Experts share easy DIY home improvement tips

Experts share easy DIY home improvement tips


BUT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO TAKE MATTERS INTO YOUR OWN HANDS. A MAJOR FIRST-FLOOR MAKEOVER FOR THIS HISTORIC HOME IN CAPE ELIZABETH.>>ONE OF MANY PROJECTS FOR CAN’T — FOR THIS CONTRACTOR.>>THERE IS A HUGE PUSH RIGHT NOW FOR HOUSING OF ALL KINDS IN SOUTHERN MAINE. WE CAN’T BUILD HOUSES FAST ENOUGH.>>IT IS A MULTILAYERED PROBLEM. THE VOLUME OF WORK — >>WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF BUILDING — OF A BUILDING BOOM FOR SURE.>>AND FEWER PEOPLE TO DO IT. SKILLED WORKERS ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY AND MORE THAN HALF OF THEM ARE 45 OR OLDER. I THINK IT IS A GENERATIONAL GAP. TODAY’S YOUNG FOLKS ARE MORE SAVVY ON AN IPAD THAN THEY ARE WITH A TOOL IN THEIR HAND.>>CAUSING LONG WAIT TIMES FOR REMODELERS.>>SIZABLE PROJECTS IS FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS OUT.>>AND PERHAPS ONE REASON WHY THE DIY INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO GROW. THANKS TO SITES LIKE YOUTUBE, YOU CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO ANYTHING ON YOUR OWN. IN A RECENT STUDY DONE BY GOOGLE THINK, IT FOUND A 73% OF PEOPLE AGES 35 TO 54 VISITED YOUTUBE FOR HOW TO VIDEOS. THE MOST POPULAR BEING THE HOME IMPROVEMENT CATEGORY.>>YOU DON’T HAVE TO START TO BIG. START WITH SOMETHING SMALL.>>LAURA WOULD KNOW. SHE STARTED AS A DIYER.>>WE GOT STARTED DOING THIS YEARS AGO WHEN MY FUZZ — MY HUSBAND AND I FIRST GOT MARRIED. WE CANNOT AFFORD A CONTRACTOR TO DO WORK. THIS IS AN ADDITION TO THE HOUSE.>>AND THROUGH THAT INTO A BUSINESS WHERE SHE HAS REMODELED, REINVIGORATED, AND RESOLD SOON TO BE 10 LOCAL HOMES.>>WE KNEW WE COULD ADD A GARAGE AND MASTER SUITE BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT PEOPLE WANT.>>SHE NAMED THE UGLY DUCKLING HOUSE, NOT SO UGLY ANYMORE.>>IT IS THE MORE MODERN WAY PEOPLE WANT TO LIVE. THEY WANT THE OPEN FLOOR PLAN.>>WITHOUT MONEY AND A TON OF TIME, PAINT IS THE BEST RETURN ON INVESTMENT.>>IT CAN MAKE SOMETHING THAT IS NOT VERY ATTRACTIVE SUDDENLY LOOK PRETTY FABULOUS.>>SOMETHING CONTRACTOR TOP BACON REITERATED. — TODD BACON, REITERATED.>>ONE OF THE BEST THINGS YOU CAN DO IS CHANGE HOW YOUR HOUSE LOOKS FROM THE STREET.>>THE CUSTOMHOUSE NUMBERS ARE ALWAYS — OUR LOBSTER BAILEY’S MADE IN MAINE FOR EXTRA CARE OR.>>I LOVE THEM ON THERE. BY PUTTING SOME NEW HOUSE NUMBER ON T HOUSE, THOSE THINGS CAN MAKE A NEW DIFFERENCE. A NEW DORM AFTER YOU WOULD BE AMAZED WHAT A NEW DOORMAT CAN MAKE IN TERMS OF MAKING YOUR HOUSE LOOK NICE. DON’T BE AFRAID TO TRY. YOU NEED TO GIVE IT A TRY, DO SOMETHING. IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT, YOU CAN CHANGE IT.>>A MAKEOVER YOU CAN DO ON YOUR OWN.>>WE WANTED LOTS OF LIGHT. IT IS SORT OF A BEACH HOUSE. MEGHAN: OUR CONTRACTOR SAID REDOING YOUR TRIM IS A PRETTY EASY JOB TO DO A NEURON. SINCE THOSE WAIT TIMES ARE LONG, REMODELERS MAY GET IN PATIENTS — MAY GET IMPATIENT.

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