- Kitchen / Bathrooms — 185
- Garden / Landscaping — 166
- Appliance / Repair — 149
- Interior Design / Decor — 130
- Floors / Tile / Hardwood — 93
- Real Estate / Finance — 92
- HVAC / Air Conditioning — 70
- Bedroom / Furnishings — 68
- Cleaning / Maintenance — 61
- Safety / Security — 59
- Construction / Materials — 57
- Windows / Siding — 56
The Best DIY Approach When You Buy a Rundown Property
by Boris Dzhingarov on Jul 8, 2014
Buying a rundown property is a fantastic way of getting hold of a house at a bargain price but it could also stretch your DIY skills to the limit. If you want to turn it into your dream home as quickly as you can then it is a smart idea to take the following approach.
Make It Liveable One Room at a Time
One of the most difficult things about taking on the job of restoring a property that isn’t in great condition is that it can be easy to get frustrated at the slow progress. This will be worse if you do a little job here and a little job there throughout the house. Instead, it is a far better idea to concentrate on making one room liveable at a time. This can be difficult when you want to live in it right away, especially if you are going to be there with a young family. However, it makes sense to do it this way and basically live in one room until you have fixed another and then another and so on. It won’t be easy at first but it will allow you to concentrate on fixing the property one bit at a time and in an organised way.
Add More Security
Many rundown properties don’t offer a very high level of security. If it has been empty for a while then it might be that it has already suffered break ins and might even have had squatters living in it. This means that one of your first steps should be to make it as secure as possible. New door and window locks are a great start, while adding some sort of alarm system is also worth doing. You will find that the easiest types of system are convenient wireless security alarm systems. These are easy to install and are also very flexible. If it is a big property then you could slowly expand the system as you occupy it all, if that suits you. This means that you can all sleep easily in your new home, knowing that it is well protected right from the very start of your time there.
Know Your Limitations
It is a fantastic feeling to start working on a new property with the idea of doing all of the restoration work yourself. However, it is also important to know your limitations. For instance, you might not feel completely comfortable upgrading the electrical system or working on the plumbing. Another possibility is that you simply don’t have the time to do all of the work to the standard that is required. It is important that you are completely honest with yourself and understand what your limitations are and not try to do anything that might not end well. There is no shame in asking for professional help in doing some of the trickier jobs that you aren’t completely sure about or that you don’t have time for. You could also keep an eye on the expert who does them and pick up some tips in this way.