DIY and Adding Value to your House

DIY and Adding Value to your House

  • Annie Junker
  • 06/20/24


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DIY and Adding Value to Your Home

Deciding whether to undertake home renovations yourself or hire a professional hinges on several factors including the scope of the project, your skill level, time availability, and budget. DIY renovations can be a rewarding choice for smaller, less complex tasks such as painting, installing shelves, or minor landscaping. These projects typically require minimal tools and skills, allowing homeowners to save money on labor costs and gain a sense of personal achievement. Additionally, for those who enjoy hands-on work and have the time to dedicate, DIY renovations can be a fun and educational experience. However, it's important to assess your capabilities honestly; taking on tasks beyond your expertise can lead to subpar results and potentially higher costs in the long run if mistakes need to be corrected.

On the other hand, hiring a professional is often the best course of action for larger, more intricate projects such as electrical work, plumbing, structural changes, or major remodels. Professionals bring specialized knowledge, experience, and access to quality materials and tools, ensuring that the job is completed safely and to a high standard. Moreover, many renovation projects require permits and must adhere to building codes, which professionals are well-versed in navigating. Investing in professional services can significantly enhance the value of your home, as expertly executed renovations typically result in higher-quality finishes and improved functionality. By balancing DIY efforts with professional expertise, homeowners can effectively manage costs while maximizing the aesthetic and market value of their property.

If you need advice about whether to DIY or hire a professional or if you need recommendations about who to hire for various home projects, contact me!


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*We know RVA neighborhoods! Chris Small and Small & Associates are the official Listing Leaders and Sales Leaders in Richmond's Fan and Museum Districts!

*In 2023, 83% of our listings sold at or over the list price, and 61% sold OVER the list price!


It is my responsibility as your REALTOR® to ensure that when others around you are lowering their expectations, this becomes the time for us to switch gears and discover how to leverage the market effectively to achieve your goals.

If you would like to know more about the current market, or if you have any general real estate questions, call or text me on my cell phone at 804-350-0879 or you can email me at [email protected].

If you are looking to begin a home search, visit my website to get started!

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Additional resources
We are select partners with REALM and Leverage Global Partners. What does this mean for you as our client? If you are looking to relocate or buy a second home in an entirely different city (or on a different continent!), Small and Associates has you covered. As a member of these exclusive networks, we work with other like-minded agents and to put you in touch with the right REALTOR® outside of the Central Virginia area. If you or someone you know has been considering a unique move, let us be your guide.
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In addition to being a partner to two exclusive global networks, I am a proud member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and am a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. This means that I will market your property to the highest standards with access to the latest trends in the industry. I am the only Real Estate professional in the Central Virginia area with this designation!
Are you interested in buying a second home but, aren't ready to fully commit to another property? As a part of our partnership with REALM, we can direct you to properties all over the world with Pacaso. Pacaso is Luxury Co-Ownership where you have the ability to  own a second house for 1/8 of the cost. Click here to learn more and to start shopping!
Are you looking for your own slice of "La Dolce Vita"? Small and Associates has the connections to make it happen. We have personal contacts with firms in Italy and would be happy to help with your home search and make an introduction!
Client Testimonial: Click the link below to hear from Laura and Nathan Kottkamp, clients of Chris Small. Thank you for your kind words! It's always been an honor to help you with your Real Estate goals.
Client Feedback from Laura and Nathan Kottkamp.
The Chris Small Group at Small and Associates
At The Chris Small Group, we embrace today's dynamic Real Estate market with fresh and strategic approaches to deliver optimal results. Our mission is to craft customized marketing plans that align precisely with the current market landscape. We commit to delivering exceptional outcomes that resonate with trends and buyer preferences. With our unmatched understanding of market dynamics, we ensure our clients' homes stand out and captivate potential buyers. Trust our expertise to maximize your property's exposure and generate genuine interest. Choose The Chris Small Group and experience the transformative power of our innovative and market-savvy approach in today's evolving real estate landscape.
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