How to Know When DIY Won’t Cut It for Your Home Improvement Projects

We all know it’s tempting to save money when it comes to home improvement. And there is certainly a great sense of pride that comes with tackling a project on your own. (With the exception of plumbing and electricity — seriously, kids, don’t try either of those at home.)

While it’s true that certain home renovation projects are billed as DIY-friendly, it doesn’t mean you are DIY-friendly. There are many “simple” projects that have turned out to be anything but. And before you know it, the money you thought you were saving gets spent on calling in a professional to fix your mistakes.

Do you have what it takes to DIY?

Before you dive into any home improvement project as a property investor, you should at least consider these three factors:

  • Tools: Ask any contractor: You need the right tool for the job. But you don’t
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Those Home-Improvement DIY Projects? 5 Ways to Finally Tackle Them in 2021

MY FATHER was known for his daily lists. Every year on Dec. 26, he itemized the dozen tasks that would let him immediately eradicate any trace of Christmas. Not that he was a bah-humbug kind of guy, but he did not dally when there was work to do. By nightfall, the tree was at the curb, my mother’s mechanical Santas were in the attic and the breakable ornaments were safely packed away in what he called their “babble wrap” (he also was known for malapropisms).

My father attributed the fact that our house was always in perfect repair to his lists. As he said, “They keep me in line, Scrutt Butt.” (This was a nickname, probably a malapropism, he used interchangeably for me, my three brothers or any other dawdler he was fond of).

My kitchen cabinets need to be repainted, but I can’t imagine how I can schedule

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Tim Allen admits it was ‘peculiar’ to play ‘Home Improvement’ role on ‘Last Man Standing’

Tim Allen couldn’t believe he got the chance to reprise an old role.

The 67-year-old actor told Entertainment Tonight it was “peculiar” to reprise his old “Home Improvement” role of Tim Taylor on an upcoming episode of his current sitcom “Last Man Standing,” where he plays Mike Baxter. 

Allen admitted it was “weird, creepy… [and] unusual” but he was happy he got the chance. 

“It was very peculiar to do both parts, I’ll tell you that. It was challenging for me to do both parts and kind of emotional,” he added. 


Allen said his emotions largely came from missing his former “Home Improvement” co-star Earl Hindman, who died in 2003. The two co-starred on ABC comedy series from 1991 to 1999 with Hindman playing Allen’s neighbor, Wilson.

“I adored the man and we

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Tim Allen Reveals He Got Emotional Reprising His ‘Home Improvement’ Role on ‘Last Man Standing’ (Exclusive)

Tim Allen‘s return to a past character was not what he expected. ET’s Lauren Zima spoke with Allen and his Last Man Standing co-star, Nancy Travis, ahead of the ninth and final season premiere of their Fox sitcom.

During the chat, Allen opened up about playing both his current role and a past roleHome Improvement‘s Tim Taylor — on an upcoming episode of Last Man Standing, an experience the 67-year-old actor called “weird, creepy… [and] unusual.”

“It was very peculiar to do both parts, I’ll tell you that. It was challenging for me to do both parts and kind of emotional,” Allen admitted, revealing that his emotions came, in large part, because of Earl Hindman’s 2003 death. Allen and Hindman co-starred on Home Improvement from 1991 to 1999, with the later actor playing Wilson, Allen’s onscreen neighbor.

“I adored the man and we kind of

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Home Depot and Lowe’s are Having Huge Years: Can the Growth Continue?

2020 has been a hugely successful year for home improvement retail giants Home Depot (NYSE:HD) and Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW). Both have seen revenue and net income grow by double digits as millions of homeowners have found themselves spending substantially more time in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. But will the strong results continue? It’s less clear in the near term, especially with coronavirus vaccines now starting to be distributed. The same people who spent big on home improvement in 2020 might be more likely to spend their disposable income on travel and leisure in the future. 

On the Nov. 6 edition of “The Wrap” on Motley Fool Live, host Jason Hall makes the case that strong home sales often indicate good business prospects for home improvement. See his discussion with Motley Fool and Millionacres contributor Tyler Crowe editor Millionacres editor Deidre Woollard below. 



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‘Home Improvement’ Fans Are Freaking Out About the New Trailer for ‘Last Man Standing’

From House Beautiful

Whether you’re a fan of Last Man Standing or Home Improvement, you’ll be a fan of the latest news surrounding Last Man Standing’s ninth season.

On Friday December 4, Fox released a 30-second preview of the beloved show’s final season. To make the absolute most of it, Tim Allen isn’t only playing Mike Baxter in the show—he’s bringing back his Home Improvement role, too. “The Baxters see double when Vanessa hires a home improvement repairman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Mike, who is struggling with an idea for his Outdoor Man 10th Anniversary vlog,” the logline teases.

And, if you watch closely, you’ll even notice Tim stroking his pandemic beard, quipping that he could play Santa Clause, nodding toward another of his past iconic roles.

Naturally, as soon as news of this hit the web, fans of both shows (and Tim Allen in general)

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