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DIY that adds Value to your Property #1: DIY adds more value you think

Blog entry by Katies_DIY_Blog posted 04-22-2015 06:20 PM 12948 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m relatively new to this whole blogging thing so please bear with me if this article isn’t quite up to Shakespearean standard just yet! This is my first blog post so I thought I’d make it about something that’s been interesting me as of late. Firstly, my main job is a real estate agent. So I guess you can say my main job is slightly boring! However, the last 3-4 years of so I’ve actually started taking up small DIY jobs in and around the house. My boyfriend has never been very good with things like that so when a few nails came loose and the pictures started to drop off the wall, I figured I’d be the so called “man of the house” and grab a screwdriver and go for it.

Well since then, I’ve started doing more and more things around the house and now I’ve actually started creating things from scratch. What this has enabled me to do, however, is see things from a different perspective in my other job. See my main job is to sell houses to people and that involves a lot of house visits. Having been doing a touch of DIY here and there, its actually easier for me to see where a few little added touches can really improve the overall look of a room and subsequently the house as a whole. Even little the little everyday things are important and can often be overlooked. I’ve seen a lot of great ideas and a lot of terrible ones, more of the latter to be honest, so I figured I’d write a short list of some of the best ideas, just in case you wanted to add a little bit extra in aesthetics and value to your home via a home improvement tool ,refurbishments and DIY.

Create more space, not less!

Building things in and around your house doesn’t always mean they have to take up space. I actually found that buildings small things like shelves along walls and other space saving aspects could create far more floor space. With more floor space, comes the feeling of much larger space to sell to potential buyers. My tip, if you’re good with building, get as much as you can (without being stupid about it) off the floor to create some space!

Doors, make them smooth!

This doesn’t mean you have to replace every door, but this is something that I see all the time when showing off houses. Doors squeak and doors make noise and trust me, that does have an affect on people’s opinion of the house. Try to limit this noise with either a fresh lick of WD40 or even upgrade your door yourself, although that could be quite costly (buying a new door that is).

Lick of Paint does help!

The simplest of DIY jobs is often the most effective. Imagine walking into a house that you want to buy and the living room has dull and old paint that makes the room just boring and colourless. I’d walk straight back out the house to be honest. So what’s the best thing you can? Simple, give it a decent lick of paint. It’ll give the room more life and probably add a touch more value to the home than anything else that you can buy off the shelves!



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posted 04-22-2015 07:22 PM

One of the biggest things that I have seen is the “cover up the problem” mentality. Most of the folks here, whether they are professionals or the first time doing something, try to do it right. I think it is great that you are giving things a try.

One thing I learned when I worked on large equipment, especially systems that I had never seen, grab a chair, sit down and look at what you have. Look at what others did, what were they trying to do, and finally, what do you want to accomplish. Once you have those things, you can formulate a plan, get the info you need to do it right, then do it.

Just like hanging a door (don’t do the front door first), take off the moldings – carefully, see what is behind the curtains and look – then look again to see what you have missed. If it looks like it is too hard (or heavy) ask someone for help for the first one. Except for electric and plumbing, where there are some real dangers, most of it is straight forward.

Always remember – safety first and always. After that – have fun with it. If you cut a stud in the wall and the saw binds up, it is load bearing – not a good one to cut.

I routinely ask building inspectors for info and ask what I need to do to keep my work in code. Their rolls are to keep buildings safe and secure, most are eager to help.

Enjoy.

Your insights from a realtor’s point of view will be good to share as well.

-- Love woodworking and fixing most anything

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posted 04-23-2015 01:54 PM

Thanks dbray! I agree, I think covering up something just makes things worse in the long run and you might as well do it properly the first time! :)

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What you’ll need:

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What you’ll need:

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2 cups warm water
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Get Paint Out of Clothes

If you accidentally spill paint on your shirt or pants, don’t panic: We asked Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, how to get this tricky stain out of your belongings. The most important thing she says is to treat paint stains as quickly as you can, because once the paint dries, the stain may be impossible to remove.

Another thing to keep in mind: while some materials may be able to stand up to these stain treatments, more fragile ones, like silk, may be permanently damaged. To make sure your cleaning products and method are a match with the material, spot test them first. At the first sign of color bleeding or fading, stop what you’re doing and accept the sad fate of your garment. And next time, please, oh, please, wear a smock.
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Good news: “Fresh latex paint washes out quickly,” says Forte. But if it’s dry, start by scraping off excess paint. Working from the back of the fabric, vigorously flush the stain under warm running water. Mix a solution of one part dish soap, like Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap ($2, amazon.com), to one part warm water. Sponge the stain with the detergent solution, tamping it vigorously. Rinse and repeat this process until no more paint is removed. If the stain remains, try blotting with acetone. Caution: Do not use acetone on fabrics containing acetate or triacetate — it will melt these fibers!

Oil-Based Paint
If the stain is dry, soften it by treating it with the product the paint manufacturer recommends for thinning the paint (check the paint can’s label). If the paint is wet, scrape off excess, then use a clean white cloth to blot up as much paint as possible. Rinse, but don’t let the fabric dry. Place the stain face down on a stack of white paper towels or cloths. Blot with turpentine, like Winsor & Newton Distilled Turpentine ($13, amazon.com). Tamp the stain to help break up the paint. Repeat, replacing the paper towels or cloth until no more paint can be removed. Treat the remaining stain with liquid hand dishwashing soap and soak overnight. Rinse well and launder. If the stain remains, treat with a prewash stain remover, like Shout Advanced Gel ($14 for a 3-pack, amazon.com), and launder again.
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Flush the spot with warm water, then sponge it with a solution of one part dishwashing liquid soap and one part warm water. Repeat as necessary, then rinse and launder.

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How to Remove Paint From Everything Else
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Scrape off excess paint. Mix a solution of one part liquid hand dishwashing detergent to one part cool water. Sponge the stain with the detergent solution, tamping it vigorously. Rinse and repeat until no more paint is removed. If the stain remains, try blotting with acetone.
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Carpet
Scrape off excess paint and, starting at the outer edge of the stain, apply acrylic paint and varnish remover. Gently scrape away the paint as it softens. Repeat, using the remover sparingly, until you have removed as much paint as possible. Be careful to keep the paint and varnish remover from spreading the stain. “Otherwise you may create a bigger stain,” warns Forte. To avoid this, work on the individual tufts, carefully applying the remover and working it in so it doesn’t spread to the surrounding tufts.

If any paint remains, work glycerin into the stain and let it soak for several hours. Sponge the stain with a mild solution of liquid hand dishwashing detergent to one part cool water. Blot until the liquid is absorbed. Sponge with a solution of one part white vinegar to 10 parts water. Blot until the liquid is absorbed. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

Now that you know how to fix stains, learn how to dispose of or donate your leftover paint after you finish your project.

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