Over the years we’ve had countless homeowners call us for help with their home improvement problems and noticed that many are caused by the same basic mistakes. That’s understandable. Home improvement projects are not something you do every day and most projects travel down a long runway on the way to completion. Some pitfalls seem a lot easier to run into than to avoid. These five home improvement don’ts are simple to steer around, guaranteeing that your project will take flight rather than crash and burn.