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Are you considering tackling a do-it-yourself project, but you’re not sure you’re up to the task? It’s not uncommon for people to have a few fears about whether they’ll make a mess of their home or not be able to complete the job. So here are some things to consider when making that decision.

Begin by asking yourself a few questions first. “Can I do the work safely?” An accident or injury is not worth it. “Do I have the time?” Homeowners are famous for underestimating how long a project will take, so plan conservatively. “Do I have the skills necessary to do the work?” Be honest about your limitations, and don’t be afraid to try something new in small doses. Then put the information together, weigh all the benefits and the risks, and make the right decision.