Do-It-Yourself or Don't: Four Points to Ponder

It's not everyone who can be a DIYer. Tackling home-improvement projects on your own takes a generous helping of patience, a dab of ingenuity and just a sprinkling of know-how. Mostly, it's about being willing and able to try new approaches and to move outside your comfort zone on occasion. If you're someone who's terrified of dripped paint or holes in drywall, DIY projects might not be for you. But if you're willing to learn by doing -- by trying out the whole trial-and-error process, getting your hands dirty can be downright therapeutic.