Updated: Nov 5, 2020
Spring is here! The weather is finally turning nice, making now a great time to learn the truth about DIY projects and implement some fantastic technology upgrades in your home. You’ll also find tips on how to know if now is a good time to sell your home as well as what you need to know to get the process started.
Spring DIY Myths
If you’re looking for a fun and productive way to spend time at home, you can’t do much better than taking on a new DIY project. However, before you pull out your hammer and nails, familiarize yourself with some common DIY myths.
Myth 1: You’ll Save Money with DIY
Doing a job yourself will remove labor costs and with simple projects, this is definitely a good option. However, there are many home improvement projects that will benefit from the experience of a trained professional. Trained experts know what products to use, already have the necessary tools, and will know the quickest and easiest way to complete your project.
Myth 2: Weekend Projects
Many of the projects you find online that are advertised as “weekend projects” may end up taking much longer. You never know when the need for a different tool, screw, or weather will delay your project. So, be prepared for your weekend project to take a little longer.
Myth 3: DIY Projects Don’t Need Inspections
Unless your home-improvement project is a cosmetic update, such as new paint or deck staining, there’s a good chance you need a permit, inspection, or both. If you fail to complete these steps and someone is hurt as a result, you could be liable for the injuries.
Why You Should Incorporate More Technology In Your Home
When you combine smart phones and smart home technology, you gain broad control of your home and its devices from anywhere. Locking your doors, viewing your home via video, turning on the lights and resetting the temperature on the thermostat are just a few of the functions you can control from your phone. Here are three reasons why you should incorporate smart home technology into your home.
Upgrades such as a doorbell camera, smart fire alarms, and smart locks can improve your home security to keep you and your family safe. If you have a vacation home or rent a property through vacation rental programs, these smart home features can also help you manage your properties and protect your investment without having to physically travel to the property as frequently.
Some smart home features, such as thermostat and light controls are both convenient and money savers. Use your smartphone to adjust your home’s temperature while you’re away or program the thermostat to kick on at a certain time each day. You can also use smart lights to turn off lights you left on or to light up the home before you arrive.
There may come a time when you’re ready to sell your current home. When that day comes, your home will be more attractive to many buyers if you already have smart home features in place.