Angie's List Report: Avoiding DIY Diasasters

Reported by: Amy Katcher
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Updated: 3/05 11:38 pm
(WDEF) Some homeowners love to tackle DIY projects.
        Sarah Saucedo is one of them.  She said, "I love DIY. I love projects. I thought this one would be really simple. I've painted doors before. I use spray paint all the time and this was going to be really simple, maybe an hour long project if that and it turned into a huge mess."
        But even the best of us can suffer DIY disasters.
        Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "All of us will attempt DIY projects at some point in our life. Let's face it, it's fun, it's your house, you enjoy doing things to make it a better place, but you need to know whether you are getting yourself in over your head. If it's a project you've never tackled you might consider consulting with a professional. People don't realize that the pros may offer some advice. They may charge you for an hour of consultation which might save you a lot of headaches."
        Sometimes you just have to call in the experts.
        Homeowner Jonathan Metzger explained, "When you get into a project like that it seems a bit daunting to begin with, but then you start the demo and you take the walls down and you take out a cast iron tub and see all the inner workings and that's where you start to see the complexity."
        Hicks added, "I think the reason DIY is still so popular is because there is so much media attention. There's television shows, magazines, websites - all show how projects can be done but sometimes consumers get themselves in over their head."
        When it comes to DIY repairs, Angie's List says don't settle for temporary fixes.  Skipping steps or forcing things together may provide temporary solutions to short-term problems, but they often don't last.

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