First Person: 3 Home Repairs We Always Do Ourselves

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As new homeowners, my husband and I have faced some costly home repairs. Unfortunately, some of them have been things we couldn't possibly repair ourselves, so we were forced to hire an expensive professionals. However, we have learned that there are times it's better to do them ourselves. Here are three home repairs we turn into do-it-yourself projects to save money.


Our home is around 1160 square feet, and we have a finished basement roughly the same size. I love all the space, but having a bigger home always means we have more work to do. In all, we have 12 rooms that need to be painted, so it's a lot of work to repaint everything. When we decided to paint the interior of our house, I reached out to a friend who paints for a living for a quote on the entire house. Even with a discount he was going to charge us $500 plus supplies to do the job. In the end, we decided to do the work ourselves, and save the $500 we would have spent on labor costs.

Roof repair

Every homeowner knows how costly roof repairs can be. One of my husband's co-workers had to have some roof repairs done because of some storm damage, and he spent over $300 to have five shingles replaced. Luckily, my husband knows how to do basic roof repairs, so we don't have to pay someone else to do it for us.

Drywall repair

Many drywall professionals change $20 or more an hour to come and repair a simple hole in the wall, and most have a minimum charge of four hours. That means repairing one hole can costs as much as $80. I find that to be quite outrageous, so I taught myself how to fix them. I've learned there are actually very few steps in patching small holes in drywall, and that doing it myself doesn't cost nearly as much. I can purchase the supplies I need for under $20, and it rarely takes me longer than 30 minutes to fix a small hole.

All told, I've saved more than $560 doing these things myself. Home-ownership isn't cheap, and every aspect of our home will cost us money at one point or another; however, I've learned that I can save quite a bit of money by doing some of the work my. There are certainly things I wouldn't attempt on my own like electrical or major plumbing, but it doesn't hurt to do the smaller things to save money.

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