The value of DIY home improvement projects
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(BPT) - Each day across the United States homeowners are taking on do-it-yourself home improvement projects. Whether you're a first-time or long-time homeowner, DIY enhancements can have positive results - emotionally, esthetically and financially. By tackling DIY projects, you'll feel a sense of pride and accomplishment from improving or customizing your home.

The experts at True Value know DIY projects are more popular than ever - particularly those that help preserve family heirlooms, tailor your home to your tastes or help you save time and money.

Here some expert tips from the True Value DIY Squad on a few of these projects:

Family traditions

It's easy to recognize the value of DIY when you take on a project that holds special meaning to you and your family. Take a look at old furniture or a family heirloom to see how you can breathe some new life into it. By doing this, you add history to your home, create something unique you can't purchase at a store and bring to life an item that can be passed along for future generations.

'It's the emotional connections that make heirlooms so valuable,' says Susan Herin, blogger for Between Naps on the Porch and a member of the DIY Squad. 'Sometimes all it takes is some sanding, a fresh coat of paint and a bit of your time to refresh a family antique.'

Make it your own

Another benefit to DIY projects is that you have the freedom to personalize your space, making it a reflection of your personal taste. Think big picture, because oftentimes simple weekend projects can have a big impact.

For instance, the DIY Squad recommends a fresh coat of paint to make a difference. Color can influence your mood and thoughts, so it's important that the colors of the rooms within your home reflect your personality and taste. Something as simple as reviving a room using color can breathe new life into you and your walls.

Save time and money

Putting in a little elbow grease upfront can pay off by saving you time and money in the long run. You can take on many simple projects yourself without breaking the bank or waiting for the contractor to call you back.

'Even if you have very little DIY experience, you can find resources to help you complete a project on time and within budget,' says Marian Parsons, blogger for Miss Mustard Seed and a member of the DIY Squad. 'When in doubt, a trip to your local True Value hardware store is where you will find the answer. The aisles are filled with the supplies you need and the people behind the counter have the expertise to help you get the job done right.'

For more DIY advice and weekend project inspiration, visit www.TrueValue.com, www.StartRightStartHere.com and Facebook.com/TrueValue.

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