Don’t DIY Home Projects: Sell for More Without Any of the Work
With 77% of buyers wanting move-in ready homes, making updates before you sell is now a necessity if you want to get a good price.1 Unfortunately, working with general home contractors can sometimes be a nightmare. From having the deadline pushed back for months to a finished product that looks messy or incomplete, everyone has heard horror stories. To try to avoid this same fate, some homeowners will opt to DIY home improvement projects, but is this really the right option?
The Pros and Cons of DIY Home Improvement
Before you start buying supplies for a big kitchen remodel or getting your gear in order for a bathroom update, you may want to re-evaluate what DIY entails. Check out these pros and cons of DIY home projects.
You Are in Control- Especially if you consider yourself a control freak, DIY can be enticing because you are in charge. You can decide what work is done and when.
Avoid Bad Contractors- Unfortunately, not all general contractors provide high-quality work. To avoid shoddy work or a bad experience, some people will turn to DIY projects instead.
Save Money- One of the most common reasons people will DIY home improvement projects is to save money. This approach helps eliminate labor costs that can be a significant portion of the final bill.
A Lot of Work- As the name suggests, you are doing all the work yourself. Not only can this be hard on your body, but also it can be mentally draining.
Big Time Commitment- Another big con to DIY projects for the home is that they involve a big time commitment. Depending on the project and your schedule, some of these projects could take weeks or even months to complete.
Quality of the Work is at Risk- The biggest con of do-it-yourself home improvements is that the quality of work may suffer. Even if you have the right tools and a little bit of experience, the project still might not turn out exactly how you want it to.
Work Can Be Dangerous- Another disadvantage to home DIY projects is safety. While it may be tempting to get your hands dirty, some of these home improvement projects could also be dangerous. Especially if you don’t have a lot of experience in this area or are using a lot of power tools, you could risk serious injury.
Not as Cheap as You Hoped– Although most people believe that one of the biggest advantages to DIY home projects is saving money, this is not always the case. While you may be saving money on the cost of labor, the cost of supplies and tools may make up for it. Especially if you make a mistake and need to redo something, the added cost of materials and new tools could make the final price tag skyrocket.
Sell for More Without More Work
Instead of risking it with DIY home improvement projects, it may be best to leave it to the professionals. At Curbio, we are an easy alternative to home DIY updates and traditional general contractors. Our home improvement services help you avoid all the cons of DIY home projects while not dealing with the downfalls of working with traditional general contractors. In fact, 90% of homeowners do not want to deal with the time, stress, and money that home improvement projects entail.1 Fortunately, we can help with all three.
There are a lot of moving parts in home improvement projects. If you are trying to manage these projects while also dealing with a move, it is normal to feel overwhelmed. At Curbio, we can take some of that stress off of your shoulders. We have assigned project managers who are responsible for overseeing the work as well as facilitating communication between everyone involved.
Some homeowners worry about the time commitment that home improvement projects involve. Especially with general contractors pushing back deadlines and getting delayed. With Curbio, time doesn’t need to be a problem. Our projects are finished 50% faster than traditional general contractor work.
If money is the issue, we have the solution. At Curbio, we offer a pay-at-closing price model for home improvements. Homeowners can make pre-listing updates without paying anything until closing. This setup makes home improvement projects more accessible for everyone.
In the end, you can sell your home for more without having to DIY and adding more work to your plate. Contact us to get connected with a real estate agent or talk with your agent about partnering with us.
1. Curbio (2022). Preparing to Sell: 2022 Home Improvement Report