Is 'do it yourself' in your DNA?

5 clues gauge competence in fix-up projects

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In many ways, this is a tough time to be a homeowner. Finances might be tight, but that doesn’t stop the roof from wearing out, or the plumbing from starting to drip.

Or perhaps you’re thinking of selling your home, and you need to add a deck or replace some windows or siding in order to be competitive in a tough real estate market. But you can’t really afford to hire a pro.