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5 Things Your Contractor Can Do For Free

Interior designer Michelle Dumlao-Pastoral reveals five things your contractor can do in and around your home

Photography: Jun Pinzon

Are you thinking about designing, constructing or renovating your dream home? You may want to consider hiring a design professional for the project! An experienced and reliable contractor can actually help you make the right decisions, cut on costs, and even make an even better space than what you expected. 

Apart from the basic designing, constructing, renovating or decorating tasks, there are also other things that your contractor may be able to do for you for free. You should simply ask nicely and be extra nice to your contractor and his team. 

Ready for your own makeover? Contact interior designer Michelle Dumlao-Pastoral at (02) 209 8730 or (02) 342 4939. You can also email her at mdpastoral[at]

Prepare a weekly timetable

To find out if the contractor and his or her team can meet the construction deadline, you can ask for a weekly timetable. This is especially important for homeowners that follow feng shui and need to move in and install different fixtures on a certain date. 

Provide electrical label on panel box

Your contractor can also properly label the individual circuits in your panel box! You can request for an extra copy that you can keep and ask the contractor to update the labels every time you bring in a big appliance.

Deliver furniture pieces

You can also ask if your contractor can help deliver your purchased furniture to your house! This can help you save on furniture delivery charges.

RL Tip: Make sure that furniture pieces are securely wrapped to avoid unexpected damages.

Work on small repairs

Your contractor and his or her team can also install door knobs, fix leaking faucets, and do other small jobs for free.

Install frames and artworks

Another thing that your contractor can do at no additional cost is to mount frames and artworks. Just make sure that you already know where you want to place every piece so that you do not waste the time of your contractor's team.

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