Three DIY Home Projects To Do Before Fall



Home improvement projects can be fun and add value, whether you’re making your home space more usable, more attractive, or more comfortable. Here are three projects to get your creativity flowing based on your skillset.



Painting your front door can increase your curb appeal and give a feeling of newness to your entryway. Choose your color in a glossy exterior paint – a quart should be enough. You may want to test a few colors in various lighting before you make your final decision.

Be sure you paint on a dry day with moderate temperature so the paint can dry and not blister. Start by either removing the door and any hardware or by taping off the areas that aren’t receiving paint. Scrape off any chipping paint, sanding the door if needed. Brush off any dust, dirt, or debris and apply paint with primer, or prime first and then paint it once dry.

Other ideas: freshen up the look of a room with a new paint color, accent wall, or cleanly painted trim.



Pavers come in all shapes and sizes and can create a flat parking space for an RV, more design and aesthetic to your entry, or even a whimsical path to outdoor space. Quickly spruce up an area, such as a garden, with a border. Or, dig a 5” deep trench set with compacted class V gravel and sand to create a long-lasting foundation for decorative pavers.

Other ideas: consider adding outdoor lighting along your new path or end it with a patio. An outdoor fireplace and seating area will make the space perfect for entertaining.



Kitchen and bathrooms are where we spend most of our time, and a mini-makeover can create a more beautiful or usable space. Replace hardware, add a tile backsplash, or install a new counter or sink to instantly transform your space. Install drawer roll-outs to increase storage and reduce clutter.


Local hardware stores and online tutorials are sure to inspire and instruct you on your makeover. And all these projects can be completed over a weekend.

Other ideas: consider installing shelving and/or organizers in a closet, laundry, or mudroom.

Don’t have the time or skill to do it yourself? Contact me about in-home services from a great handyman, plumber, or electrician.

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Thank you Elizabeth, David & Aurora Black for such a fantastic 5 Star review on Zillow! It’s extremely rewarding to help my clients achieve their real estate dreams…I love my job!

“If you are looking for a real-estate agent who specializes in the West and South San Jose Neighborhoods, Darren is a great choice! He has the experience of a seasoned professional but he comes across as personable and down to earth with his clients. During our first meeting we told him that we did not like agents who came on too strong with “the hard sell”. He listened and said he understood completely; we were happy to find that his natural style was much the opposite. He let us lead the way in terms of choosing neighborhoods and properties, as we asked, but was right there to help us as soon as we found a property of interest. This speaks well to his communication skills and ability to do what is needed for each client. I am certain that with any client he would listen to his/her needs and act accordingly.

He also has his own website. I found it useful to be able to search homes through the site in addition to the regular suggestions that he would send through email. During the house hunting process he made sure to send us a few personal listings each week in addition to the general listings he sent to all clients.

Several times during the process, Darren provided us with market research to assist in the home buying process. When it came time to bid on a house, he helped us strategize based on that research fusing com parables in the area. We were fortunate enough to have our second offer accepted even though there were initially a number of other bidders. While I did not observe the negotiations I assume this speaks well for his professional skills as well as his negotiating skills. If you are familiar with the market in Willow Glen, then you know how common it can be to make five even seven offers before getting a house. So be accepted on the second house (which just happened to be our dream house) really says a lot!

During the closing process Darren was kind enough to attend all of the important meetings from the signing of the mortgage at the loan office to the the various walk throughs at the property. We were dealing with a particularly tough sellers agent who seemed to want to step over the line on any number of little details in the final days and Darren was able to step in, protect our interest, and make sure that what needed to be done was done before close. We really appreciated this!

Darren handled everything for us. We never once met with the seller’s or their agent. Everything was handled with little disruption in our busy professional lives. I felt Darren was available when we needed him by email, text or phone and the process was so smooth that it really didn’t feel like work.

My over all impression of Darren is that he is friendly, genuine, ethical, and he goes to bat for his clients. He wants to get the best deal possible and protect their interests. I definitely will recommend Darren to friends and family when they are ready to purchase their homes and I feel certain that you will be satisfied if you choose him as your agent. 

We are so happy with our new home! Thanks Darren!”

Sincerely, Elizabeth, David and Aurora Black