Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated.
The handyman looked at the plaster dangling from the top of our downstairs window. Then, he headed upstairs to check the seal on the window directly overhead.
“It needs some caulk,” he announced when he returned. “If I come out again and fix it, it’ll cost $250. Or, you can pick up caulk for two or three bucks and do it yourself.”
My husband and I exchanged a nervous glance. The last time I’d held a caulk gun was 10 years ago. He never had.
But we’d just been told how to knock 99% off our potential repair bill. It seemed like now was the perfect time to learn!
We’re here with ways to help you get started on your own DIY.
Guide to DIY Home Repairs
When we moved into our first house, it seemed like everything started breaking. The toilet ran. The bathroom fan died. Rain leaking in the upstairs window loosened plaster in our dining room.
No wonder financial experts recommend homeowners save between 1% and 3% of the value of their home for annual maintenance and repairs.
Thankfully, you can save hundreds or even thousands annually by doing some of the repairs on your own. Here’s how.
Learn to Do DIY Home Repairs Online
Your phone may end up being your most important tool.
Home DIY apps can help at just about every stage of a home improvement project. Better yet, several great ones are free.
On Houzz, a social media platform that connects home professionals and enthusiastic DIY remodelers, you’ll find all the design inspiration you could dream of, plus lots of tutorials.
Before you start a project, decide where it falls on your to-do list. You might want a