DO IT YOURSELF
There are many good things about owning a home, but paying for repairs isn't one of them. By some estimates, homeowners spend 1 to 4 percent of a home's value on maintenance and repairs every year. That's as much as $500 a month for a house worth $150,000. While there are certainly projects too big or dangerous for the typical homeowner to take on without a professional, you can save money by learning how to handle a few common repairs and maintenance projects yourself.