As you probably know, labor is usually much more expensive than the cost of the goods. This is why it can be so expensive to hire a professional to work on your home. Fortunately, there is one easy way around this: hire cheap labor. And if you think this is difficult you are wrong. The cheapest labor that you will ever find is you! In other words, learn how to make repairs and upgrades on your own and you will never again have to pay for expensive labor. Over the course of a year this can save you thousands of dollars. This is particularly true if you own a rental property (or more than one) in addition to the home you live in.
Learning how to make your own repairs is something that comes with practice. If you never take the time to try your hand at something you will never know if you are capable, In turn, you will always be paying somebody else for something you may be able to do on your own.
Of course, there are some jobs that are better left to a professional. There is a big difference between painting a few walls in your home and putting on a new roof. One job is doable in a few hours with little to no experience, and the other is quite dangerous and can take many days or weeks. You need to know where to draw the line.
If you look within you will always be able to find free labor. The more repairs and upgrades you complete on your own the more confident you will become in your ability to do the same in the future.