One of the most important things to keep in mind when you purchase a new house is that you should plan for at least one remodeling in the future. Houses are subject to good old wear-and-tear after being lived in for a few decades. Your house might not have any cracks in it and have that fresh paint smell, but those are the marks of a house that isn’t a home. A real house is one that has experienced ownership and all the dilapidation that might come with it. Sooner or later, something will start to go on the fritz or break down, and some standard home improvement procedures will be necessary to ensure that your house remains in good working order. No one wants to live in a house that has a ceiling that leaks, or a window that doesn’t shut, or a sink that doesn’t have running water, or a toilet that doesn’t flush…you get the picture. Or if you’re not concerned about the place since you won’t be staying there long, think of the tenants who might live there in the future. And if you can’t get yourself to have that kind of consideration, then think of how hard it’ll be to sell a house with fixtures that don’t work. You’ll want that house to be the very best it can be, which is why in addition to fixing things, you should make some improvements to increase the house’s value on the market.
Now that we’ve got you realizing the importance of home improvement, keep in mind that it can be quite expensive. One of the best ways to mitigate this is through do-it-yourself home improvement. If you’ve got the skills, why not make use of them instead of paying someone else? Surely your father taught you the ways of construction and handyman work. If not, then the next step is to find friends who actually do have home improvement skills. Please, if you don’t have the qualifications, then don’t try. It’s for the best. Friends are great because they help you in times of need, and they will usually charge much less than someone who doesn’t know you. Or, if that creates an awkward conflict of interest (keep personal and business separate), then they might be able to find someone for you who will do it for a lower price since you’re a friend of a friend. Aren’t friends great? Connections are everything, and they’re also very important for enforcing the structure of a house.