After a seemingly interminable fight against the effects of a crippling recession, the U.S. economy is finally beginning to show signs of recovery. But even as consumer confidence begins its slow upward climb, many individuals are still behaving cautiously when it comes to major spending.

Over the past few years, many homeowners found ways in which to cut corners and save cash; and while some of their efforts, such as DIY home remodeling, have become full-blown trends, experts caution that there are some undertakings for which it issafer, simpler and ultimately more affordable to bite the bullet and hire a licensed and experienced contractor. From the Poway News Chieftain.