How to decide if you should do it yourself

Thinking about having work done on your home? The first, most crucial, question is: can you do it yourself? The second question is: should you, or would it be wiser to call a professional?

It depends. I have not come across any home improvement task that I cannot theoretically do myself.

In the last 16 years I have tackled jobs that I would have previously thought beyond my abilities, but some I have happily handed over to contractors.

How do I decide who does which kind of job? Some DIYers I know draw a line across a personal no-go area: they will do anything except touch electricity or plumbing, because the consequences of a mistake seem to be irreversible. I do ...

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