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Angie's List: Home improvement projects you shouldn't avoid

When it comes to home improvements we'd all like to spend our money on glamorous projects like new hardwood floors. But chances are some routine maintenance work is much more important and can be costly. 

Homeowner Robyn Meslin isn't posting pictures of her latest home improvement project online. This after discovering her home's previous owner had done of lot of electrical work himself, so she had to call in a professional. 

"The basement was pretty much a nightmare. He had finished it himself so there were open electrical boxes down there, switches that didn't turn on and off, anything that we could figure out," said Meslin.

As Meslin knows, home ownership is unpredictable. 

"Unfortunately, there are projects that have to be done around your house that you are never going to talk to other people about - updating wiring, replacing your roof - these are the kind of things that are required to keep your house in good condition, but they are not fun and exciting, but if you don't do these things it's really going to hinder the value of your home and it's resale value," said Angie's List Founder, Angie Hicks.

Here are three unglamorous home projects you should never avoid. First, repairing the foundation. That slow-growing crack up the wall is no joking matter. Have it checked out before it's too late. 

Second, removing mold. Failure to remove mold can cause health problems. Make sure to hire a remediation company that pinpoints the source of the mold. 

Third, update electrical wiring. Rewiring a home or modernizing an aging electrical system is not cheap, but you'll sleep better knowing there's a decreased risk of fire. 

"You can't brag about it. 'Hey, I got a new electrical panel! ooh!' it's more fun to pick out drapes or decide on colors or say let's put hardwood floors throughout the house, but really if it all burns down what's the point?," said Meslin. 

Experts recommend that homeowners have an emergency fund for repairs. Financial planners say tuck away at least $5,000 for these types of situations. If you don't have an emergency fund, start small, have a portion of your paycheck automatically deposited into a savings account each month.
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