Q&A: Tips for homeowners looking to do indoor or outdoor remodels before selling a home



Chris Degen
Founder of The Woodlands Home Repairs LLC

Chris Degen founded The Woodlands Home Repairs in 2009 for homeowners in The Woodlands and surrounding areas.


The company offers indoor and outdoor home remodeling services and general maintenance work.


What are some misconceptions people might have about home repair and remodeling specialists?


For the most part, we are redoing spaces, making them better, up to date, and a lot of times larger or completely new by adding on.  I think a big misconception in remodeling is that doing it yourself will save money. That is not always true and can end up costing more in the end.


Is there a typical “problem” room or area that typically causes the most headaches? What are some important features of such areas, and how can homeowners or remodeling workers prepare them?


A lot of the remodeling that we do is because a leak initiated the process.  I cannot tell you how many times something from original construction has failed, causing a leak somewhere.  This can cause a lot of collateral and underlying damage.  There is usually no way to know when this will happen.  You just have to address the problem as soon as it presents itself, whether it is on your own or through insurance.


What are some mistakes you see most often when homeowners are looking to start the renovation process? How can those be avoided?


Do-it-yourselfers are probably the biggest mistake I see.  Sometimes people think they can do it themselves and bite off more than they can chew.  This can actually cause damage and make our job more difficult, which ultimately ends up costing more.  Another mistake I see is people accepting bids that are way too low.  This usually never ends good, and we have been called in to finish several jobs that were started by others who could not do the work for the price they bid.


What are the difficulties associated with renovation and remodeling work? Is indoor or outdoor work more difficult?


I think the most challenging part is figuring out how to move things and have everything look like it was supposed to be that way.  If a wall is load-bearing, it must be supported by a wall, column and/or beam.  Both outdoor and indoor renovations can present their own unique challenges.


What advice would you give to someone looking to start remodeling work on their property?


It is better to get [an estimate] before getting started on your own only to find out later the job is more than what was originally expected.

By Ben Thompson
Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2019 as a reporter for The Woodlands area and began working as Austin's City Hall reporter in April 2021.


MOST RECENT

The text of General Order No. 3, which Gordon Granger issued from Galveston in June 1865 to explicitly liberate enslaved Black Texans, runs across the bottom of the mural. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
‘I am filled’: Houston-Galveston area celebrates first Juneteenth as federal holiday

See how local policymakers, historians, artists and philanthropists honored the Juneteenth holiday at its birthplace with the dedication of a 5,000-square-foot mural.

The Township has until Aug. 16 to decide whether to put incorporation on the ballot or not for the November 2021 election. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Woodlands Area Chamber to vote on resolution recommending delay of incorporation vote

The resolution will come to the full board of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce for a vote on July 2.

The Texas Central rail connection from Dallas to Houston will feature a bullet train similar to this one. (Courtesy Texas Central Partners/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Supreme Court declines to review high-speed rail case, freeing company up to use eminent domain

Texas Central, the company looking to build a 236-mile high-speed rail line connecting Houston and Dallas, has been given a big win in an ongoing legal battle over whether the company is legally recognized as a "railroad company" under state law.

There will be various events across the Houston area celebrating the Fourth of July, including League City's Fireworks Extravaganza. (Courtesy of League City)
12 Fourth of July weekend events, celebrations to attend in the Greater Houston area

Here are 12 Fourth of July weekend events throughout the Houston region.

(Courtesy Bojangles)
Bojangles announces three Houston locations

The fast food chain offers fried chicken and biscuits, and will be coming to The Woodlands, Humble and Conroe.

America's ER Medical center
32784 FM 2978, Magnolia
(Ally Bolender/Community Impact Newspaper)
17 clinics, emergency rooms to seek treatment at in The Woodlands

Here are some of the locations in The Woodlands area where standalone emergency room and urgent care facilities are available.

Services, specializations separate these 11 hospitals in The Woodlands area

Here's a look at some of the hospitals and medical centers serving The Woodlands area.

Don Norrell presented information about water and sewer utilities in post-incorporation scenarios at the June 17 meeting of The Woodlands Township board of directors. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Woodlands Township resumes incorporation study planning meetings

Incorporation planning meetings resumed June 17 in The Woodlands Township after being placed on hold in March 2020.

The spiced chicken puff pastries come with shredded chicken, garam masala and vegetables wrapped in a puff pastry and topped with creamy jalapeno sauce. (Courtesy Philipose's Kitchen & Bar)
Philipose's Kitchen & Bar now serving American southern-inspired food in Magnolia

Philipose's Kitchen & Bar opened in early March and offers dine-in, take-out and online ordering.

Two new businesses have been announced for Hughes Landing. (Courtesy The Howard Hughes Corp.)
Howard Hughes Corp. announces two new businesses for Hughes Landing

The Pretty Kitty and Roots Dental Studio are anticipated to open in the near future.

Montgomery County collects local feedback on thoroughfare plan predicting future traffic, growth

Montgomery County officials sought community feedback on the county’s thoroughfare plan through mid-June, updating the previous plan from 2016.