Can you really handle a home makeover?
05/02/2014 | Author: Summer Mandell
I spent an entire weekend landscaping my flowerbeds. The curb appeal of my house increased substantially. While I liked the results, I didn’t enjoy every moment. It was a lot of physical work, took a lot of time, and it cost money I could easily have spent on other things.
Maybe you like the idea of landscaping, decorating, and remodeling. But if you’re a first-time buyer, it’s easy to romanticize the outcomes and forget about the steps it takes to get to a final product. Consider the following before you buy a home that requires some work:
It takes time to get results. Enjoy those home-renovation TV shows? Everything gets demolished and rebuilt in an hour or less. Sometimes they show the tough stuff, but there’s a lot that ends up on the cutting-room floor. And, projects can take hours, weekends, weeks—even months. Compare what you’re interested in tackling with what you can sensibly handle. Determine how much DIY work you can manage or if it’d be better to hire a pro.
It’s not free. Any type of change will cost you something, whether it’s $75 for some plants or $7,500 for a brand-new deck. Be prepared for costs outside of the typical home-purchase calculations, such as tools and supplies, hiring professionals, permits, and unexpected surprises over a project’s duration. Your Texas REALTOR® can help you assess those costs.
You’ll experience the most enjoyment out of your own home if you’re honest with yourself about what you’re capable of. Don’t be afraid to ask your Texas REALTOR® for some help making these decisions. He or she will be able to help you figure out what it takes to undergo home renovations, what types of properties suit your style, and give you insights into homeownership you may not have thought about.
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