Do it yourself? Or hire a professional? It's the age old question. For home improvement projects that don't necessarily require specific skills, you can save money if you do it yourself, plus enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you put your own sweat equity into it. This makes sense for some things, but not others. Even the most avid home improvement buffs can recall projects they wished they had hired someone to do for them, when they think back to how much time and money they spent on something that really didn't come out that great (and how frustrating the whole experience was).