DIY Repairs to Avoid When Selling Your Home


Some Repairs Require a Professional 

When it comes to making repairs to your home before selling, it’s easy to categorize most tasks as DIY. With YouTube and Pinterest around to give you step by step instructions on how to do pretty much everything, you may think you can complete major home repairs yourself before selling your home. You may be crafty, but being crafty and being able to execute complex home repairs are not the same. Don’t risk spending more money than you need to on your home, and leave the following tasks to the professionals.

4 DIY Repairs to Leave to the Professionals

Drywall Repair

A fresh coat of paint is manageable for most DIYers, but if there are cracks in the walls from a shifting foundation or depression around door frames from too many door slams, it’s time to bring in a professional. The last thing you want to do when you’re selling your home is take on a repair that is going to make the room look worse than it did before you started. A repair like drywall is very tricky, even for DIYers that are more experienced. Bring in a contractor to repair the drywall, and then add the fresh coat of paint yourself after.

Dishwasher Installation

Unlike other household appliances like your refrigerator, washer and dryer or stove, installing a dishwasher is a complex task. There are water drainage lines that need to be set up to drain under your kitchen cabinets. When done incorrectly, this installation can result in a flooded kitchen. If that were to happen right before you sold your home, that would be quite the inconvenience. If you’re upgrading your dishwasher altogether, most big box stores offer appliance installation. However your local plumber can also assist with the task, should you need the helping hand.

Tree Removal

Trees can be a difficult undertaking, because you never know what their roots look like under the surface. While it may look like a small tree, the root structure may be complex. That small tree could have roots that spread out 5 to 10 feet, causing you to rip up half your yard.  If you have larger trees that you’re considering removing yourself, you could also end up hurting yourself. Large trees need to be taken down from the top first, and require specialized tools. Leave this task to the professionals, and save yourself a lot of work in the meantime.

Advanced Electrical Repairs

Electrical work and DIY don’t necessarily go together. If you’re replacing a light fixture or ceiling fan, you may be ok. But when the breaker box gets involved, it’s time to bring in someone who knows what they’re doing. Especially if you have an older home. Reason being that older homes don’t have the same failsafes in the electrical circuiting that newer homes do. So, the probability of hurting yourself or causing an electrical fire increases. That’s why when it comes to electrical work like running new wires or fixing faulty circuits, it’s safer to bring in an expert.

Selling your Home in Ladera Ranch

Completing important home repair tasks before selling is vital to receiving the highest asking price for your home in Ladera Ranch. Working with an agent that is an expert in Ladera Ranch real estate is just as important. With more than 18 years of serving the wonderful community of Ladera Ranch, I know what it takes to sell your home in this competitive market. Contact me today to start the listing process. 



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