Handy Guide on Home Improvement Tips

Costa Mesa real estate begins with the first impression. There’s plenty of ways to improve your home’s exterior. Homeowners can do some of these projects as a do-it-yourself project and others will require the help of a professional. Which home improvements can you tackle on your own and which ones will need professional help? There’s a great book out that comes highly recommended by the leading real estate source Inman News called “Home Repair That Pays Off: 150 Simple Ways to Add Value Without Breaking Your Budget,” by Hector Seda.

What things can help your curb appeal? The book gives tips about landscaping, exterior upkeep, cleaning, draining, roofing, driveways, garages, masonry and foundations. A sample tip from the book tells readers how to make sure they buy enough mulch to prevent the rain from washing plants away.

The book also gives tips for improving your home’s interior. Again, some of the projects are easy DIY projects and others will require help. 

A book like this is helpful for evaluating whether you should tackle a project on your own or hire it out. Remember, while it may seem cost-effective to do a project DIY-style, if you misjudge the complexity of the project or make an error it could end up costing more to have a professional repair your mistakes.

It’s important to note that return rates for home improvements are highly dependent on the location and real estate market of the home. Homes in Costa Mesa need to be evaluated based on a number of factors that a skilled, local real estate agent can help you determine. You can’t expect all home improvements to pay off big time, however when it comes time to sell they will certainly give you an edge. Before you make any changes big or small, you may want to consult with a Costa Mesa realtor who can give you an objective evaluation.

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to offer home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. The company has been servicing Costa Mesa, CA almost excludively for over 25 years and knows Costa Mesa real estate. We also have an expert on staff, Holly Schwartz, who came to us as a producer from Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and extensively studied home values and markets locally and nationally. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.


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