6 money-saving home projects for spring

  • Visually inspect your roof

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    Break out the binoculars and a paper and pencil, and take a good look at your roof. When you find a cracked, missing or shifted shingle, mark down its location. Cracked or missing shingles need to be replaced, and shifted shingles may need to be refastened. After the next rainy day, inspect the roof for wet spots, the first sign of a leak.

    Repair is always cheaper than total replacement, and you can patch up individual shingles on your own if you're so inclined. Home Advisor puts the minimum cost to repair a roof at about $200, but most homeowners will spend $700 to $1,000. Replacing the roof will cost upwards of $7,000, depending on its size and shape.

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