People often ask how I got started in real estate, or more specifically home renovation and remodeling. Or, if I had experience in the field before starting my own projects. The answer might surprise you: NO.
In fact, the only experience I had with DIY house projects was watching my parents tear apart a bedroom wall to find a dead mouse that had been stinking up the place. Or, when my Dad thought he could easily wire up a surround system with some o-five wire. I guess he read this somewhere and was down at the local big box store asking some poor elderly clerk where he could find the o-five wire…
I’d also tell you that simply buying real estate wasn’t even on my radar when the first project was happened. I was happy renting. It was easy, I didn’t have to fix anything. I didn’t own too many tools yet and I definitely didn’t think it was something I’d get into. Like many things, it wasn’t my idea. But, I dove in and got to work.
Now, I realize that buying real estate, or rehabbing homes can be not only a great investment, it can be very interesting and fulfilling. It can also be heartbreaking! I’ll get to that part later.
So, you’ve decided to do it. You bought your first house or investment property. But, there’s a problem. It looks old, dated, grungy and just plain ugly. Time to get to work!
This blog is dedicated to the doers, the DIYers, the risk-takers, or the just plain foolhardy people like me who are looking for information about buying, selling, rehabbing or renovating homes and houses from those who have done it. Since the majority of real estate deals and prices are based on location, I decided to call this site BUY THE DIRT. Stay tuned for blogs on finance, DIY, rehabbing, trials and tribulations and more!