If you’re social distancing or sheltering in place to avoid the spread of COVID-19, you may be finding yourself with more time on your hands than you know what to do with. If you’re planning to put your house on the market after the pandemic ends, you’re probably getting ready to sell by cleaning and tidying up. You may also be thinking about taking on DIY home improvement projects to save some cash, sell your home for more, and avoid contact with contractors. It looks so easy on TV. What could possibly go wrong?

According to NerdWallet, 85% of homeowners consider their home their biggest investment, yet 43% say their DIY home projects ended badly. When they take on DIY projects, inexperienced DIYers risk injuring themselves or damaging their property.

Ultimately, it’s best to leave home renovation projects to the pros because there’s a lot more work and expertise involved than you may think—especially if something goes wrong. Fortunately, Curbio is providing no-contact pre-sale renovations to help you sell for more in the post-pandemic market. Still not convinced? Read on for more detail about the downfalls of DIY.

DIY can go awry

Looking at the cost of a bathroom vanity and drywall, you may think that you can save so much money handling your own home improvement projects. How difficult could it be to replace a sink or take down a wall? If you’re DIYing to save money, you should be aware that you could actually end up spending more money to fix your mistakes. What if you accidentally hit a pipe and it bursts? What if the wall is loadbearing?

According to Clovered, most homeowners start DIY projects without the appropriate tools or materials. And if they have the right supplies, they often don’t know how to use them correctly and safely. Inexperience can lead to costly mistakes and injuries. Even if you’re experienced with making cosmetic updates, it doesn’t make sense to take on larger projects that may include plumbing, electrical, or structural work.

There are added disadvantages during the pandemic

Whether you’re social distancing or sheltering in place, you need to stay home unless you’re getting essential supplies—like food or medicine. Many businesses deemed non-essential (including home improvement and hardware stores) are closed, and if they’re not, you risk catching or spreading the coronavirus by visiting them for supplies. That means you’ll have to select and order materials online, without the advantage of seeing them in person.

Of course, so will everyone else—and you can expect shortages and backorders on items that would normally be in stock. Shipping may be delayed, too, as urgent supplies are being prioritized by most distributors. Finally, while white glove service used to mean bringing heavy, bulky items (like bathtubs and refrigerators) inside your home, now deliveries are left outside your door to avoid contact.

You don’t have pre-sale renovation expertise

When your home needs work before putting it on the market, DIY can be appealing, but it’s generally not the best plan. You don’t want to practice new skills on your most significant investment, and you also won’t know which improvements will attract the most buyers and give you the highest return. Which paint colors, floor types, and hardware are buyers looking for? Will a full kitchen renovation be worth it, or is it best to just do a spruce up?

You might not have pre-sale renovation expertise, but Curbio does. We’ve renovated thousands of homes across the country with an average return of 113% on project costs and an average profit of $50k for homeowners. As the licensed general contractor on all of our renovations, we take care of everything from start to finish. We provide virtual estimates and remote communication through a personalized project management portal. And in response to the pandemic, we’ve made some changes to ensure a no-contact renovation process.

If you’re like most homeowners, the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 crisis means you’re focused on saving money rather than spending it. You’re probably thinking that DIY projects will be easy and inexpensive, even though most end badly and cost more than expected. If you choose Curbio for your pre-sale home renovation, we’ll work with you to choose smart renovations, and we’ll wait to get paid until the home sells. No interest, no fees, no contact—no catch.

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