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First-Time Buyers Should Avoid These Common Mistakes

Doing anything for the first time can be tough, especially when it's as important as buying a home. As a first-time buyer, you will be bombarded by a seemingly-endless stream of information and advice from friends, family, and your real estate agent. Of course, not all advice is good; in fact, even repeat buyers can fall prey to common mistakes and misconceptions in their search for a place to call home. To help cut through the noise, Realtor Magazine recently wrote about three of the most common mistakes made by first-time (and repeat!) buyers. 

Expect These Issues to Appear in Your Home Inspection Report

The moment when you finally land your dream home can be almost euphoric! Of course, as a savvy buyer, you know that you still need to see what the home inspection turns up before you sign on the dotted line. For many buyers, getting through this process can be stressful, especially if it's your first time doing so, which is why I recently wrote about what you shouldn't necessarily expect to find in the report. This information is useful when making your final decisions about the purchase, but it is perfectly understandable if you're more concerned with you actually should expect to see. In this post, you can learn about the most common problems found during a home inspection and how much it costs to fix them.

Which DIY Home Improvement Projects Do Homeowners Regret?

As the owner of a home, you’ll regularly find yourself deciding between hiring a professional or attempting a project on your own. Although choosing to DIY offers the potential of significant cost savings and a sense of personal accomplishment, it can just as easily yield poor results and huge time commitments. Many a homeowner has confidently started a home improvement project only to realize that they are in over their head, a situation which can result in damage to their wallet, home, and even safety. Of course, not all projects are created equal; the potential for disaster associated with painting a wall is significantly less than it is with installing a fireplace. This leads us to wonder, which DIY home improvement projects most often result in regret?

To answer this question, home improvement website ImproveNet conducted a survey of 2,000 homeowners who had attempted DIY projects and asked them about which projects gave them the most trouble. Respondents chose from a list of 32 different DIY improvement projects and had attempted an average of about 8 of them over their lifetime. Nearly two-thirds of the group expressed that they regretted at least one of their projects and one-third eventually needed to bring in a professional to redo the work.