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How to Add Value to a Home With DIY Projects

I'm back at another remodel site to show you a cool example of how you can add some serious value to your home without hiring a contractor. In this case, the homeowner paneled their ceiling and added decorative trim and beams for just $1,400.

We're going informal again today as we're shooting from another remodel job to talk about making your own ceiling.

The ceiling you see in the video above needed a facelift really badly—it was what I call a cake frosting ceiling. It also had a couple big ceiling fans that just weren't very flattering. The whole ceiling needed to come down, so most of the work was just demo work to rip down the old drywall.

This job was done by a homeowner, not a contractor.

From there, we had a choice of going with drywall again for the ceiling or to do something that really grabbed the imagination. We ended up choosing a cedar ceiling for this house. It's just tongue and groove cedar strips that you can find at Home Depot or Lowes along with some pre-finished white trim. The white beams you see are actually just white two-by-fours that are bracketed to the ceiling and boxed in with more pre-finished trim.

Of course, this was detailed work that took a lot of effort working overhead with a nail gun and other tools. However, this was done by a homeowner, not a contractor. If you're thinking about doing some work in your house and you have just a little bit of skill, there's no limit to what you can do. Since this ceiling was a homeowner job, the cedar, the trim, and the beams were only about a $1,400 DIY job.

If you have any questions about these kinds of projects to lift the value of a home, don't hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I'd love to hear from you!

How to Quiet Your Creaky Staircase

Today we’re doing things a little bit informally as I’m on the job to show you how to repair creaky stairs. 

Today we’re discussing how to get rid of creaky stairs. I’m on the job so I can walk you through this process.

Creaky steps have been a plague on this particular house for years and years. In fact, if someone goes up and down these stairs, you can hear it throughout the entire home.

We’re using a retread kit to fix this issue. The original stairs were stripped, in this case stripped of carpeting, so we could work with the bare treads. In the video above, you can see where the riser went up to on the original tread, but the creaking was coming from an old pressboard tread. So, the wood needed to be secured down to prevent squeaking. It also needed to be screwed in from the back and secured with a heavy liquid nail glue both under the face and on the back of the tread.

This isn't an expensive repair.

That process really tightened things up. As you can see in the video, I’m going up and down the stairs and it’s nice and quiet. After things are screwed, glued, and made very tight, all that’s left is putting on the top piece and the face piece.

The tread and riser kits are really pretty cool, and I have been able to find them online for as low as $39, but the total cost will depend on how much tightening work you have to do, how high-end you want your finishes to be, and how many stairs you have.

Take a look at the video to see the materials we used for our tread kit.

If you have any other questions about getting rid of creaky stairs or any other real estate-related questions, please feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you.

What Impact Has the Presidential Election had on our Housing Market?

Despite some initial concern, the presidential election shouldn’t have any long-term major impact on our housing market. Here’s why.

I’ve been through several elections in my lifetime, and the one thing you can always count on after a controversial election such as the one we just had is everybody getting riled up over it. For a short period of time, there’s usually a great deal of concern from the half of the population who didn’t get their preferred candidate. However, eventually everyone slides back into their normal routines.

In the long term, the power of habit usually takes over.

This is because supply and demand are what determine the housing market—not who is president. Folks buy and sell homes based on life motivators and their respective financial capability. While an election may rattle consumer confidence in the short term, in the long term, you’ll find that the power of habit usually takes over. Houses will continue to be bought and sold based on familiar motivators determined by supply and demand.

Based on the initial impact of the election, not much has changed in our market. My office has still been selling homes at a rapid pace, and I think we will see a strong housing market going into the spring. We still have fairly high demand and a low level of inventory. Not only that, but interest rates are still very low.

If you have any questions or are thinking of buying or selling a home in today’s market, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be happy to help!