When to Do It Yourself, When to Hire a Pro
Problem: Your home computer has taken mutiny to a new level.
Enter: The home-technology consultant. A pro will save you time on tasks like setting up a computer and rescuing a hard-drive crash and make all systems go by the end of setup.
Cost: $100 to $250 a visit.
Consider doing it yourself when: You have a knack for technology and aren’t intimidated by the jungle of wires inside your machine’s guts. For live troubleshooting help, call a manufacturer’s 800 number and be prepared for a wait and perhaps a fee.