Old wive's expressions...or does the professional that fixes things, build things not have time to work on his own because no cash coming in?Is it because he is not "on the clock" when he does? As for real estate brokers, what about their own homes? Do they flit, flip, float and are not in one place long enough to really make that house a home? Or is their home a castle Victorian, a rolling horse farm spread, a sea coast or lakeshore dream setting because they get the pick of the pack, best of the bunch, cream of the crop? I live 32' from where I work on 69 North Street, Houlton Maine.
When I look at my own home, it's easy to know what the next project is. As a realtor, I also know if I was selling what would be a windfall for the cost to perform/return ratio and what is diminishing returns. But you have to live there and we all know at least 1.5% of the home's value has to be plowed back in to keep the real estate flywheel turning strongly. Repairs now save money later too.
In my own case, the second floor bathroom is the spot for the next effort like the one where everyone crowds around the Charlie Brown Christmas tree.It screams harvest gold, mid 70's every day when shaving, brushing my teeth, hopping in and out of the shower.
I'm lucky to have the oldest son who is a junior in college in DC be pretty talented with a hammer and saw. He has worked for a local contractor the last three summers and in between semester breaks. So with his younger brother, myself, there is my labor, inspiration to tackle the bath during Christmas break. So now is the time to email back and forth to prepare for the operation, to shop for materials, to watch for sales. To dream about what the new bath looks like, to dread the tear out and wondering if now is the time with extended summer weather to sloosh the old out the window rather than mid winter in Maine.
On your own home..what is the next project begging for attention, a portion of your wallet and creativity? A new energy efficient furnace, replacement of some windows, added insulation with winter a few calendar pages away? Or is the kitchen worn out, ready to have the heave ho? Personally, as a real estate professional that gives advice on what the seller needs to do or not do and pointers on how to do it efficiently, elegantly without the costs and who the local professionals are to get the job done, what about your home? On your own home front, what's up, what are you up to on the inside/outside in your own four walls these days? And should you do it yourself?