You can save from hundreds to thousands of dollars by doing some of the work yourself. In fact, many homeowners choose to do a number of tasks ranging from simple cleanup to some very exacting work to reduce the cost of their home additions or remodeling projects.

The amount you can save depends on your skills, your time, and the type of work you will do. Cleanup will save a small amount of time and cost each day. Work like assembling cabinets, painting, hanging wallpaper, shopping for materials or installing moldings and trimwork can add up to big savings quickly.

If you use the remodeling cost calculator, you can try different options to see how much you will save by taking on particular tasks. Once you know the difference in cost for taking on responsibility for certain tasks, you will be in a position to make an informed decision about whether to do it or have it done.