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How Ready Are You to Buy a Home?

Determining Your Dream Home and Finding It!

Factory Built Homes Are Worth a Look

Purchase Manufactured Homes with FHA Loan

How to Buy a Foreclosed Home

Pros and Cons of Corner Lots

Know the Neighborhood Before You Buy

Tune in to an Open House on the Radio

Finding a Qualified Broker or Agent

Shopping for a Loan and Choosing a Lender

How to Improve Your Credit

How to Survive the Loan Application Process

Making an Offer and Signing Contracts

Cancel Your Contract in 3 Days

Understanding the Closing/Settlement Process

Choosing Home Inspection and Settlement Professionals

Double Check Your New Home - The Walkthrough

Know Your Consumer Rights

Seniors Have Many Housing Opportunities

Preparing for the Big Day -- Relocating Moving

Make Your Home Your Castle - Cost Effective Redecorating Ideas


Do-It-Yourself or Not?

Is it the smart choice?

Are You a Handy Type?

Or not?

Could you pick up a hammer yourself and decrease the payments? Sure. But are you ready to do that? Do you know the difference between a router and a band saw? Do you know how to hang wallpaper without bubbles or ripples?

Some of you may be more talented than you thought.

If you are dedicated, patient and do not have a tendency to drop things or run into walls, you may be able to do some of the work yourself. There is only one caveat: home improvement projects are long, hard work that takes time. If you need the changes to be made by a specific time or you tend to get impatient, you may not want to try this yourself.

Another Problem

Do-it-yourself jobs can also be dangerous. Never attempt to do electrical work yourself. The risk of injury is simply not worth it. Some roof repair is the same. It depends on the pitch of your roof. However, you may want to leap right into painting or minor repairs. It all depends on your skill level and your schedule. Do what is reasonable for you.

What's Your Personality?

What about the people you live with?

If you can't bear the thought of living without a kitchen for weeks on end because you can only work on it during the weekend, do-it-yourself may not be for you. But some do-it-yourself projects can save you money if you have the right tools, the right experience, and the right attitude. It is a personal call. But be aware that many remodelers will not take a job if the project was started as a do-it-yourself project that went bad. If you have doubts, ask a professional first.

Let's Look at Some Easy Cosmetic Changes

Sometimes a little paint will do the job...

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