Save on Home Repairs

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  1. Arun
    January 11, 2014

    Nice blog about saving money in home repairs. Its a very useful for many home owners who are facing home maintenance and repairs. It might be helpful to know how the can repair simple problems.

  2. Jill McHale
    February 4, 2014

    Its a smart idea to ask if workers are employees or subcontractors…I would have never thought to ask. Great tip!

  3. Angie Fiack
    February 4, 2014

    Great ideas! Thanks

  4. Gina H.
    February 4, 2014

    I really like the downloaded check-lists. Very helpful.

  5. Robin Abrams
    February 4, 2014

    Wow the home repair check list has alot that I would not of thought to ask. I have printed this out thank you so much. My house needs alot of repairs so this will come in real handy.

  6. laurie damrose
    February 4, 2014

    I like the spreadsheet idea,thank you

  7. MeryeBeth Albert
    February 4, 2014

    I really don’t have to think about Home Repair Costs, since I’m a renter; all of the home repairs are covered by the Landlord.

  8. Ancilla Jagdeo
    February 4, 2014

    Thank you, normally if somethings wrong in my apt I try to fix it instead of calling the landlord. It saves time and money.

  9. Stephanie Phelps
    February 4, 2014

    I actually just started a home repair list and am struggling with figuring out which one to do first or what is more the priority on the list! I love all these tips and really appreciate it!

  10. Margaret Smith
    February 4, 2014

    Love the check list and suggestions. You hear so many horror stories about contractors scamming people, so it’s nice to have some guidance.

  11. Caroline Wampler
    February 4, 2014

    Great ideas, especially the $5/day savings and the checklist of questions to ask! Wouldn’t have thought of either on my own.

  12. angel
    February 4, 2014

    I wood do it myself!

  13. Judy Thomas
    February 4, 2014

    Thank you, that’s very helpful.It’s always a really big expense and any way to cut the cost is awesome :)

  14. Nancy
    February 4, 2014

    One other way to save on home repairs is by taking care of problems when they are small.

  15. christina
    February 4, 2014

    The best thing I find is DIY books. They are amazing. Plus you save so much more money than you would if you had to pay for the work to be down. I also think it is fun and I feel proud once I finished a project.

  16. Danielle Jones
    February 4, 2014

    Great ideas! A lot of new home owners don’t realize how quickly the repairs and upkeep starts on a home.

  17. Dawn Rader
    February 4, 2014

    so many people just hire whoever to do their home repairs and it comes back to bite them in the behind….great tips shared here! thanks!

  18. Amy Orvin
    February 4, 2014

    This summer, we plan on doing some home repairs , so this post will really help me. It’s just so expensive, I hope we can get everything done.

  19. Kenneth Vronek
    February 4, 2014

    I definitely have a home that is in need of repairs. This blog post was very helpful.

  20. Faye Rucker
    February 4, 2014

    Going to look around never been her

  21. Alexis Bertch
    February 4, 2014

    Great ideas! Hopefully planning a home remodel and will implement some tips!

  22. Gale McCarron
    February 4, 2014

    Being a renter most big repairs are the responsibility of my landlord. Maybe I should pass this on to him. :)

  23. Cher Garman
    February 4, 2014

    This is extremely informative. My husband and I are always looking for ways to save money on home repairs. We just haven’t known how to do this! The is excellent!
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  24. sarah
    February 4, 2014

    great advice!

  25. Jeannie Yeager
    February 4, 2014

    This is great

  26. Jessica Snow
    February 4, 2014

    Thank you for sharing this. We just went through a whole issue in our bathroom and I wish I had known about this prior.

  27. Jeanine
    February 4, 2014

    This is a great chart!! thanks for sharing!!

  28. Thomas Gibson
    February 4, 2014

    I contact my local community college and they always send people out to do odd jobs and all I pay is for material because the students have to do so many hours of labor to get credited.

  29. lei
    February 4, 2014

    thank you. the spreadsheet is very helpful

  30. JoVon
    February 4, 2014

    I had not even thought of asking if they were employees or subcontracted. Thank you for the tip!

  31. Trisha B.
    February 4, 2014

    Great advice. I already have a long list myself

  32. Karen Lynn
    February 4, 2014

    Thanks for sharing all the great advise.

  33. lisa
    February 4, 2014

    Boy do I have a list from the faucet that leaks to the sink that don’t go down to the hole in the floor by the back door to the makeshift chicken wire catio…..and the maintenance guys that charge 75 an hour. I didn’t make that much an hour when I was a call girl. So nada gets fixed.

  34. Seyma Shabbir
    February 4, 2014

    Love the checklist! I think knowing WHO is doing the work and how qualified they are is a big help! Another helpful hint is learning how to do repairs ourselves. When we lived in an apt and the repair person would come to fix things, we would watch so we could do it ourselves next time. Many times we needed special equipment and could not do it but half of the time we could! Maintenance is helpful!

  35. Athena c
    February 4, 2014

    Good blog on saving in home repairs. Thank you for the printable. I will print it as soon as I can get to a printer.

  36. Alison Vasco
    February 4, 2014

    Great site great tips I love the DIY BOOK I HAVE LEARNED TO DO MANY THINGS MYSELF AND HAVE SAVED ALOT OF MONEY.

  37. terri c
    February 5, 2014

    i like your blog.

  38. Lisa B
    February 5, 2014

    Thanks for all the great tips on Home Repairs.

  39. Ashley Renee Hanna
    February 5, 2014

    These are great tips but my dad is a carpenter so I go to him for any home repairs I need. Great tips thanks for sharing!!

  40. Stacy Giacosa-Bauer
    February 5, 2014

    Great ideas & I Love the Check List! Currently, I am using a legal pad. This List will make it much easier! I have a 1986 home, so it seems to always need something done every time I get 1 thing done, something else breaks!

  41. Kelly Nicholson
    February 5, 2014

    there are place that sell pretty good used stuff like doors,screens and other things..i just renmind myself that im not a king

  42. Terry Rodriguez
    February 5, 2014

    very helpful since we just bought a house. thank you for sharing this.

  43. beth
    February 5, 2014

    I have to do a lot myself. Lucky for me my dad is an electrician.

  44. june buchanan
    February 5, 2014

    love to save on home repairs

  45. Hernan N Lisa Diaz
    February 5, 2014

    Helpful tips & Thank you for sharing!

  46. Jackie
    February 5, 2014

    What a great checklist. Keeping on maintenance is a great idea so the job doesnt become bigger than it needs to be.

  47. Terra W
    February 5, 2014

    Thanks for all the great info! We’ve never had to do any big repairs on the house yet, but will probably have to do the roof in the next couple of years or so. This should come in handy!

  48. Gwen Stanley
    February 5, 2014

    Thank you for sharing these great money saving tips!

  49. Sandy McFadden
    February 5, 2014

    I have a similar list that I use that my Dad gave me years ago. Thank you for the Great review.l

  50. sandy weinstein
    February 5, 2014

    thanks, always trying to save $$$ b/c repair people are so $$$$. and if you dont know something abt what they are doing, you will be in trouble. b/c they could take you for a bundle.

  51. Melissa W
    February 5, 2014

    I need all the tips I can get on saving money on home repairs! Thanks.

  52. denise low
    February 5, 2014

    Now days you have to do it yourself. We cant afford to have someone else do it

  53. DailyWoman (Lacey)
    February 5, 2014

    Great blog post. The best way I usually save money on Home Repairs is shopping around and getting different prices.

  54. Misty Brown
    February 5, 2014

    I love your blog on how to save on home repairs. I live on a very tight budget, and knowing i need home repairs this should help me.

  55. Samantha Anderson
    February 5, 2014

    Diy yourself projects, are always a great way to save money

  56. evelyn florinchi
    February 5, 2014

    This has some great info.

  57. Tina Bredbury
    February 5, 2014

    Great tips, certainly could use this

  58. Dana Rodriguez
    February 5, 2014

    Useful tips!

  59. Melissa c.
    February 5, 2014

    We are trying to do a lot of the repairs and updates ourselves to save money

  60. krista grandstaff
    February 5, 2014

    Those are great ideas, especially having a check list! You are right, we become so used to living with quirks we may overlook things that could become big problems in the future – I would probably have my brother and sister in law come over and take a look at my house, just to get a better idea :)

  61. Tammy S
    February 5, 2014

    What a great checklist! This will make it so much easier when you need to get work done. I also like the tip to look at your home with a new set of eyes.

  62. Jasmine P
    February 5, 2014

    Great post! This would help me with our home repairs!
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  63. Chevy Reid Roper
    February 5, 2014

    Love the great tips. I would never have thought about the checklist!! Thank you!

  64. sue williams
    February 6, 2014

    Great tips! I need dental work but have nt been able to afford It ! I got an older double wide after my divorce and have had alot of repairs on everything!!

  65. Maria Marcotte
    February 6, 2014

    Great Blog thank you. Love.the spreadsheet idea. Good!!

  66. heather r
    February 6, 2014

    thanks for the checklist! my stepfather is in construction and my mom used to be an electrician, so I get a lot of savings from not having to go to contractors that often. that said, it’s good to know how to proceed when I do have to do so!

  67. barbra
    February 6, 2014

    definitely good tips! We usually contact a family friend for any home repairs or i do it myself to save money.

  68. Rhea Chladek
    February 6, 2014

    Just the thought of all that my house needs is overwhelming! My husband just repaired the bathroom floor (JUST IN TIME, as the toilet nearly-ended up falling through!!!!!) Our approach has been one thing at a time…

  69. crystal lane
    February 6, 2014

    I dont own a home but these are some great ideas.

  70. courtney hennagir
    February 6, 2014

    Thanks for the check list! Definitely going to come in handy.

  71. RICHARD HICKS
    February 6, 2014

    Nice list to keep up with repairs. Sometimes it become overwhelming!

  72. Jennifer Hiles
    February 6, 2014

    We bought our house about 5 years ago and it’s a log cabin. Boy have we learned about home repairs the hard way! Luckily my husband is pretty good about fixing things but owning a log home is a little different and something neither of us knows much about but we are learning! This printable could come in very handy.

  73. Bernice Kalisz
    February 6, 2014

    Thank you for giveaway.

  74. PATTI SALINGER
    February 6, 2014

    These days, we all need to save money by doing as many home repairs as we can ourselves.

  75. Marie DeWolfe
    February 6, 2014

    That’s a great idea! Usually we have to scramble when something needs repair, so I really like the idea of the $5 savings plan!
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  76. Jacqueline K
    February 6, 2014

    I will take any help we can get, ty

  77. ShelleyG
    February 6, 2014

    Some great ideas, thanks!

  78. Wendy c g
    February 6, 2014

    Thanks for tips, it can add up in a hurry. We try to use people referred from family.

  79. mary ortiz
    February 6, 2014

    Some of the ideas on saving are good but if you could just keep a budget and stick to it would be good. Also, remember to keep a “kitty” for unexpected repairs especially if your home is an older home.

  80. sherry butcher
    February 6, 2014

    I plan on using the pintable tables you inclued with this post. Thanks for sharing this information.

  81. sheri street
    February 6, 2014

    Nice blog, you can do things yourself to save money

  82. judy watts
    February 6, 2014

    Save on House Repairs Blog is very useful instead of trying to remember everything you can get a refresher by just pulling up this Blog

  83. Lisa Kerr
    February 6, 2014

    I wish I had of had these printout spreadsheets along time ago! But they will definitely come in handy as Im going to be buying a house (most likely old) within the next 8 months. Thank you for sharing your tips!

  84. Monica Stewart
    February 6, 2014

    I am definitely going to have my husband go through this check list. I know he will find a lot of things that we never noticed or paid attention to. Thanks for the great article!

  85. Katti Ostertag
    February 6, 2014

    I like this blog it will come in handy thank you.

  86. lucy
    February 6, 2014

    Very helpful

  87. sharon shafran
    February 6, 2014

    save on home repairs by doing as much as you can by yourself

  88. Sky Evans
    February 6, 2014

    This is such a helpful post. I will definitely review this.

  89. Lindsay Miller
    February 6, 2014

    Amazing advice!

  90. David O”Brien
    February 7, 2014

    Renting right now, will be helpful in future.

  91. Sue Hull
    February 7, 2014

    I have a good way to save on home repairs, I live in an apt. That way I don’t have to pay for anything that breaks. Those are good tips :)

  92. alena svetelska
    February 7, 2014

    very helpfull ides thanks!!

  93. amanda Whitley
    February 7, 2014

    i really like the idea of setting aside money strictly for improvements/repairs to your homes. very good tip.

  94. Sandra Beeman
    February 7, 2014

    All very valuable information here particularly for a first-time home buyer. One thing I may add is to connect with a new neighbor or two to determine if they have seen any signs of cellar flooding (fire pump trucks and more). We didn’t and guess what we not have.

  95. lucy
    February 7, 2014

    Great ideas

  96. Mary Fagans
    February 7, 2014

    I am a DIY person, if I know how to do it. Owning a home is really expensive, especially if it is an older home. Thanks for the tops

  97. Stacy Ferrell
    February 7, 2014

    Bookmarked this! Remodeling a home soon. Thanks.

  98. cathy frith
    February 7, 2014

    Great ideas .Keep up the good work.

  99. cindy mckean
    February 7, 2014

    Thanks for the printable check-off list, that will come in handy!!

  100. Betty Baez
    February 7, 2014

    Wow this check list is a must not only for saving on repairs but to ensure you’re hiring the right person for the job!

  101. Faye Rucker
    February 7, 2014

    My husband does almost all our home repairs but then he drew the plans and framed the house too he is really smart

  102. Laura Castellanos Rivera Rocha
    February 7, 2014

    Great ideas! Thanks

  103. Trameka Wilson
    February 7, 2014

    Great way to save for repairs. I’ve never thought about how much things actually cost when I’m ready to remodel.

  104. Christina DeRose
    February 7, 2014

    I like the printables to reference

  105. Susan Johnson
    February 7, 2014

    One way to make sure you save on home repairs is to have it done right. Take it from someone who learned the hard way, that you should always, ALWAYS make sure the person has a CURRENT contractor’s license- always get bids on the job first, ask over the phone about the license and tell them you will want to see it when they come to give an estimate- any honest contractor won’t have a problem with that. Get everything in writing, including how long (an exact start and finish date, if possible), how much (estimate and maximum amount projected), and most importantly, who will be doing the work- many contractors will hire non-contracted (and more times than not, non-qualified) employees with no credentials (and possible criminal backgrounds) to do the work under their contractor’s license (the benefit to that is if mistakes are made, you can go after the contractor for repairs). The contractor’s license is crucial, because it is insurance that the person will do the job they have committed to by contract, and that if they do not do the work, you can go to the contractor’s board and they will investigate. If they find that the contractor didn’t do adequate work, the board will either have the contractor fix it to contract without extra charge, have you hire someone else to finish the job, or have the job re-done at the contractor’s expense. Without that license, you will have no recourse, and may lose more than you ever would have had you spent a little more on a licensed contractor.

  106. Amanda A
    February 7, 2014

    Not a homeowner yet but definitely have thought about all the expenses! Great ideas! Thank you!

  107. Julie Lame
    February 7, 2014

    Thanks for writing this article!

  108. Seiko
    February 7, 2014

    good tips

  109. amy m
    February 7, 2014

    this was a very helpful post. Thanks for sharing

  110. Judy Mitchell
    February 7, 2014

    thanks after having a furnace, deep freezer, and a refridgerator all break within the last two months I almost want to rent again. I appreciate this.

  111. maureen simiyu
    February 7, 2014

    I love your advice.its much appreciated

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