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Angie's List: Home Improvement Project Advice

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Planning a home improvement project this year?

If so, you're not alone.

The remodeling industry has shown solid growth for the past two years and there's no sign it's letting up.

Experts say some 43 million homeowners a year attempt a do-it-yourself project and an estimated one in five suffers an injury.

In this Angie's List report we show you how to avoid a D-I-Y gone B-A-D.

Homeowner Sarah Saucedo fell in love with the look of black painted interior doors after seeing pictures online.

"I love DIY. I love projects," she said. "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."

Saucedo removed the grid on the door and took it to the garage for priming but when she returned she found her glass atrium door shattered in a million pieces on her back patio.

"All of us will attempt DIY projects at some point in our life," said Angie Hicks, Angie's List Creator. "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."

Homeowner Jonathan Metzger called in a pro for help with his bathroom remodel when he realized the project was more than he could handle.

"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," he said.

"I think the reason DIY is still so popular is because there is so much media attention," said Angie Hicks. "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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