Replace roof shingles
A handyman service charges $150 to fix a few broken or missing asphalt shingles. Replacement shingles, roofing cement and nails can cost $30. You'll need hammer, putty knife and pry bar, and a ladder. (Exterior Home Services and Supply photo / October 29, 2012)
If you can find a handyman service that specializes in small odd jobs, you'll pay $150 to fix a few broken or missing asphalt shingles, which includes the labor and material. You can buy the shingles and do the job yourself for $30 and save 80 percent. You'll need a ladder, replacement shingles to match the existing ones (which you may have to order), roofing cement and nails. For tools, you'll need a hammer, putty knife and pry bar. For safety's sake, secure the ladder firmly on the ground and wear rubber-soled shoes on the roof. Try to schedule the project when the weather is cool and overcast, so you're not working in the hot sun or severe cold. And it's nice to have a partner on the ground to hold the ladder and be a go-fer.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$150 -- $30 -- 2.1 -- 3.0 -- $120 -- 80 Percent