over the past couple of years, it doesn’t mean that sellers can list their homes for way over market value and expect it to sell without any time or effort into it. Pricing your home just 12 percent over what it is valued at or what other homes in your neighborhood of similar specs are selling for, makes your home about half as likely to sell in the same 60-day period as a home that is priced at the target listing for the area and what it is worth. So, your house may sit on the market (which doesn’t look good to buyers) if you get too aggressive in your listing price over the comps in your area.

When it comes to listing your home online for buyers to see be sure and list enough photos but not too many. The best range of photos to showcase of your home is anywhere from 16 to 21 photos. It is better to error on the side of too many than too little. If you have fewer photos than what is recommended, your home is projected to sit on the market for more than 60 days as well. If you want to gain interest in your home, consider having professional photos taken of your home or have an interior designer come out and stage your home before you take photos. The better your home shows in photos, the more buyers you will have at your door wanting to look inside.

If you have a smaller home, the market might be in your favor to sell fast. Homes under 1,100 square feet nationally, sell the fastest in all markets. Homes in this size typically sell nine percent faster than homes of a larger size over the same 60-day window. There are two markets across the U.S. where this doesn’t hold true- which are San Francisco and Indianapolis. Smaller homes in these markets sit longer than their larger counterparts.

The final thing you will want and need to do for your home in order to help it sell quickly, is to get the word out on your home as much as possible. The likelihood of you selling it will be far faster than just relying on your realtor to do all the work. List your home on places like Zillow or Trulia if it isn’t already, and share on social media as well. You never know who might be in the market for a new home and would have never stumbled across your home without you doing some of your own advertising! You can ask friends and family to share as well, to expand your audience. Buyers often feel comfortable knowing who is selling the home if they are in the market, opposed to buying from a stranger if the opportunity presents itself.

 

 

Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder.  For more information call (210) 408-9107.

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