How much will “Doing It Yourself” actually save you?


Fall has officially arrived and  motivation to begin planning fall/winter home improvements has begun. Let me begin by saying that “ we are all experiential learners”. According to Wikipedia, do it yourself (DIY) is the method of building, modifying, or repairing something without the aid of experts or professionals…did I mention that we are experiential learners already?


Moving right along, the notion of spending time on YouTube convincing yourself that you are now an expert can be a very costly mistake. Here is a very common scenario. With timeline and budget in mind ( now that you’ve completed your research on YouTube), you head off to Lowes where you meet a knowledgeable  attendant who indicates that you “ need” x, y and z to begin….” but this wasn’t mentioned in the video I watched? I’ll not bore you with the rest as I’m convinced  many of us have lived the resulting nightmare. Not only is it a poor job but it has done nothing to improve your relationships at home.  Time to call in a Staging Professional to repair the damage done!

We have seen many of these costly mistakes over the years when working with our clients as they set the stage for resale. Id like to share some repeated, glaring faux pas:

*Painting- how hard can it be? You have a bucket of paint a brush and a roller. The wrong colour, sheen and lamentable lines at the ceiling ( aka cutting) devalues a room/home,

*Floor refinishing and installation- improper cuts, materials, installation methods and poor transitions can scream SOS to a potential buyer,

*Under-budgeting- every DIY job will always cost you more than you budgeted! Always analyze your projects carefully; weigh out the cost of hiring a professional,

*Electrical and plumbing jobs- unless you have gone to school and have the paperwork, you’re not qualified. Leave these issues with a qualified contractor,

*Time- doesn’t everything take 30 minutes as seen on TV? Time is elusive, know that estate and lengthy DIY construction periods can cause expenses to quickly mount, slowly eating away at your return.

The most important aspect of any project regardless of size and scope is always safety. Don’t get involved in something you can’t handle! Did I mention that “ we are experiential learners”?

If you need a hand, aren’t sure where to begin, or how to find the end? Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 905.358.4887.

About Lisa McIntee

Lisa McIntee is the owner of The Staging Professionals and RESA's 2014 Top Professional Home Stager in North America. The Staging Professionals is Niagara's Multi-Award Winning Home Staging Company offering a wide range of services designed to assist Realtors, Investors, Builders and Home Owners increase their bottom line when selling or renting their home.

Lisa is a member of the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) and holds the elected position of Ontario President. She is also a RESA Mastermind Member, Staging Instructor & Mentor with SAR Staging & Re-Design and is actively involved in her community through various charitable organizations.

"RESA Professional Stager of the Year North America 2014"
"RESA Professional Stager of the Year Canada 2014"
"RESA Top 10 Best Occupied Stagings North America 2014"
"RESA Top 10 Best Re-designs North America 2014"
"RESA Top 10 Best Re-Designs North America 2013"