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Feeling handy? You may be tempted to tackle home repairs or upgrades yourself. This do-it-yourself (DIY) attitude can serve you well — but some projects require a professional touch. How do you know when professional help is needed? Consider these DIY rules:
- Keep it safe — Does your project involve electricity, climbing to precarious heights, lead paint or asbestos? Professionals are best for these dangerous jobs because they have the right equipment and experience.
- Save money — The number one reason to tackle a DIY project is to save money. Be sure to do the math before you jump into a project, considering any equipment you’ll need to purchase and any time off of work you may need to take.
- Make it nice — Before you decide to DIY, be honest with yourself about your abilities. You may enjoy the challenges of installing a new backsplash, but if it doesn’t look professional, all your time, effort and materials will be wasted.
Does your project follow these three rules? Then give DIY a try! Some common DIY projects include installing hardware, painting, minor landscaping and installing shelves.
Thinking about selling? Contact me for more tips and information about getting your home ready to sell.