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Hire a pro or do it yourself? See how homeowners rank these common projects.
Thinking of going the DIY route for a home improvement project? Well you’re not alone. Nearly three-quarters of homeowners have completed a DIY project in the past three years. However, 40 percent of them wished they hadn’t, according to a new survey from home design site Zillow Digs.
Deciding whether to do it yourself or hire professional help is a common question. To help homeowners make better decisions related to tackling home improvement projects, Zillow Digs asked homeowners from around the country which projects they regretted the most and the least. The results of the survey are revealed below.
Top 5 most-regretted DIY projects
1. Add or expand a room (such as a bathroom or bedroom)
2. Refinish cabinetry (kitchen or bath)
3. Refinish basement or attic
4. Reinstall new carpeting
5. Refinish or install new hardwood floors
Top 5 least-regretted DIY projects
1. Replace lighting fixtures
2. Replace cabinet hardware (kitchen or bath)
3. Paint one or more rooms
4. Install new kitchen appliances
5. Replace plumbing fixtures (bath, sink, toilet)
Looking for inspiration for your next home renovation project? Check out Zillow Digs today!
Posted by Alexa Fiander on Zillow
These small spaces offer lots to love, and what they lack in floor space, they make up for in charm.
Tiny footprints can make a big impact — on the environment, your wallet, and your quality of life. These micro homes obliterate the notion that living small means living with less.
Indeed, several of these listings are offering a lifestyle, not merely a new house. Whether you fancy acres of secluded woods, a waterfront dock, or a novel aesthetic, the following homes offer a glimpse into a redefined standard of living.
Sturgeon Bay, WI
6004 Bay Shore Dr, Sturgeon Bay, WI
For sale: $165,000
While not as miniature as your childhood toy trains, this 192-square-foot caboose has been transformed into a nostalgic tiny home, complete with a kitchen, bath, eating area, and bunk beds within its closed quarters. This 1.58-acre wooded lot also hosts a two-story 128-square-foot cottage with additional beds.
See more homes for sale in Sturgeon Bay.
56 Boat Dock Rd, Shelbyville, KY
For sale: $39,900
Located on Guist Creek Lake, this 396-square-foot, 1-bedroom, 1-bath home has a personal dock and unlimited boat launch. The interior is well maintained, with fresh paint and flooring.
See more Shelbyville homes for sale.
401 Riverwood Trl, Lansing, NC
For sale: $120,000
Combining two acres of land with 275 feet of river frontage, this 400-square-foot, 1-bedroom, 1-bath home offers a multitude of natural gifts. The wooden interior is cozy in traditional cabin fashion, and the covered deck offers a treehouse feel.
See more Lansing listings.
28882 Foothill Dr, Silverado, CA
For sale: $324,000
Located in notoriously pricey Orange County, this 268-square-foot home is a far cry from the “Real Housewives” abodes. Bursting with character, this 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom home provides generous outdoor living and proximity to the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary.
See more homes on the market in Silverado.
70 Wildcat Rd, Madison, CT
For sale: $149,900
This impeccably styled 400-square-foot home is overwhelmingly charming, boasting beamed ceilings and a pleasant color palette. Located close to town and beaches, this home offers a tranquil setting that’s not too far off the beaten path.
See more Madison homes for sale.
Bon Carbo, CO
16022 County Road 30.0, Bon Carbo, CO
For sale: $179,000
When seclusion is not enough, this is the completely off-the-grid, 1-bedroom, 1-bath home you’ve been searching for. Nurtured for years, this 252-square-foot cabin in the mountains is paired with an additional guest cottage, gardens, outdoor cooking facilities, and solar panels.
See more homes for sale in Bon Carbo.
Port Vincent, LA
18120 Cooper St, Port Vincent, LA
For sale: $148,000
Located on a sizeable waterfront lot off the Amite River, this 400-square-foot home is perfect for a boat owner. In addition to having a delightful interior, this 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom home features a covered boat slip and lift, and a covered RV/boat port.
See more listings in Port Vincent.
32504 State Route 706 E, Ashford, WA
For sale: $65,000
Hiking, skiing, and fishing, all at a moment’s notice. This 224-square-foot, 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom home located near Mount Rainier claims 1.9 acres of Northwestern magnificence.
See more listings in Ashford.
4700 Oden Rd UNIT 6, Oden, MI
For sale: $71,900
Reasonable waterfront living is part of the deal with this 245-square-foot, 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom home. Situated on 180 feet of shared frontage on Crooked Lake, this cottage provides effortless boat access with its private dock.
See more homes for sale in Oden.
Posted by Sharona Ott in Zillow
Mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased over the last several weeks. Along with Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Realtors are all calling for mortgage rates to continue to rise over the next four quarters.
This has caused some purchasers to lament the fact they may no longer be able to get a rate less than 4%. However, we must realize that current rates are still at historic lows.
Here is a chart showing the average mortgage interest rate over the last several decades.
Though you may have missed getting the lowest mortgage rate ever offered, you can still get a better interest rate than your older brother or sister did ten years ago; a lower rate than your parents did twenty years ago and a better rate than your grandparents did forty years ago.
Posted by The KCM Crew