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(ARA) - Eventually, that household project that you have been putting off cannot be avoided any longer. But if you're like most homeowners, you will quickly give up on the DIY route and settle for something less daunting, like calling in a professional.
Before you sell yourself short, consider following some of these simple DIY do's and don'ts to make tackling your home improvement project a little more manageable and affordable.
* Do recognize your limits - It's OK if you can't handle the entire kitchen remodel on your own. Identify what components you can tackle solo before getting quotes for the project. Handling things like paint jobs and new cabinet hardware can help bring down overall costs. More often than not, the right tools also make a big difference. Also, it's OK to ask a friend or family member for help - two hands are better than one. Just be sure to return the favor when the time comes.
* Don't underestimate the power of glue. From installing tile backsplashes and in-wall cabinets to sealing gutters and downspouts, high-performance adhesives are a must-have for every home. So forget about tossing that broken lamp to the curb or replacing that loose drawer handle. A little glue goes a long way.
* Do develop a mental picture - Before rushing into home projects, take the time to really envision what you want out of the renovation or update. Is the goal to make your kitchen more modern? Are you looking to maximize space in the bathroom? Pictures can help bring these goals to life. Stock up on magazines and pull out any photos that capture the essence of your project.
* Don't rush - We are all familiar with old adage "haste makes waste." Haste also can be costly. Do your homework before tackling home updates. Decide where to begin and carefully plan each step of the process. This includes taking accurate measurements, using effective tools and comparing prices on building materials.
Keep in mind that you won't do yourself any favors by shrugging off advice or not planning in advance. Remodeling industry professionals report that between 25 and 30 percent of their work comes from fixing DIY debacles. While there are sure to be a few hiccups along the way, you will discover a new sense of pride and empowerment once your project is completed.