DAY 21 Update, Don't Renovate Challenge: Entry Update

Every day I come home I am reminded of the project that is my front door. It’s the first thing I see when I get home and dammit if it doesn’t make me depressed. The last thing I want is to be pissed off when I come home. Let’s make it a happy homecoming.

Here are some ideas to help improve your arrival home, both on the inside and the outside of your home.

Side note: I realize in most of the US, it is way cold outside right now and the last thing you can be doing is painting or planting anything. I’ve added some ideas for you as well. If your personal entry is through the garage, then beef it up there. Nothing says “oh great it’s you again” like a dirty run down garage Read on…

Outside Quick Updates

  • The first thing I do at a house when I buy it is remove the screen or security door. Nothing says “Go TF away” like another door blocking your front door. I usually just stash it in the garage in case the buyer still wants it. I have yet to take the security doors down at my house, 3 years later. It’s on my list.

  • Paint your door something fun. Even your garage door can be painted something more enticing.

  • Add some planters on either side of your front door.

  • Change your doormat out (even the cold AF people can do this one)

  • Change out your door knob. BETTER YET, GYST and rekey all of your exterior door knobs so they are the same key.

  • Add a boot scraper thing outside to help take care of the mess you’re dragging in.

Inside Quick Updates

  • Reseal around your door so critters and cold air don’t come in

  • Give your umbrella a place to live.

  • Find a solution for the shoes and backpacks that pile up

  • Add some hooks or a coat rack

  • Change out your rug

  • Paint the back of the door

  • Add a dish to drop keys or sunglasses in or hooks on the wall to hang them up

  • Give each person in your home a section so it doesn’t become a cluster of giant piles

Shit there is a lot here to do just for the front door. Good luck to you.

DAY 18 Update, Don't Renovate Challenge: Fix It Already

You know that thing that has been broken for ages? That stupid thing that is so annoying but oh well who cares. Those things that you finally take care of when you are about to sell a house and then think, “SHIT. Why didn’t I do this sooner? This is so much better.”

Do That Thing Today

I’m showing the photo of that door because I have this exact door at my house. The door at my house has had the the seal broken for about a year. It needs a sweep on the back to keep critters from crawling in. I have the damn thing sitting here ready to go, I just haven’t done it.

Here are some other things I imagine you may need to do, FINALLY once and for all.

  • An outlet, fan or light that has been broken.

  • Tighten that wobbly table leg.

  • Patch those holes in the wall.

  • Install that trim that is missing.

  • Fix that wobbly or broken tile.

  • Fix the loose spindle on your stair rail.

  • Your broken disposal.

  • The pillows that have holes in them you’ve been meaning to patch up (me).

  • Tighten your wobbly toilet.

  • Fix a broken cabinet door or drawer.

  • Fix a broken shelf.

  • Your broken doorbell.

  • Broken door or gate lock.

  • A switch that isn’t working

  • Towel hook or bar pulling out of the wall.

  • Broken couch cushion zippers

  • Curtain rods pulling out of the wall

  • Hiding your TV/cable cords

  • Get Your chimney swept

  • Broken fence

Ok I think that is enough. Now, don’t go replacing things. This is a REPAIR project. Call a plumber, electrician, carpenter, your Dad, your Uncle, your Mom, your Aunt…whoever to help. If you need help hiring a contractor, refer to this post which is an excerpt from Shut Up And Flip A House Already, the flipping ebook I co-authored with Brenna Brooks.

Ready go!