Do household repairs yourself
Of all the things that need repair in a typical home — and are most often ignored — drippy faucets and leaky toilets most likely top the list. They put money down the drain, but calling a plumber can empty your wallet even faster. The solution is simple: Fix it yourself.
An online search for “fix leaky faucet” turns up a plethora of instructional sites.
Leaky toilets are the most common cause of high water bills, says Kay Keating of the free website Toiletology 101. Take a seat in her online classroom, and she’ll teach you how to fix the leak yourself, and even to detect a leak you didn’t know you had with inexpensive replacement parts available at any home improvement store.
Next to drips and leaks, appliances are the household culprits most often in need of repair. Calling a service technician is an option, but you could wait for days and end up spending a fortune. Doing those repairs yourself is a much better option.
Chris Hall, president of RepairClinic.com says, “You can expect to chop days off your downtime and cut the professional’s invoice by at least 75 percent, which is the portion of a repair bill attributed to labor, travel and a mark-up on parts.” Hall, based in Canton, Michigan, along with his staff, offers free repair help online and by email. The company stocks parts for nearly every major home appliance in service in the U.S. today, with same-day shipping and an absolute money-back guarantee on returns within 365 days of purchase .
According to Hall, most refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers can be repaired at home by novices. It’s all a matter of figuring out what’s wrong, ordering the replacement part and doing the repair with the help of an online technician.