Which DIY Home Improvement Projects Do Homeowners Regret?

As the owner of a home, you’ll regularly find yourself deciding between hiring a professional or attempting a project on your own. Although choosing to DIY offers the potential of significant cost savings and a sense of personal accomplishment, it can just as easily yield poor results and huge time commitments. Many a homeowner has confidently started a home improvement project only to realize that they are in over their head, a situation which can result in damage to their wallet, home, and even safety. Of course, not all projects are created equal; the potential for disaster associated with painting a wall is significantly less than it is with installing a fireplace. This leads us to wonder, which DIY home improvement projects most often result in regret?

To answer this question, home improvement website ImproveNet conducted a survey of 2,000 homeowners who had attempted DIY projects and asked them about which projects gave them the most trouble. Respondents chose from a list of 32 different DIY improvement projects and had attempted an average of about 8 of them over their lifetime. Nearly two-thirds of the group expressed that they regretted at least one of their projects and one-third eventually needed to bring in a professional to redo the work.

What Issues Aren't Covered by a Home Inspection?

Some buyers, particularly those who are searching for their first home, think of the home inspection as a kind of seal of approval to buy the house. Often, these buyers mistakenly believe that the inspection is an all-encompassing examination of every possible issue, an unrealistic expectation that can leave them primed for an unpleasant surprise in their future. It's important to keep in mind that home inspectors are only human and therefore can't possibly know everything about a house; plus, they are bound by a set of professional rules and standards regarding their findings. Because of this, in some ways it is just as important to understand what isn't covered in the home inspection report as what is. Keep reading to learn about a few of the issues that might not be covered in the home inspection.

Support Your Library at the Brew Ha Ha Fundraiser!

What could be better than supporting your library while simultaneously enjoying amazing beer from local craft brewers? At the upcoming Brew Ha Ha fundraiser, you can do just that! Each year, the Friends of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and the Mahoning Valley Flight Crew team up to host this incredible event. Come see eight local breweries compete for the title of Best Library Beers from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, March 2!