We did about 80% of the work ourselves - some by choice - some because we ran low on cash. Here's my take on doing the work yourself verses subbing it out:1. Without having done the work yourself, how do you know if what is being quoted is a fair price or not? Some final words of caution: all of the above is hard, especially while working a W2 job and trying to manage our own house with kids and pets. I have spent my entire adult life working a W2; working hard for ourselves is so much more gratifying.