• 3 DIY Projects to Try and 3 Times to Call for a Pro's Help

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    ShutterstockInterior painting is a project even an enthusiastic novice can handle, though careful prep will yield the best results.

    By Abby Hayes

    Nearly one-third of Americans are planning a home renovation this year, according to a Liberty Mutual Insurance survey of 2,000 adults. Of those, 7 in 10 plan to do at least some of the work themselves. DIYing it can be a great way to save money, but you have to be careful with the projects you choose to tackle on your own.

    Projects that look enticing and easy on Pinterest can easily go awry if you’re an inexperienced DIYer. Even experienced DIYers can have trouble handling some of the more difficult home improvement projects.

    So which projects should you tackle to increase your home’s value, and which ones should you hire out to a professional? Master carpenter Chip Wade of “Ellen’s Design Challenge” and HGTV’s “Elbow Room” weighs in.

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    Let’s start with the hopeful side of this equation. You …read more