Allison James Estates & Homes

Finding Time For Home Repairs and Improvements

by The Leiby Team Realtors 11/03/2019

One of the most satisfying aspects of being a new homeowner is the process of "making it your own."

That could include everything from painting walls and hanging pictures to replacing window treatments and assembling shelves. (Then, of course, there's the unpacking, furniture arranging, organizing, and room cleaning!)

For some people, one of the biggest challenges in getting unpacked, set up, and fully decorated is keeping their motivation high. While momentum is usually highest during the first few weeks of living in a new home, a lot of distractions, interruptions, and competing priorities can quickly vie for your attention.

In addition to using good time management skills and setting self-imposed deadlines for getting projects done, here are a few other strategies for staying on track with your decorating and home improvement goals:

Purchase needed supplies ASAP: It's easy for a project to get derailed or put on the "back burner" when you don't have all the tools, supplies, and materials you need to get started. Painting walls and ceilings is the perfect example because you can't get fully underway until you have a variety of brushes, rollers, paint trays, drop cloths, painters' tape, and a sufficient supply of paint -- often more than one color. If you have holes or cracks to fill, you may also need additional supplies like joint compound, a putty knife, and sandpaper. When you have immediate access to all the supplies you need for a particular project, it eliminates potential delays, excuses for getting started, and interruptions in your work flow.

Arrange child care: Sometimes the best approach to keeping your children supervised and entertained while you're working on the house is to hire a responsible teenager to babysit. If you have one or more older children in the family who can help take care of the younger ones for a few hours, then that's even better. In either case, you'll be able to stay focused on the task at hand and get a lot more accomplished.

Make it a priority: The problem with continually postponing a home repair, a landscaping task, or a painting project is that weeks can easily turn into months! Before you know it, years have gone by and you still haven't organized your basement, cleaned out those clogged rain gutters, or applied a fresh coat of paint to your outdated bathroom walls. By blocking off a specific period of time for getting a project underway or completed, you'll be accomplishing your home maintenance goals and beautifying your home faster and more efficiently.

Commit it to writing: When you write yourself a reminder note, create a to-do list, mark it on your calendar, or even text your spouse about your plans to tackle the project on Saturday, you've increased the probability that it will get done. Verbally telling people about it, such as when they ask you what you're doing this weekend, will also help fuel your motivation and nudge you to get the job done in a timely way!

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The Leiby Team Realtors

We founded The Leiby Team with one simple mission: to provide better Real Estate advice and service than any other brokers serving the local Portland and SW Washington market. We employ luxury home marketing techniques to each and every property listing, regardless of price. Our buyers benefit from our strong market knowledge and negotiating skills. We have a goal and are committed to being the most reliable and responsive brokers, providing better marketing and professional advice than any of our competitors.

Today, the results speak for themselves. Over the years, The Leiby Team has served as Realtors to hundreds of home buyers and sellers. Our property listings sell for a higher price than other listings, and they sell faster. Our buyers typically save thousands of dollars on home purchases via our strong negotiating skills. Our clients expect a high level of service and we deliver it. 

The Leiby Team is backed by a nationwide corporate Real Estate company in Allison James Estates and Homes; however, our local service feels more like a boutique firm. We cater to our customers first and foremost as we focus on home sales and marketing in the Portland, Vancouver area and the surrounding suburbs. The Team was co-founded by the husband and wife team of John Leiby and Michelle Leiby. If you are looking for a real estate broker in the Portland Metro and SW Washington area, call the Team that will exceed your expectations. Call John Leiby at 971-409-2803 or Michelle Leiby at 503-781-3943