Buying a house is an expensive endeavor. You might spend years saving for a down payment to earn the pleasure of paying a mortgage, property taxes and homeowners insurance each month. But the final price can get even higher — significantly higher — when you factor in the maintenance and repair work that a house needs over time.
An easy way to save money is to tackle repairs around the house yourself. Some projects are easier than others, and there’s definitely a learning curve for novice handypeople. But the numbers don’t lie: You’ll save much money by tackling DIY home