Angie's List: Don't dive too deep into costly home projects

INDIANAPOLIS - Does spring weather have you springing into action on home projects?

Experts advised homeowners not to rush into pricey projects that may not add value to your home.

Indy homeowner Heidi Birkey had a messy repair on her hands right after she moved into her new home.

"The plumbing under the sink is really old and it was all metal plumbing so when he took it apart it fell apart in (the plumbers) hands," Birkey said. "I had the plumbers to come out three different times and finally, they had to replace the plumbing in kitchen."

Birkey's repair was necessary but Angie's List founder Angie Hicks warns homeowners against going into overdrive when it comes to projects.

"Be sure that you balance your needs and your wants. Maybe you want a new deck, but you need a new furnace and only have money for one. Be sure you invest in those needs first because it will be a better return on your money," Hicks said.

Also, avoid over-investing in your home.

"Remember kitchen and bathrooms are the best things to invest in because they get the best return on investment, usually around 85 percent," Hicks said.

Angie's List also warns homeowners to avoid "keeping up with the Joneses," and to do your homework when it comes to hiring contractors.

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