The internet is rife with tutorials and ideas on how to make
home repairs and renovations yourself. However, just because you’ve found
step-by-step instructions doesn’t mean you’re really ready to go through with
these projects. As handy as you may be, most of us do not have the experience
and expertise needed to refurbish or reconstruct stuff around the house. We’re
not talking about changing the hardware on your kitchen cabinets or trimming
the hedges in your front yard– we’re talking about those major projects that
require some sort of intervention in your home’s electrical system, plumbing,
or structural integrity. These are the home repair projects that you should never DIY.
Roof Repairs or Replacement
A home isn’t really a home if your roof can’t
keep your family dry. Repairing or replacing your roof is
a big job that is really best left to the professionals. However, it’s also one
of those projects that is most likely to be co-opted by scammers– especially
if there was a heavy rain or hail that left damage across your area. To make
sure you aren’t conned by storm chasers, look for the following signs when you
need a roof replacement:
The average cost of a roof replacement is
between $4,900 and $14,100. If their estimates are wildly below these numbers,
the roofer will probably stick you with additional charges or hidden fees in
order to scam you. If you’re unsure, get multiple estimates to make an informed
Look for signs they’re
disreputable: out-of-state licenses, outdated insurance, vague contingency
agreements, short-term warranties, and a poor online reputation are all red
flags to look for.
Ask for copies of all receipts and
proofs-of-purchase for materials used in your repairs. Storm chasers have been
known to buy materials on credit before they get out of town, leaving the
homeowner responsible for covering the final bill and paying twice for the same
Your home’s plumbing is one of its most
underappreciated features. Malfunctioning plumbing can manifest in different
ways: dripping faucets, clogged drains, low water pressure, running toilets, and
funky smells are all tell-tale signs. If you try to fix your home’s plumbing on
your own, one little mistake in a specific area can lead to bigger problems for
the whole system, and eventually, you’ll have to call in an expert for help.
Skip that headache by calling a plumber over in the first place. A qualified plumber will have proof
of their license, references, and liability insurance.
Installing New Lighting
It’s shocking how many homeowners think they
can handle lighting installations themselves. Working with electricity is
incredibly dangerous. Mishandle your fixtures, and it can lead to serious
injury or even death. There are some lighting DIY projects that are
safe, but these generally involve simply plugging in fixtures and hiding wires.
Major projects, on the other hand, require permits and inspections from
professionals. If the project requires rewiring, running cables, or installing
outlets, you definitely should hire a professional electrician.
If a project has the potential to harm you or
your home, it’s best to avoid the DIY route. Jobs like roof replacements,
plumbing repairs, and installing new lighting require experts who have the
education and experience to do things right the first time. Trying to tackle
these projects yourself can, in a best-case scenario, lead to a big mess that
will require professional attention anyway. The worst-case scenario is injury
or even death, so just call the experts from the start. When hiring
contractors, plumbers, or electricians, look for local people who have great
references on top of their licenses to ensure you get the best work for the
money you pay.
All of you, my clients and friends who have been following my monthly market updates via email and perhaps experiencing the 2018 housing market first hand, know this: The 2018 real estate market has not been an easy one!!! Low inventory, skyrocketing prices, etc. have led to a plateau in total revenue for the market as a whole. Higher sale-sale prices + fewer actual sales = no change over previous year on average.
Is this a bubble about to burst? I’d say no, at least not in North Texas. The reasons for this market have been mostly driven by record-level lumber prices (thanks, tariffs!), labor-shortages, tightening credit-approval requirements in the higher price-points, and even natural disasters.
There is a new market-indicator on the scene we should all start watching, and that is growth in real, disposable, personal income. Real wages have been on the rise in the second half of 2018. That has led to a bit of an uptick in existing home sales this fall, whereas new home sales have steadily dropped all year.
My forecast for 2019 is a flourishing, hot market again that will likely be healthy for three reasons:
1. Existing Home Sales have been on the up-tick, pointing to a bounce-back, and will continue as long as consumer-incomes continue to grow and if we get some relief from those lumber-cost and the other issues.
2. The huge number of housing units authorized but not yet started (about 170,000 nation-wide right now according to Inman News), is a very strong indicator, because once those new-builds hit the market we will have a ton of new inventory!
3. Perhaps the strongest and most hopeful indicator for the housing market and everyone’s well-being is a continued rise in real, disposable income. Home prices may stay high, but if our disposable incomes are out-pacing the rise in home-prices, everyone can afford to buy a home.
Do reach out to me with your questions and any help I could provide for you or someone you know. I live to help you!!!!
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Price: $689,990 Stories: 2 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4.5 Living Areas: 4 Dining Areas: 2 Pool: No
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Spacious master with curved windows overlooking the almost 1/2 acre lot
Gorgeous master bath
Master closet with windows and built-ins
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Game room with wet bar
Game room with wet bar
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