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How To Build Wealth By Purchasing One House At A Time

by Randy Gridley

 

As nice as it would be to be able to look at a house and instantly make money off of it, life sadly does not work that way. In order to make money off a house, you must first own that house. If you have a house that someone else would like to have, you can potentially make thousands of dollars in profit. This is why real estate is one of the best investments there is.

Real Estate: Your Best Investment

Even though I have nearly 50 years of experience in the investment industry, buying houses is still something I prefer over commercial buildings, and even multifamily housing.  Why, you ask? Simply put, houses require the least amount of effort to make money off of. Many people have the misconception that apartments and commercial buildings require less work for a bigger profit. This is simply not true. The thing is, after having owned many of these kinds of properties, there is something I have learned. Tenants come and go; the buildings always need to be maintained and refurbished; new tenants need to be found as soon as the old ones are gone. Rentals just require more work to keep them profitable. Even worse, if you have a legal dispute in a commercial building, you're going to be paying out the nose in legal fees, even if you're clearly in the right. This is especially true for businesses that have a big brand name to them. "So just don't rent to them!" you may be thinking. Except in order to entice customers to your commercial building, you need those big brand stores.

There is also the nightmare of a tenant who doesn't pay their rent on time. This is true in both commercial buildings and apartment complexes. If a tenant is in dire financial straits, they will declare bankruptcy and you won't see a single penny that you're owed.

Ideally you want tenants that take care of your building and pay their rent at the same time. You have to find renters who don't have good negotiating skills and who need you more than you need them. On the flip side, owning houses lets you help other people sell their houses as well. Where I live in Idaho a Realtor can make some really good money by doing this. Of course, depending on where you live, you will have to look up the laws for your area to see what you can do regarding selling houses you don't own.

The first thing you can do with houses is rent them to people in need of a place to live. If you decide to sell the house later, you can help those people find a new place to live and maybe get a commission by buying out another house from someone who can't make payments on it. In turn, you get to help a family in need, which is a very rewarding feeling. Of course, you make a nice profit by doing this.

Investment Properties And Their Issues

Unsurprisingly, other investors are most likely to be the buyers of an investment property. Also unsurprisingly, they want to buy it for an under market value and for a very low down payment so they don't lose much money on the outset. After all, they don't plan on living here. They want to flip it and the mortgage as soon as possible. A deal will eventually fall apart since the investor won't be able to get a loan for the full amount you're asking.

You also must keep in mind the economy, which greatly influences property worth. Houses and commercial properties don't just increase in value by existing. The location and the housing market play big roles in determining if your house is worth more or less in the coming years.

How Houses Are Different

The most unique investment opportunity is the average family house. You can make money off them whether they're empty or full. Obviously you can make some side income by renting a house from month to month. But you can also make money by letting it sit and appreciate. Either way, you're going to win.

Meanwhile, commercial and apartment properties depend on how much revenue it can produce while it's at max capacity. Leasing an apartment for under market value will make it depreciate in the long run. But a house will almost always appreciate whether it's empty or full.

There's almost no safer investment than a house. You can get a small down payment which will cost you less money than buying a commercial property. This gives you less risk. Also, lenders at banks or elsewhere will finance more for a house than other kinds of properties. Secondly, there are more buyers shopping for a house than any other kind of property. Houses can be sold in quite the hurry if you're in a prime location and need some quick cash. Of course, you can also sit on it and instigate a bidding war between buyers. As previously stated, you can also rent the house out for some consistent cash. Once again depending on the area, you can rent it out quickly with very few vacancies, which is a huge step up

from trying to rent an apartment. Sometimes commercial properties will sit empty for months and years, especially during a tough economy.

Anxious Sellers: Dealing With Them

You usually deal with a homeowner in a hurry to sell when you buy a house. This is good for you, since it means you can get a house for a lower rate, leading to great bargains and more money saved. What you learn from this experience is that you should never sell in a hurry even if you got that house from someone else selling it in a hurry. A good house flipper is someone who can negotiate well. Always try to out-negotiate the person you bought the house from.

Home Staging on a Budget Article Five of Five

by Randy Gridley

Stage the Lawn

Its very important to always have a well maintained lawn. In the spring and summer, you must make sure that it has been trimmed and mown. Your home will look much more inviting if you have clipped all the plants! In the fall, make sure you have raked all the leaves up and gotten rid of them. That way, your yard will always look well cared for. In the winter, in some parts of the country, you will have to make sure that all the snow on walks and the driveway is gone.  Always use a deicer or salt to keep new ice from forming. Dont let your clients walk up a slippery driveway. If you have pets, dont leave any poop on the lawn or on the snow! This looks really bad.

Frame a Local Scene

Buy an inexpensive local calendar, frame the pictures and put them all over the house. Try to find pictures that show local themes and the nature that is outside the door. Its not good for a buyer to wish they were in Aruba when they are in snowy northern Michigan!

Showcase Designer Bags

I love to create designs using designer bags that are colorful in several different shapes and sizes. Stagger them on the shelves in a master bedroom closet, a linen closet or in another closet. This will create a fun, visual vibe and people will love how clever and unique it is. The best part is that its free. All you need to do is let the stores know that you are staging a sellers home and would like to advertise their bags. Most stores will love the free publicity. To give the bags body, I usually fill them with wadded up tissue. Ive used bags from Chico, Pier 1, Neiman Marcus, Coach, Nordstrom, Victorias Secret and Crate & Barrel in this way. Best of all, their storage is easy since they will lie flat.

Customize the Art

Try buying a couple of nice easels and put them in several different rooms. Then, put a piece of art that has been framed on the easel. Or, you could put a nice mirror on it. The idea is to find something that will complement the colors of the floors or the walls. Another idea is to create a large poster filled with photos and other interesting information about the house and place it on the easel. This wont cost much money but it will provide a nice focal point for the room.

Redo the Doghouse

Pay attention to the pet areas of the house. Buy new beds and bowls so that it is obvious that this area is kept neat and fresh. Pick only one spot for the litter boxes and the pet beds. A good place might be in the utility room, the garage or the laundry. It should be out of the way of your clients.

Have Sellers Write a Letter

Another great idea is to have your sellers tell your clients just how great it has been to live in the house. I often ask sellers to write a simple one-page letter to possible buyers that tells them some of the less obvious advantages to living in the house. For example, let them know about the Easter egg hunt that happens every year on the cul-de-sac. Tell them about that amazing sunrise that you enjoy every morning from the window in the breakfast nook and the school bus that stops just down the street. I use pretty paper to showcase these letters and place them near the front of the property profile book that I put on the kitchen counter.

Make It Memorable

There are two more things you can do when you stage a home. First, put a welcoming wreath on the front door. This will stay there and the new buyers will love its warmth when they move in. Second, put a sexy black nightgown behind the master bedroom door. The husband who is buying will never forget that house!

DE-CLUTTERING

1. Expanding the closet

An area that is often overlooked is the closet.  The majority of people will de-clutter and remove boxes from the closet, but in some instances forget to remove the hanging clothes.  It is highly recommended that you remove these clothes to prevent the imagery of the closet being 'over stuffed'.  An ideal closet will have a significant amount of space between hangers, which is usually two or more hangers worth of space as sufficient de-cluttering.

2. Before and after photographs

It is often seen that home owners will place all items that they don't use regularly in the garage or storage.  This neutralizes the home and will allow potential buyers to picture their furniture in the living space.  It also creates a sense of cleanliness and order within the house by having clear counter tops, sparsely decorated walls and a minimal amount of furniture.  Photographs of other staged homes will generally be provided to offer examples of ideal home staging with regards to floor space and area.

3. Creating a neutral pallet

When meeting with potential clients for the first time it is necessary to complete an initial walk-through of the home to make a detailed list of all furniture, clothing and miscellaneous items to be stored away.  Home staging requires floor space be defined and all personal touches be removed from view.  Potential buyers need to be presented with a neutral pallet that they can imagine their own items on and envision themselves living in. 

4. Removing personal photographs

It is vital that there are no personal photographs available anywhere in the home.  It is essential that they are packed away and stored safely for if these are on display the potential buyer may review the photograph instead of the home itself.  With personal photos around it is hard for potential buyers to visualize themselves living here.

5. Removing furniture items

One of the most important home staging tips is to remove and re-arrange furniture items to ensure that they do not hide any of the properties main features.  In order to promote the house's features you should relocate the furniture making the rooms look bigger or smaller.

THE EXTERIOR

1. Welcoming guests

It is important to welcome potential buyers using the front porch or step and its plants/flowers.  Bright statues of animals along with a doormat can offer a warm greeting to new guests.

2. Organizing a curb appeal checklist

One highly recommended item for home staging is that of a curb appeal checklist noting different curb appeal items.  These refer to the items required to 'get people in the door', for example trimming existing shrubs and repainting any peeling walls.

3. Offering enticing moments

Updating features within the house can contribute to a sale, such as painting any peeling areas or tightening loose doors.  This will intrigue potential buyers and increase the chance of a sale.

 

LIGHTING AND COLOR

 

1. Going neutral

 

Almost immediately after a potential buyer enters a property they need to be intrigued by the style and color of the room.  By utilizing a bold, neutral painted color or wood stain the individual will make the room stand out.  It is recommended that you use tans and khakis as these will not only emphasize the room but also warm the area.

 

2. Adding color

 

Presently, over half the homes being listed appear as rather vacant and sterile in photographs.  Unfortunately, this is a result of the request to neutralize the rooms with a plain color; therefore, it is recommended to add a splash of bright colors to the kitchens and bathrooms in order to 'spice up' your home staging.  One advised color is red that can take shape in a vase of red flowers on the kitchen table.  Bright towels in the bathroom and plants in the living areas are also options that can provide dazzling colors in the rooms and intrigue potential buyers.

 

3. Lighting the place up

 

Lighting is highly important when staging one's property.  By replacing light bulbs in your property with higher wattage light bulbs you can create the illusion of light and space.

 

THE KITCHEN

 

1. Teasing their sense of smell

 

It is highly recommended to entice all five of a potential buyer's senses, including their sense of smell; therefore, always have something baking or cooking when showing your home.  Pies, chocolate cookies and fresh bread are very effective options as a means of teasing a person's nose.  You should also place candles in a room that have scents of spiced apple or pumpkin.

 

2. Accessorizing

 

It is advised that you add some decorative items in the kitchen as a means of warming up the area and making it cozier for potential buyers.  Placing small cups of coffee and pretty napkins can enhance the 'homey' feel as a part of home staging.  Furthermore, you can find large glasses and pottery bowls from second-hand stores to fill them with customized treats which create a positive lasting impression on visiting guests.  Every item adds to your home staging impression and contributes to potential purchase of the property.

 

3. Going green

 

The 'Green' Movement is very popular in the 21st century and if your property has features that are in line with this lifestyle you should promote them.  For example, if the listening has bamboo flooring or double-paned windows emphasize the theme with holistic decorations and homemade staging accessories.  Green cleaning products are also recommended to be placed underneath the sink as positive property attributes.  People will notice these small touches.

Home Staging On A Budget Article Two of Five

by Randy Gridley


 

Use Fabrics

A great tip for staging is to create a fabric covering for an air mattress that has an old comforter on it. Put a large sheet over the comforter and then put a beautiful piece of fabric on the end or the middle of the bed. It will look like a high-end hotel room. You can also use fabric to cover TV stands to make them look like nightstands, pieces in the entryway or to decorate any table.

Add Luxurious, Affordable Touches

If youre doing a master bedroom that is boring, as is often the case, get the sellers to buy a gorgeous, luxury comforter set including throw pillow, matching valances and a bed skirt. Go all out! They could go to a place like Burlington Coat Factory which sells very rich-looking sets for about $100. This one trick can turn that bedroom into a suite in a luxury hotel.

Try a Dramatic Fabric Backdrop

Another great way to improve a bedroom that is dull is to use fabric, draperies or even sheer curtains on the wall in back of the bed. If you do this, its a good idea to take away the treatments from the windows so more light will come into the room. This backdrop for the bed serves as the headboard. It can make the ceilings appear to be higher and it will definitely add a feeling of luxury and style. It will cost very little, but the drama it will add is priceless.

BATHROOM

Add Bathroom Elegance

In the bathroom, buy beautiful hand towels and tie them with a sheer ribbon. Then put them in all the bathrooms on the towel holders. You will be amazed by how much better your bathrooms will look. Another great addition is candles in modern colors and lovely dried flowers. This will add that dash of spice youre looking for and will bring your rooms to life.

Put a Lid on It

Throughout the home, whether it is empty or not, make sure you have closed everything. Close the drains on the sinks and the tubs. Definitely put down all toilet covers. Make sure closet doors are closed. Then let the warmth of the sun come in. This will immediately improve all of your rooms and it is free!

Make the Old New Again

Sometimes you will be working with a dated home. Not too long ago, I was staging a large home that was completed in 1979. The master bathroom had a sunken cultured marble tub and swirly 1970s brown matching vanity tops. On top of that, the shower tile was speckled white and gold. To bring this room up-to-date would have cost a fortune, but I was able to transform it anyway. We painted the shower stall and tub with a nice epoxy paint in white and made the marble tops a pleasant white with tiny tan specks. It all cost about $800 and the improvement was striking.

Home Staging on a Budget Article One of Five

by Randy Gridley


LIVING ROOMS

Create a Focal Point

To create a focal point in your living room, the first step to take is to figure out which corner is the most visible and then add a large plant to that spot. Often, silk trees work very well. It is also nice to set up a spotlight from behind the plant so that the leaves will be backlit, producing a cool shadow on the wall. This will really help if the room is in need of more lighting and it will add to the feeling of space in the room. To create a relaxed feeling, you can add a big, colorful rug.

Set Up a Chat Room

When setting up the room, it is good to put the living room furniture into an arrangement that will be good for conversation as well as for entertainment. When a potential buyer sees the room, they should be able to easily picture themselves having a conversation where they does not have to turn around or move a chair to see the other person.


 

Get Rid of Carpet Dents

Make sure to remove furniture indentations in the carpet. A great way to pull up the indentation is to put a medium-sized ice cube over the dent. When it melts, the carpet that was pushed down will expand and the indentations will go away. Another way to get rid of it is to put a vacuum cleaner over the spot for a little while because this will cause the carpet to expand and that will remove the dent.

Accent Special Features

Make good use of the special features in the room by accenting them well. If you have a fireplace, it is a great idea to put a nice plant nearby. Or, if you would like to suggest that different areas of the home can be separated, a couple of tall palms might be placed to direct the buyer in the direction you would like them to go. This also will help make sure someone enters the home often to take care of it. Another tip is that you can make an empty space lively by using plants with many colorful flowers.

Invoke the Outdoors

I always like to bring some nature into each room. It is a great idea to create a nice flow through the whole home using fresh and dried flowers and cuttings throughout. Sometimes, a very simple idea is to use twigs to spell a word or maybe a small cutting that is tied with raffia on a pillow and then put on a bed. This will help draw the eye into the room without being overpowering. On occasion, I have used a cutting of a branch to create a “tree” in a corner of a room that was too empty. This will work no matter whether the theme of the home is modern or traditional. By using a bit of nature in each room, you will create a continuing theme throughout the house. One important hint: Always make sure you have checked the cuttings for bugs!

BEDROOMS

Bring Your Own Bed

A really easy way to put a bed into an empty bedroom is to arrange several moving boxes so it is shaped like a bed. Then, use special bedding to give it that dressed up look. You will be able to use the bedding to create whatever mood you would like to convey for the room. For example, you might want to give the master bedroom a romantic feel while creating a fun vibe in a kids bedroom! It is always good to help a potential buyer to be able to envision themselves in that space.

Another quick way to add a bed is to buy an air mattress that is inexpensive and has a folding frame that is off the floor. After you finish staging it, no one will be able to tell that it is not a real bed. And, of course, after the house sells, the new owner will only have to deflate the bed, fold it and pack it away.

Building Wealth By Purchasing One House at a Time

by Randy Gridley

 

Just looking at a house will not make you rich in any way. You need to buy the house first and then see if you are able to make money out of it. One very important thing to remember is that you have the potential to make thousands of dollars in profits every time you purchase a house that someone else would love to rent or own.

Real Estate is Your Best Investment -

With more than 49-years of experience in investments, I still prefer to buy houses rather than shopping complexes or apartments. Why? Houses are definitely going to make me more money.  A common misconception within the business circles are that commercial buildings and apartments contain less work and you gain more profit. This simply is not true. I have owned both of these properties. Tenants in commercial buildings and apartments would often come and go. The property would need refurbishing as soon as the tenant leaves it. As the owner, you will have to undertake trouble finding new tenants to occupy these buildings. Apartments and commercial buildings require lots of on-going work. If a dispute should arise once you have rented out a commercial building, it will definitely cost a lot of money including lawyer's fees and other dues. Tenants of these commercial buildings have accountants and lawyers, and they can afford to drag such disputes out for a long time. Also, if you rent your building to a tenant with a "big name", you will definitely get a lower rental because they have a name and you want to entice them to rent out your building.

If by chance, your tenant should file for bankruptcy, you will have a client who doesn't pay the rent on-time or one who renegotiates for a much lower rate. If the tenant doesn't pay the rent, you can definitely hire a lawyer and sue him or her, but if they are bankrupt, you will not get paid anyway.

You will have to attract good tenants that will look-after your building and pay the rent on time. You will have to purchase a property that you can rent to someone who is not a good negotiator, and someone who would need you more than you need him or her. As a side benefit of purchasing and managing houses, you can help other people sell their houses too. A licensed Realtor in Idaho, which is where I reside, can definitely earn some extra cash by doing this. This may differ according to the state where you reside, and you can check with your own state authorities about the laws and regulations regarding selling other people's houses. First, you can rent houses to people who need a place to live. And when you decide to sell, you can help these people buy their first home. You will be able to solve a big problem of a person by purchasing a house that an owner can't afford and a house that is ruining that person's credit. You can sell that house for a profit and help a family to own their first house of their life. These are just some of the rewarding and profitable experiences in buying and selling homes.

The Issue With Most Investment Property -

Usually, the buyers of investment properties are other investors. Like you, they also want to purchase for less than the property is worth and with a low down payment. Unfortunately, most banks will lend only 60-70% of the total selling amount.  For this reason, the buyer will not have enough for the down payment, and the deal could very well fall apart. If not, the seller must agree to finance part of the price. Investment property can experience large increases and decreases in value as the economy changes. An empty office building or commercial building can sell for a small fraction of what it costs to build it. A well-located house will appreciate at a greater rate than an average property. It may not suffer dramatic drops in value that are common to commercial properties during business recessions.

Homes are Different -

The value of commercial buildings and apartments will depend on the amount of income it produces. If you lease an apartment for below the market rate, it will be worth less money in no time. But a vacant home will have the same value as an occupied home.

Investing in houses is safer for several reasons. First, there is less money involved since you can buy a house with a small down payment. The less risk you will have because of this. Lenders will finance more for a house than any other real estate. Next, there are more buyers for houses than there are for bigger properties. You can sell a house in a hurry, if offered at a competitive price. Third, the house could be rented faster and with fewer vacancies. Apartment vacancies often would run 10-20% while house vacancies rarely exceed 5%. Commercial properties can sit empty for months and years at a time between tenants.

Dealing with an Anxious Seller -

When you buy a house, you are mostly dealing with a homeowner who is in a hurry to sell. If the homeowner is in a hurry to sell, you can get the house for a lower rate than usual. This is a great bargain on your part. The lesson is to never sell in a hurry even if you decide to buy a house that is sold on a hurry by someone else. Your negotiation experience will count a lot when buying and selling houses. You should be able to negotiate better than the other person when buying or selling houses. 

Pros and Cons of Enlisting a Property Management Company

by Randy Gridley

It can be a wise decision to enlist a property management firm to tend to your property if you're a property owner. Generally there is already a good leasing system set in place on managing properties. They also tend to have a good relationship with vendors such as eviction attorney's and maintenance teams who are required to run a good management set up in the event such services become necessary. Typically, property management companies can handle all of the calls that tenants will make, even if they're early in the morning or late at night.

There are however, some drawbacks to hiring a property management company. These companies can charge up to ten percent of the gross annual rental fees, and that can account for a very large percentage of your cash flow. Not every management company is the same and some of them don't have good leasing policies or systems in place. You'll need to do your research. 

Another concern is that of the property management company hiring employees for such things as repairs. Some of the contractors may charge referral fees when they are given jobs.

The owner will have to pay for any work that is required to be done on the property and these fees can become very outrageous if they're not carefully monitored. Thus, if the team that does the work isn't good, you may have to pay more for extra time, extra parts, and sadly, having the repairs fixed if they weren't done right in the first place. Since having the work done makes the property more marketable, most property management companies tend to over do it on this aspect and it can wind up charging the owner a lot of money that the owner hadn't planned on having to pay. 

Most companies are really good about watching these fees, but some aren't so it will behoove the owner to do their follow up and make sure that the work is getting done. The owner could also tell the property management company which company they wish to use and to only use that company exclusively. The property management company often has an incentive to use a specific company but both parties should agree upon what is being done and who is doing it. Otherwise, the property management company may be fired. Since some tenants will trash the property, and property management companies know this, there is often some incentive to put such tenants into a rental in order to reap the benefits of using a company of their choice. 

Property owners usually ask property managers if tenants are good or bad. It's sort of like asking a barber if you required a haircut. Of course they're going to say yes. A good tenant to a property owner may not be a good tenant to a property manager.

When you figure in the cost of the lease fee in order to get a new lease ready, it can behoove the property management company to renew a lease. Some property management companies use a newer system and the land lord is charged for the new lease on new tenants in order to help reduce fees. Sadly, property owners and property management companies are often at odds with one another when it comes to money terms.

This leads to the questions, should one even consider hiring a property management firm in order to manage ones property at all? This shall be continued......

How You Can Invest In Real Estate by Buying and Holding

by Randy Gridley

Buying and holding can be a very effective means of generating income through an investment. A buy and hold investment is a real estate term that refers to the practice of purchasing a property and then holding that property while renting it out. This has many advantages over other real estate investing methods like flipping, in which a lot of money is lost to taxes and other costs. Holding real estate has three profit potentials:

1. As long as holding the property doesn't cost you more than monthly rent payment from the tenant, you earn money each month.

2. If your mortgage includes a principle component, which would mean that the tenant is paying off the mortgage on the property for you and helping you to build equity. 

3. Real estate can become more valuable over time, which means that even as you earn money in the short term through rent payments, you also earn money in the long term through increased property value.

The first thing to do if you want to use the buy and hold investment strategy is to find a good deal on some property. You'll want to look for property you can buy below its market value to start out with a net gain in equity. However, the bulk of your profit from buying and holding is going to be from rent paid by tenants. If you try to plan on making your money from increasing market value of the property, you stand to lose money if the market shifts in a way you didn't anticipate. Rent from a tenant is a solid, reliable source of income that won't be affected nearly as much by a sudden shift in property value. 

Property management may sound like an unpleasant job, but it can actually be one of the most rewarding and lucrative careers in the country. Being a land lord pays you huge dividends on your time with low risk and very little work for the way. It can be a challenge to manage property properly if you don't have a system in place, but as long as you plan it out, have realistic expectations for costs and expenses, and manage the property well, you stand to earn a lot of money.

Read on for the next topic: the pros and cons of hiring a professional property management firm.

Final Steps of the Weekend Bathroom Remodel

by Randy Gridley


Finishing The Final Touches To Your Project

Your project is almost complete after all of your hard work. It is now time to repaint your bathroom walls. Once you have painted the walls and they have dried, you will want to replace all moldings with new flat trim. This trim should match the color of your new cabinet. Then, research how to drill holes into glass tiles. This step is necessary for the mirror mounting clips. Mirror mounts usually contain both spring loaded and fixed clips. The spring loaded clips are for the top while the fixed clips are for the bottom. Measure the mirror and mark clip locations using a permanent marker. The upper clips must be mounted 3/4 inches below the mark in order to allow for proper functioning of the spring loaded clips. You will need a 1/4 inch glass drill bit to drill your holes. This can be found at any local hardware store. It is essential that you drill very slowly to help prevent overheating. Spray the drill bit and glass tile with water to help ensure the tile does not crack. Next, place an anchor into the drilled holes to help hold the weight of the mirror. Place the top edge of the mirror into the spring loaded clips and gently lift up. Then, gently lower the mirror into the bottom clips. 

The next task is mounting your light fixtures. Make absolutely certain that the power is off at the breaker box. This important step will prevent electrocution. Once you have ensured the power is off, strip the light fixture wires back about 1/2 inch. Refer to the instructions to ensure you remove the correct amount for your wire connectors. Electrical junction boxes may be recessed in noncombustible materials, such as tile, up to 1/4 of an inch; however, because the tile is more than 1/4 inch thick,an extension box should be added. This will allow the fixture to be mounted flush. Now it is time to wire in the light. Begin by wrapping the ground wire around the grounding screw in the electrical box and tighten. Connect the remaining ground wire to the fixture and secure with a wire connector. Finish by connecting the white wire from the electrical box and the light fixture together and the two remaining hot wires together. 

Tools You Will Need for the Project 

Before beginning any DIY project, it is essential to gather all materials and tools you will need to complete the project. This will prevent frustration and save you time. 


Cordless drill and 1/4 inch glass drill bit 

Caulk gun and caulk 

Miter saw 

4-in-1 screwdriver 

4-foot long Level 

Adjustable wrench 

Bucket

Framing square 

Hacksaw 

Grout float 

Notched trowel

Drywall saw 

Pry bar

Plumbers tape 

Safety glasses 

Voltage tester 

Slip joint pliers 

Utility knife 

Wire stripper/cutter 

Taping knife 


Materials List 

Review the following list to ensure you have te necessary materials to finish the job. 

Vanity and Vanity top

Sink and Faucet

Tiles

Wall sconces 

Mirror 

Junction boxes 

Remodeling electrical box 

14/2 electrical wire

Wire nuts and Wire staples 

Thin set mortar or tile adhesive

3" cabinet screws 

Plastic anchors 

Mirror clips 

Water Supply lines 

Electric box extension

1 1/4" PVC trap kit

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