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Failing to set a realistic budget, failing to complement the home’s original architecture, and making trendy rather than functional décor choices are common missteps for DIYers, according to Nationwide. (Elnur Amikishiyev/Adobe Stock) Failing to set a realistic budget, failing to complement the home’s original architecture, and making trendy rather than functional décor choices are common missteps for DIYers, according to Nationwide. (Elnur Amikishiyev/Adobe Stock)

My husband and I are not handy. But after more than a decade in our midcentury ranch-style house, the place started to demand attention.

That’s how I come to be midway through a single-spaced, typed page of planned updates to our home that we hope to accomplish before the end of this year. The list includes several smaller, subtle projects such as updating old light fixtures and faucets along with a few costlier ones like replacing a large, sliding-glass patio door.

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Elana Ashanti Jefferson

Executive Editor Elana Ashanti Jefferson is a veteran journalist and communications professional. She can be reached by sending email to [email protected]

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