The best method to get a bargain fixer-upper

Basic Home Remodeling: Home Improvement DVD Many well-to-do spend more than $4,000 a year on home repair and maintenance, according to research by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. With a bit of forethought, however, you can ratchet down that number in a big way. Just follow this plan.

Start your roster with a general handyman, that’s- someone who has basic knowledge on a broad range of repairs. Besides local operators, there are a few national firms that can find one for you. You’ll also need an electrician, a plumber, a carpenter, a painter and possibly people who specialize in repairing heating and cooling systems, appliances, sewer or septic systems, masonry and driveways.

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