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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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Pandemic projects

If you’re going to be at home so much, home might as well be nicer.

And if you can’t go to the gym, it might be time to bring the gym to you.

Home improvement projects and renovations have skyrocketed over the past few months, according to all available data. In August, Houzz, an online home remodeling platform, reported a 58% annual increase in project leads for home professionals. Most of those leads had to do with outdoor spaces, such as pools and spa professionals. In fact, one swimming pool supply distributor reported an all-time high sales day this summer and said that its overall sales have been 54% higher than they were last year.

In Michigan alone, there was a 334% increase in swimming pool design and installation project inquiries, as well as a 178% increase in deck, patio, and porch inquiries, according to the Detroit News.

“The

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23 Genius Home Improvement Projects You Can Do in an Hour (or Less!)

Remodeling your home doesn’t just cost a pretty penny—major home improvement projects can take months to complete, often throwing your home into disarray in the process. However, you don’t have to spend an inordinate amount of time amidst chaos and clutter to achieve the magazine-worthy home you want.

With the help of top contractors, flippers, and interior designers, we’ve rounded up the best home upgrades you can tackle in under an hour. And for more ways to make over your space, check out these 50 Affordable Interior Design Tips for a Gorgeous Home.

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Add a peel-and-stick backsplash.

modern kitchen with dark cabinetry, white stone counters, and gray chevron backsplash
modern kitchen with dark cabinetry, white stone counters, and gray chevron backsplash

If you’ve always dreamed of an elegant kitchen, but don’t have the money or time for a major renovation, installing a peel-and-stick backsplash is the project for you.

“Peel-and-stick backsplash tiles are affordable and come in sheets with a

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7 Best Ways to Finance Home Improvement Projects

Home improvement projects have a way of increasing in priority when you’re always in the house.

The leaky kitchen faucet never really bothered you until you had to turn your kitchen table into a desk, forcing you to listen to the dribble. All. Day. Long.

Or maybe you discovered your cozy home isn’t quite big enough to also house an office, gym and school, so you need to rethink your space.

Whatever the reason and whatever the size of the project, you need to make a change — but how are you going to pay for it?

Considering the eye-popping price tag — the average cost for just a garage door replacement is $3,695 and a minor kitchen remodel surpasses $23,000 — you might not know where to start for financing your home improvement projects.

But whether the price tag is a few hundred dollars or into the triple digits,

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13 Best Home Improvement Projects To Tackle This Fall

A recent survey by LightStream found that despite the coronavirus pandemic, 73% of homeowners are planning to renovate this year. And these homeowners are planning to spend big money, too — the survey found homeowners plan to spend an average of $11,851 on these renovations. These numbers might sound shocking in light of the financial hardships many Americans are facing due to the pandemic, but it seems the health crisis actually might be the reason so many are so motivated to renovate.

“As a result of COVID-19 shutdowns that closed offices, businesses, schools and more, self-isolation has forced Americans to take a much closer look at their homes,” Todd Nelson, senior vice president of strategic partnerships at LightStream, said in a news release. “Many have clearly decided that renovation remains the right move.”

If you’re one of the many homeowners who’s eager to update your home this fall, these are

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