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Springtime Home Improvement: DIY or Move (with Videos)

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Springtime Home Improvement: DIY or Move (with Videos)

Spring may have come in like a lamb, but it often leaves behind a lion’s worth of home repair projects in its wake. Is your household budget stretched so thin that it is hard to save for basic home repairs and springtime home improvement projects? If so, what do you do?

DIY or Move?

Some might consider moving. But with the uncertainty of the economy, more and more folks are postponing moving plans and opting to stay put. Most people also feel safer in the environment they are already in. Staying and figuring out how to do home repairs and improvements seems to be the answer for many.

Remodel Or Move says in its remodeling forecast that 67 percent of homeowners who are considering home improvement projects plan to do some of the work themselves. That DIY majority seems to be rising.

I’ve written a lot about DIY, and I am so smitten by the DIY bug that I can’t put the idea down just yet. Last week, much to my delight, most of you embraced the idea of going from “passive consumers to creators.” Approaching this mindset makes DIY a huge part of the home improvement equation, and often the first line of defense.

Adopting the DIY ethos can save thousands of dollars. A problem-solving approach includes having the right tools, and most importantly, informational sources that make it so that you do not have to figure everything out by yourself. There are countless sources for step-by-step advice, from how-to guides, to in-store workshops, to the zillions of DIY sites on the web (check Care2 blogs for DIY ideas), and let’s not forget YouTube….

What are the top 3 DIY eco-friendly projects for the home that will enhance your health, save money and protect the environment?

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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9:55PM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

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3:06AM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

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9:20AM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

Spot-on suggestions. I would always prefer to improve my current residence, then to experience the huge hassle of moving, etc. There are some pretty easy home improvement ideas. My suggestions are to start from the kitchen. Improve your kitchen - here are some simple tricks: http://gomestic.com/home/easy-kitchen-improvements/.

4:07PM PDT on May 9, 2010

All of these helpful tips are definitely noted! For some of my own, check out

http://blog.greensherpa.com/index.php/tips-and-tricks/green-your-home/

12:20AM PDT on Apr 6, 2010

thanks

7:54AM PDT on Apr 5, 2010

Noted

8:00AM PDT on Apr 2, 2010

thanks for the post!

8:00AM PDT on Apr 2, 2010

thanks for the post!

9:45PM PDT on Apr 1, 2010

Thanks!

3:49AM PDT on Apr 1, 2010

thanks for the videos

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