3 Common Condo Renovation Concerns

And how you can deal with each


Buying and moving into a new condo home is a milestone that we can be proud of. Once you've settled in, the next steps would be how to transform the space into a home—complete with the right set of furniture and accessories. However, just like any other place, a condo unit can look shabby over the years. You would notice peeling paint, chips on the walls, and sometimes see unexpected guests like roaches and ants.

These concerns are the same problems that RL Reader Elaine told us about. Elaine lives in an 80sqm unit in Makati and she plans on renovating the space that's infested with roaches. To help Elaine and to give you an idea about common renovation concerns, we asked interior designer Peaches de Guzman-Grey for tips: 

How do you deal with pests?

Peaches recommends calling pest control specialists if the old building is infested with pests. You can contact Pest-Away Corporation or Bayer Environmental Science ([02] 450-3758 to 59) to inquire about the process and if they can conduct a thorough inspection. They can also recommend solutions.

Do I seek help from a professional?

Always consult an expert before working on a renovation project. Asking advice from design professionals can help you assess the condition of the room so you know what type of renovation it needs. They can recommend solutions, can make the most of your budget, and help you achieve your goals within a time frame. Once you've decided to work with a professional, you need to be honest about your goals and budget. At the same time, you also need to be open for suggestions and recommendations.

Photo from Design Sponge.

How much should I allot for a renovation?

Assess your place and set a budget that works for you. Remember to set realistic goals and be mindful as to where you'll invest your money. Don't scrimp on materials and always be ready with a contingency fund. For a sample budget breakdown, click here

Photo from Apartment Therapy.

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