Around the house my wife has developed the belief I can fix just about anything. This is a lie. I actually can’t fix anything, but I do have a rather good sense developed of what jobs I can handle and what needs to be hired out. That is one of the best ways to save money on home repairs. Know your limits.
If you can’t fix it, research how it is repaired and decide if you can handle it. If you still can’t do it then start begging some family member or friend who can do to come over and do it. If you don’t know anyone, just pay the money and have a professional come over and do it. The other reason to hire out the job is if you know that it’s critical to the function of your house or to an item in the house. For example, I have learned I don’t repair anything structural in a house, I don’t touch the appliances except to hook them up and I don’t have the slightest idea how my fireplace internals work.
Another good way to save money on home repairs if don’t buy expensive special use tools. Instead rent them when you need them or ask around and perhaps you can find someone who will lend you the tool.
The following is a list of repairs I’ve done and found them fairly easy to do (keep in mind you need to determine your own comfort level on these):
- Change a light fixture
- Repair a broken tile in the floor
- Install laminate flooring in a room
- Tile a desk top
- Replace a toilet (Note: keep a towel handy, you will need it)
- Install a new sink faucet
- Repair damage or a hole in a wall
- Paint – walls, floors, or furniture
- Strip the finish off an old piece of wood furniture and stain it a different colour
- Repair a broken board in a deck
When it doubt about a repair I research how to do it before I proceed. A great resource I’ve found has been Do It Yourself which has lots of great articles with pictures in most cases on how to do some of the most common repairs. What else has everyone else tried to repair and thought was fairly easy?