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Ep 7: Vicki from is a DIY Ninja

On this episode of the Thumbandhammer Podcast, I talk to Vicki, who blogs at  Vicki is a self-proclaimed DIY ninja who is not afraid to take on home improvement projects and her confidence and fearlessness are contagious.  Talking to Vicki was like a refreshing kick in the butt to get me back into a DIY mindset and she will inspire you too.

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Topics covered in this episode

  • Vicki talks about the scope of the crappiness of her “crappy house.”
  • The pros and cons of buying a former rental property.
  • Why Vicki has no regrets buying a house after many years as a renter
  • Her logical approach to DIY and how her background in creating 3D trade show displays has helped.
  • Her lack of trust of contractors.
  • “Stuff” and yard sales.
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Websites and resources discussed in this episode

Denise Torino Realty:  A shout-out to Vicki’s real estate agent

Long Island Housing Partnership:  The LIHP was created to address the need for and to provide affordable housing opportunities on Long Island for those who are unable to afford homes, through development, technical assistance, mortgage counseling, homebuyer education and lending programs. renovating an 1880’s rowhouse.

Rehab Addict on HGTV:  “Nicole Curtis is saving historic houses, one broken-down fireplace at a time. Working in Detroit and Minneapolis, Nicole takes ramshackle homes from the wrecking ball to their original stunning glory. Whether it’s managing her rugged crew or wrangling city officials, this single mom wields her hammer with skill and returns condemned properties to their place as the pride of the neighborhood.”

Yard Crashers on DIY Network:  On DIY Network’s Yard Crashers, expert Chris Lambton waits at stores looking for the perfect weekend warriors who could definitely use his help. Once he finds his target, Chris and his team follow the surprised shoppers home and completely transform their yards.

Vicki’s advice

Be fearless, but there is no shame in hiring out.

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    • Thumb and Hammer

      Thank you for taking the time to talk to me, Vicki. It was a lot of fun for me too and I think we put out a really enjoyable episode. I’d love the opportunity to do this again.

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