DIYing Your Home

Shaun and I have been working on our home for over 2.5 years now. It is a blessing and a curse at the same time. We have enjoyed it, because we have been able to learn so much. But at the same time we never seem to be done with the projects.

I’ll start with the pros first. We were able to save a ton of money. The market wasn’t as high as it is right now, but it was still lower than all of the other houses on the market. We made sure it was a livable house to begin with. It would have been fine if we left everything the way it was, but it wasn’t our style and we wanted it more updated. So we were able to update everything and change it to how we wanted it. Lastly, we were able to learn so much about ourselves and remodeling.

Now for the cons. Thankfully, we were able to stay in our previous place for a few months before moving in. So we were able to gut the kitchen and remodel it before we moved in. We also discovered a leak in the living room, so that had to be gutted to the studs. That was much easier to do with nothing in the house. The main problem was all of the projects we had to finish once we moved into the house.

Once you get it to a point that you can live in and everything that is left is cosmetic, it is hard to find the motivation to finish them. We did have a roommate, so we didn’t do anything to his room until he moved out, which was a few weeks ago. AND we had Shaun’s mom move into our basement, so we spent 6 or so months finish that for her to live in. Now, we are at a point where we have trim and some details left. When we get home we just want to sit and relax and not keep working after our full work day.

The other concern, is making sure you know what you are doing. Shaun has a background in construction, so he knew quite a bit before starting. There were some things that he didn’t know, but youtube is the greatest tool. The main thing was refinishing hardwood floors. It wasn’t too bad, but it is certainly a messy task. Once we were able to get into the main floor bedroom, we started to notice that one of the previous owners tried to refinish it, and did not know what they were doing. The hardwood was all scuffed up from the trying to sand it against the grain, there were some big chunks where they put the sander down too far. It was a mess, and we don’t have the time to properly fix it and make them look great again. We did a pretty good job to make them better, but they aren’t perfect.

Also, don’t be afraid to hire things out if you don’t feel comfortable with it. Call a couple of companies, and get a few different quotes and make sure they are a reputable company. I have heard of way too many horror stories of people hire companies that do a half ass job, and that is not okay.

I have loved our experience with remodeling our own home, and I think we will try to do it again in the future. But next time, we will have a schedule and stick to it so we don’t have projects 3 years down the road.

From your life Tutor
-Sam

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