Avoid problems on your do-it-yourself projects

PHOENIX - Do-it-yourself projects can be a great way to save money, but many homeowners may be putting themselves at risk of injury.

We often tackle do-it-yourself projects around the house to save money.

But the staff at Angie’s List warns that there are dangers when doing your own home improvements.

More than 160,000 people end up in the ER each year because of do-it-yourself accidents. Some of the most common injuries involve homeowners falling off of ladders.

There are also financial concerns. If you do something wrong, it could end up costing you more to have someone come out and fix it.

Before you start a project, be realistic of your skills. Just because you want to take on a project, doesn’t mean you should.

Homeowners should especially avoid doing plumbing and electrical projects themselves. Hire a professional instead.

Also, ask yourself if you have enough time. Many projects may end up taking more than just a weekend.

Check to see if you have the right tools for the job. If you have to go buy a power saw but don’t plan on using it again, you should probably hire someone instead.

Start with smaller projects. Then you can build up your skills so you’re ready to tackle the larger ones.

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