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For Fearful Home Improvers, Social Media Offers Respite

Published on NewsOK Published: April 5, 2013

Tiffany’s renovation question was answered by five different members, and each one had a different, and helpful, suggestion for her. Three of the members who replied to Tiffany were contractors themselves, and one was a pretty well known home and garden blogger. Can you imagine how much more secure she must have felt going into this project with professional advice in her pocket?

Also, the people on Hometalk are thrifty! Some Hometalk members appear to be affluent, and some appear to be living on very tight budgets, but they all have one thing in common: This is a community of homeowners and contractors who want to do projects the most efficient way. Though there is a contingent of crafty ladies who appear to spend a good amount of time and money on their projects, the more popular members of the community seem to be pretty savvy homeowners who won’t get taken by salesmen, and contractors who are willing to lend an air of honesty and transparency to the home improvement industry.

Many folks (myself included) fear that home improvement projects will be a waste of money. Hometalk, though, seems to have that covered. Hometalk members seem to specialize in thrifty solutions to everday gardening and home improvement problems. For instance, Robyn from Phoenix, AZ posted her latest thrifty find, a dollar store laundry hamper used to protect plants from birds. She got 40 appreciative comments from other Hometalk members who were glad to read her budget gardening tip.

If you’re on the fence about doing a home improvement, gardening, or even a crafty DIY project, I’d say ask about your project on, or do a search over there to find out if anyone else has already asked the same question that you have. It’s likely that there are some experts or experienced homeowners (and renters!) who will be kind enough to help you out. There are also (some of them are really hilarious) plenty of posts from members whose projects failed. There seem to be all kinds on, but the one thing most of the members have in common is that they are into making home improvement more transparent, and more foolproof.

Chaya Kurtz writes for

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