Sweat a Little, Save a Lot
A general contractor typically charges up to 20 percent of the total cost of a home renovation, according to Angie's List, which might make it tempting to do the job yourself. The trouble is, unless you know exactly what you're doing, you may end up hiring a contractor anyway to fix a DIY debacle -- costing more in the end. Still, there are ways that DIY-inclined homeowners can save money with some ability and sweat equity, the proper tools, and a lot of hard work.
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