If you’re , your REALTOR® will walk through your space with you and look for places that could use a little TLC to make your house more marketable. Some improvements will likely be small – say, a new switch plate to replace the cracked one in your living room or a new set of blinds – but some may be pretty big. There are plenty of big home improvements you can tackle yourself, but there are some that you should absolutely leave to the experts.
3 Home Improvements You Should Always Leave to the Experts
Check out this list of home improvements you should always leave to the pros:
- Plumbing and electrical work
- Countertop replacement
- Cabinet refinishing
Professional Home Improvement Job #1: Plumbing and Electrical Work
Unless you’re a professional plumber or electrician, put these two on the “Hire a Professional For” list. You don’t want to make a costly – or dangerous – mistake. Further, there may be permits required for some plumbing and electrical repairs or modifications; a professional will know how and where to get them, and where to file the appropriate paperwork.
The biggest reason, though, is that you could end up doing something that takes your house out of regulation – and if it’s not up to code, it’s going to affect prospective buyers (and your sales price).
Professional Home Improvement Job #2: Countertop Replacement
Countertops are heavy, and you need special tools to install them safely and properly. The average homeowner doesn’t have the body of knowledge required to successfully install them, so it’s best to leave this home improvement to the experts.
Professional Home Improvement Job #3: Cabinet Refinishing
Refinishing your cabinets can be a DIY job, but you need the right materials, a lot of patience, and plenty of time to pull it off. First, you’ll have to remove the cabinet doors and all their hardware. Then, you’ll have to sand them down, prime them and paint them all separately. Everything must be completely dry before you put the doors back on – and even one sloppy spot can make prospective buyers cringe.
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