New Year’s Resolution: Take Back Your Bad DIY Renovation

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Home improvement shows on TV, project ideas on Pinterest and the desire to save money all drive people to attempt DIY projects in their own home. It is hard to avoid all of the inspiration around us nowadays that encourages us to give something a try for ourselves instead of calling a professional. Many times this will work out for you in the end. It depends on what you are trying to tackle, the experience you have and the amount of patience you have. If you are one of the people that have tried and failed, it may not surprise you that a recent survey by Zillow found that 40% of people that complete a DIY home improvement project regret it. These people should have stuck to a more simple DIY project like a door wreath or closet organizer. If you fall into the DIY home improvement regret category, not all hope is lost. There are things you can do to make it better. As long as you are sure that the work you did is safe, you can move on to trying it again, making the work look prettier or if all else fails, calling a professional in to help. Don’t forget to also learn your lesson. Read below for more detail on how to correct a bad DIY situation. We can’t all be do it yourself stars.

Nearly 40 percent of homeowners who completed a DIY home improvement project in the last three years ended up regretting it, according to a 2015 survey of 2,016 adults by Zillow Digs, Zillow’s home design site. Kerrie Kelly, Zillow Digs home design expert, says many people underestimate the process behind projects that appear simple.

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