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|Real Estate Expert: Homeowners CAN Do It Themselves
|A real estate expert and television host says the the biggest misconception for homeowners wanting to rehab their homes is that they can't do it themselves.
HGTV's Brandie Malay was a guest of the 35th Annual Western Illinois Builders Association Home Show at Sandburg Mall Saturday.
She says a tremendous amount of money can be saved by doing things yourself.
Malay tells WGIL there's even classes available for specific projects and she recommends them.
"There's a lot of weekend warrior classes is what I call them," Malay said. "Like at Home Depot, or Lowes, or The Tile Shop, where you can learn how to do your own backsplash, you can learn how to lay your own pavers in the backyard, things that are labor intensive. Because that's where you can do a trick bag with your budget, is with labor."
"It's not necessarily the materials that cost a lot of money, it's hiring the person to do the work that costs a lot of money."
Malay says she came to Galesburg because she enjoys spreading her message of how to add value to your home without breaking the bank.
When budgeting home projects, she says to always add 40-percent to the budget so homeowners feel they've come out on top at the end, and because new problems are always discovered.
According to Malay, the simplest fix to your home can be done by painting.
Over thirty contractors, retailers, and agents will again fill Sandburg Mall today Sunday during regular mall hours for day two of the home show.
(Some of the booths set up throughout Galesburg's Sandburg Mall for the 35th Annual WIBA Home Show; WGIL Photos and News Story by Kyle Schassburger).
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