What he said. But those gaskets are kind of a PITA, due to the rigid coil pack harness housing, dipstick, and the front timing covers. Still, you can do them yourself- but be careful, the valve covers are PLASTIC. Don't overtighten.
foley803 : What does an electrical surge sound like? Barking dogs? Watermelons?
Sounds like one of those weekend projects, where 2 hour tasks takes 2 days since everything will go wrong.
This is definitely the case.
I did my VCG on my 1.8t and i ended up snapping my PCV breather (extremely common I later learned) and it ended up I needed to trek to the dealer and for over $80 in parts and jerry rig other stuff with heater hose to get it up and running. Definitely leave extra time in case of the inevitable collateral damage...