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Home improvement projects to avoid

Feb 8 2012 6:23PM

Many home improvement projects can increase a home's value and functionality while others may only jumpstart a slew of needed replacements. HGTV has come up with a list of expensive improvement mistakes that homeowners with real estate in Marina Del Rey and other parts of Southern California should avoid.

According to the source, homeowners should not overlook safety precautions while completing projects as actions such as overloading outlets can lead to a more costly repair. The network suggests turning off breakers while working with the home's electrical systems and wearing safety goggles when needed.

While painting can be a relatively inexpensive do-it-yourself project, HGTV advises not skipping a coat of primer before painting, as it will not only seal the surface but provide durability for years ahead. The source says primer may not always be necessary but should be applied when making a dramatic change in color.

Even if a project seems easy, the network indicates the importance of homeowners hiring a professional when one is needed. When looking for a service such as a licensed electrician or plumber, HGTV says to make sure they are qualified for the job that is needed.

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