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Your home is probably your single greatest asset. Home improvements can add to the look and comfort of your home, as well as increase the value.

Before beginning a home improvement, write out the task at hand and what you hope to accomplish. Estimate the cost and time for your project, and then evaluate. Is it more than you are willing to do yourself? If so, consider shopping around for a professional to tackle the job.  When embarking on home improvements, it is important to consider the size and scope of the project. Do-it-yourself home improvements can quickly escalate, consuming more time and money than originally expected.

For the novice handyman (or handywoman), minor landscaping and interior painting are great ways to spruce up the look of your home, improve its marketability, and its value. Often these projects can be completed in a weekend or two. Supplies for these projects are affordable and readily available at any home improvement store.

If you have a knack for carpentry, there are several great projects for the do-it-yourselfer. Installing shelves and storage cabinets create space to organize your home and its contents, thereby reducing clutter and giving your home a fresh, clean look. Ready for a backyard barbeque? Increase the value and usage of your backyard by putting in a privacy fence and/or a deck for those summer cookouts.

While minor landscaping, interior paint jobs and simple carpentry projects are great for weekend enthusiasts, there are several projects that should be set aside for professionals.

Major renovations to a kitchen or bathroom typically involve demolition and/or reconstruction. Plumbing and electrical work may also be involved, and this type of work is not recommended for the average do-it-yourselfer. Major landscaping and exterior work should also be saved for a professional. These types of projects would include replacing a driveway, installing a concrete patio, or painting the exterior of the house. Often these projects involve tools and machinery that require special handling and can be dangerous if not used by a professional with special skills.

Taking the time and energy to improve the interior and exterior of your home is a great way to protect your biggest investment. While many homeowners find it easy and enjoyable to handle minor home improvements, remember that some projects require the skilled hands of a professional. Invest in projects that you know you can complete efficiently and completely and leave complicated renovations to the professionals.

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