by Michelle Ferris on May 24, 2016
Home repair can be a costly venture if you’re paying contractors. But with a few basic handyman skills and a little DIY savvy, it can be quite affordable.
Unless you’re qualified to make larger, more complex repairs, leave them to the professionals – partially for your peace of mind, but also to ensure that if something happens, your home insurance will protect you. If you’re not sure, email your home insurance agent for a quick response.
There are many easier jobs, though, that can be done in the matter of an evening or weekend by anyone with the skills of a beginner handyman. Most of these jobs add lasting value to the property value of the home, so are well worth the time and effort. Plus, you get to live in a space you love all that much more.
Working on molding or installing new fixtures can be a quick-and-dirty weekend project that almost anyone can do. Just read your instructions carefully, and have the tools necessary to complete what you start.
Putting up drywall in unfinished rooms and removing textured popcorn ceiling materials are also fairly simple tasks; they just require time. Make sure that if you’re going to scrape popcorn ceiling stuff off, that it’s not full of asbestos or coated in lead paint. If it is, call a professional that’s equipped to deal with these problem materials.
Concrete jobs are usually quite simple, too. You’ll need a strong back and the time to invest in finishing the job, but you can take pride in knowing you did the job yourself, and save the money to pay for contractors to do more difficult jobs.
You might also think about doing your own landscaping. It’s hard work, but usually fairly simple to build raised planter boxes, lay concrete, or build retaining walls. Outdoor projects increase the value of your home, and usually require less skill – though definitely more muscle.
Remember, as you DIY your way to savings, that you should only take on projects that you have the time, skills, tools, and materials to complete.
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