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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV 11 News is working for you this morning, helping you save money on costly home repairs.

Here are four tips from Real Simple Magazine.

1. Get free DIY advice. Go to youtube.com and type in "ask-the-builder" for how-to videos on simple procedures, like replacing a faucet or a light fixture. The simple to follow tips will have you feeling handy in no time.

Also home improvement stores will offer advice as well.

2. Be flexible. Ask a tradesman if he has a hole in his schedule, then inquire about a discount if you book during that time. Remember, it never hurts to ask.

3. Learn the lingo. Before calling a contractor, check out sites like MoneyPit.com and DIYNetwork.com. You'll be better informed and less likely to get taken advantage of if you can speak his language.

4. Don't succumb to "Your roof is falling" tactics. If your basement floods, a cash-hungry contractor might try to talk you into a drainage system that costs around $7,500. This is why you should solicit at least three quotes. And if you anticipate spending more than $10,000, hire a home inspector to help you figure out exactly what you need done and how to avoid hidden costs.

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