Replace roof shingles
Repairing or installing a roof is not on our list of do-it-yourself jobs because neither of us enjoys working on a ladder and crawling around a roof. If a small repair is needed on a single-story house, we're willing to do it for two reasons: one, it's not easy to find a roofing contractor who wants to do a small job, and two, it's not that difficult. It's an important repair to make because as time goes by, the damage will only get worse and be more costly to fix. With that in mind, here's our take on making small roof repairs.

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