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Home assessment can save time, money

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ATLANTA (ANGIE'S LIST) -

Jon Weaver is used to having multiple home improvement projects in the works.

"So far we have replaced all the appliances to make them stainless steel, we have redone our cabinets and added some crown molding, and we have redone the floors," he said.

For most of us, our home is one of the biggest investments we'll make, so we want to take care of it. The best way to start is with a total home assessment.

"Walk around your house like you are getting ready to buy the house and make a list of the things that need to be fixed," said Angie Hicks, creator of Angie's List. "You should be able to do this in an hour or two, but it will save you a lot of time, headache, and money down the road."

Handyman Jeff Flora said you shouldn't neglect the little things because they can lead to costly repairs.

"It's always a good idea to call somebody that has a little bit of experience because experience matters and they can take a look at it, ascertain whether it's going to be a big problem or a small problem," Flora said.

Consider how much you have to spend and start with projects that you can afford or can do yourself. Just remember not to get too overwhelmed or you'll never see the projects through. It's also a good idea to make sure any money you spend will add value to your home.

Remodeling Magazine said Georgians can get the most bang for their buck by adding an attic bedroom. That project will give you almost 73 percent of your investment back at resale. Number two - and much cheaper to do - adding a backup generator.

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