Planning Home Improvement Projects for 2008

Your workshop is ready to roll and you’ve got a couple more months before you can start working outside. Use this time to plan your spring and summer home improvement projects. Tom Kraeutler of the AOL’s Money Pit radio show has culled the most popular projects his listeners are planning that include:
Flooring: Installing laminate or ceramic or vinyl tile is a doable DIY job, as is refinishing a hardwood floor. For more complicated hardwood, carpet or vinyl installations, go with a pro.
Plumbing: Take minor fixture replacements into your own hands, but work with a plumber for room reconfigurations and installation of larger fixtures.

HVAC: This is definitely the province of the pros, but it’s up to you to understand your current system and research options for improvements and additions before a consultation.
Walls and ceilings: Most DIYers have the skill to apply new wallcoverings, patch cracks, and clean surfaces. Going deeper than the surface, however, leads to structural, electrical and sometimes plumbing elements that are unwise to tackle without experience.
Windows and siding: You may be able to see your way clear to a window installation or two, but bigger changes to your home’s building envelope bring extra complications. Research options that will work for your home’s style and construction, as well as contribute to energy savings.

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