Angie's list Home improvement mistakes to avoid

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POSTED: Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 11:28am

UPDATED: Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 9:18pm

This time of year, homeowners are eager to spring into action and get started on home improvement projects.

The key is tackling projects which will increase your home's value.

In todays report,  home improvement blunders to avoid.

Shortly after moving in to her new home, Heidi Birkey discovered a plumbing problem that cost her more than $500 to fix.

"The plumbing under the sink is really old and it was all metal plumbing so when he took it apart, it fell apart in his hands. He snaked it and even changed the vent boot up on the rood and still we couldn't get any clog to come out. I had the plumbers to come out three different times and finally they had to replace the plumbing in the kitchen. That was a big expense, i wasn't expecting."

There are countless home improvement projects you can invest in, but angie's list says don't go into project planning overdrive.

You need to be selective because every project won't add value to your home.

Real estate agent Nancy Burk says when you do choose a project, it's important to follow through.

Angie's list says if you want to add vaule to your home there are 3 common mistakes you should avoid.

"Be sure that you balance your needs and your wants. Myabe you want a new deck, but you need a furnace and only have money for one. Be sure you invest in those needs first because it will be a better return on your money."

You also want to avoid over investing in your home.

Another big mistake homeowners make?

Not taking enough time to do your research.

A project installed poorly won't add value to your home, Hire a reputable contractor.

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