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Three Pinterest pitfalls for Arizona homeowners to avoid

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For do-it-yourselfers, Pinterest has become a great community for project ideas, inspiration and improvements for your house, home, castle or cabin.

There are a vast number of DIY remodeling projects on Pinterest in many different categories. Some of these projects can be quick, simple and to the point. Others, however, may seem simple on the surface, but they can be far more involved than they first appear. With that in mind, we’ve compiled the following three tips to help ensure your DIY project comes out great!

1. A little more research is a big help

As with any DIY project you’re going to attempt, digging a bit deeper into the project is always wise. The same holds true for Pinterest projects.

When you come across a project you want to attempt, look for similar projects and compare their project steps. Take note of the similarities in the approach and differences. Look for user comments and DIYers’ shared experiences.

Lastly, you may want to do a general Google search for the project as well. There might just be a video or other article out there to assist you further. A few more minutes of research could just help you save you money and precious time.

2. Give yourself plenty of time

Remember, many of the inspirational photos you are seeing are often posted by professionals who do these projects for a living. So whether it’s a closet remodel, garage makeover or other home enhancement, give yourself plenty of time to complete the project.

The steps provided with the pictures are often simple and to the point, so it may seem like it’s a project that quick and easy to complete. Just remember, with any home improvement project you take on, you don’t know, what you don’t know.

For example, the wall you chose to take out or cut into may have electrical running through it or a stud in an inconvenient place! Plan for issues to come up along the way and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

3. If you get in over your head, ask for help

That’s right. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

Sometimes, we have every good intention of doing it all ourselves. But let’s face it, sometimes stuff happens, you find yourself in a bit of a pickle and a bit over your head. Sometimes it’s far better to call a quality contractor to help you get the project completed correctly, than it is to mess around with the electrical, plumbing or other areas yourself.

You certainly don’t want to cause any issues down the road that could cost money, break building codes, or impact resale down the road.

For more tips, help and information for your house, home, castle or cabin, visit Arizona’s largest collection of homeowner DIY advice and information at

And if you are in need of a quality contractor you can trust, visit our list of Arizona’s very best contractors or service providers for your home improvement projects at, Arizona’s most trusted referral network.

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