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Saving Money on Home Repairs

From putting in a drainage system to replacing your roof, home repairs are never easy or cheap. Saving even a small percentage on the costs can add up to a lot of money. This is a guide about saving money on home repairs.


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February 17, 2015

Over the years, I have challenged myself to be pretty self sufficient. I started growing gardens, baking my own breads, sewing my own curtains and clothes and even cutting my family's hair!

So the other day when I went to stay a few days at my daughter's home, I couldn't help but notice that both her bathroom faucet and toilet leaked water and asked her about them. She was intending to call a plumber but I asked her if I could take a shot at them first.

I looked in a "Do-it-yourself" book, then on YouTube to make sure I understood how they both worked. Then I picked up a few parts and got to work and repaired both, saving a plumber's visit!

The bottom line is: don't be too intimidated by any project. Many are more simple than we realize and can really save you money big time as a Thrifty Fun friend!

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April 4, 20051 found this helpful

I encourage anyone who can to learn how to work on their own appliances. It cost us $40 just to have a repairman come out and tell us we had a kink in a drain hose on our washer. My husband is now looking for books on how to fix things himself rather than to pay out that kind of money.


By Robin

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April 12, 20051 found this helpful

When considering home repairs when you don't plan on doing the work yourself, don't sign any contract that requires full payment before a satisfactory job is finished. Or it'll end up costing you more later, as you'll have to find a new person to do the work, when the previous person ran off with your money without completing the job.

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Kelly Ann Butterbaugh0 found this helpful
January 14, 2009

When shopping for larger home improvement items, price outside the box. While the do-it-yourself option seems to be the most frugal, that's not always the case. Expecting to find the best deal at a large home improvement store rather than a specialized dealer is also a false assumption. Bargains aren't always in the expected places.


Expect the Unexpected

Large home improvement stores advertise great deals. Bathroom tiles are $1.50 each when kitchen and bath stores charge $8 per tile. However, the home improvement stores don't advertise their installation and prices for other supplies. After comparing quotes for a tiled bathroom floor, the smaller specialized tile store came in nearly $200 less than the larger "discount" store. Here's why: In addition, the smaller store offered a better product once examined. The tiles sold for $1.50 were screen printed tiles, meaning the design was printed on the tile and covered with clear sealer. The $8 tiles were true Italian tiles. On top of that, the smaller tile store offered a much more lucrative warranty and set up delivery and installation dates weeks before the home improvement store guaranteed delivery.

The Bottom Line

Often the do-it-yourself approach isn't the cheapest either. Obviously if specialized tools are needed, rental or purchasing fees are exorbitant. Yet, even the accomplished handy homeowner might save money on a prefabricated product. Take storage sheds as an example

Shed kits are sold at most home improvement stores. These somewhat do-it-yourself kits have precut pieces and directions for building the storage shed. However, in addition to the kit, roofing materials and foundation blocks are needed as well as nails and other smaller items. When pricing, a shed kit that cost $499 actually would cost nearly $900 by the time all the supplies were purchased to completely built it (plus a weekend's work assembling it).

Meanwhile, a prefabricated or delivered shed seemed much more expensive. The same size shed as the kit cost $999 as a prefabricated shed. However, once totaling the cost of the kit, the prefabricated shed wasn't much more. These types of sheds, whether they are delivered completely built or delivered in large pieces and assembled by professionals in a few hours, are all-inclusive. The $999 price tag includes foundation blocks, a roof, and all delivery and installation charges. On top of that, the company offered a reasonable financing option.


In addition to the shed delivery, prefabricated sheds offer additional add-ons such as storage shelves and ramps. Adding up the needed supplies to build a six foot entrance ramp to the shed, it would cost approximately $80. The company would install one with the shed for $100. How can the prices be so close?

Should one ignore the ads that appear on the television and head to the high-end specialty shop in hopes of a deal? No. It is the consumer's responsibility to price various suppliers for home improvements and decide which offers the best deal. Just remember; deals often lurk in unsuspected locations.

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June 8, 20170 found this helpful

Learning how to do your own basic home repairs can save money and allow you to make the fix quickly and efficiently. This is a guide about becoming your own handyman.

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