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To DYI or Not to DYI that is the question

Over the past few weeks I have been working with a client who is looking for a home with a finished basement.  I now, more than ever want to stress to sellers that QUALITY matters.  
We are in a market that allows our buyers to be choosy, so this means that if there are 4 homes all with finished basements and 3 are finished by the owners who are trying to save some money and the 4th is finished by a professional, it's likely that the buyer will chose the home who hired a professional to finish their basement.
Don't get me wrong, I understand that not everyone can afford to hire the professional.  It can get really expensive and if you plan on living in your home forever and you are OK with your handy man skills then go ahead and do it yourself.  BUT...If you are finishing your basement to add value to your home then DON'T do it yourself.  Even if you have to cut back on the fanciness of the bathroom and not put a full bar in, maybe just a walk up bar in to keep costs at a minimum it is worth it.  QUALITY is what people want to see, add value to your home, don't devalue it.  If you can't afford to hire a professional then you are better off leaving it as an unspoiled basement and not wasting your money and time on doing it yourself.

I do have to say that I know some people who have the most amazing skills and can take on this challenge and it result is a beautiful finished product.  Let's face it though....they are far and few between : ) 

Reagan Yablonski is a licensed Realtor® with RE/MAX First in Calgary, Alberta. You can get more information about the services she offers by, or visit her Facebook page at
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