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What Renovation Projects Are Best Done By Professionals?

Skip the DIY steps for these important areas and tasks

Photography: (Main Photo) and Vincent Coscolluela

Let's admit it, at some point, we've all been tempted to re-do a few areas of the home on our own—especially with Pinterest and DIY blogs that make it seem so easy. While these sites can make a little decorating, styling, and displaying a few pieces easier and possible, there are home improvement tasks that shouldn't be done with our DIY skills.

Opting for a renovation project is another story. Yes, doing it yourself can help you save money, but without the capability and experience to take on more complicated projects, you might end up spending more and wasting time. Avoid problems in the future by knowing which project is best left to professionals. Know where to draw the line with these tips:

Working on projects that deal with electrical, plumbing, demolition, major carpentry, and painting works will require help. This applies if you’re looking at a project that involves the relocation and addition of electrical outlets, switches and lighting points; also water lines for showerheads, faucets and the like.

Without proper knowledge, you shouldn’t mess with demolition and carpentry works as well. You'll never know if what you intend to do will do more damage than good. For built-in cabinets, counters and other furniture, standards are very important, as well as in other possible improvements such as drop or cove ceiling, new partition walls, and door openings, to name a few.

Aside from the general works mentioned that apply to any area, the two rooms you shouldn't renovate on your own are bathrooms and kitchens as these areas require a lot of work. It's best to work with a professional when dealing with electrical, plumbing, and tiling projects.

For renovations you couldn't handle on your own, it's best to hire a contractor, an interior designer, or even an architect for bigger projects like building extensions. These professionals have the expertise you can count on, and they can help you with detailing, project management, selection and purchasing of materials, and acquiring workers as needed.

Do not overlook the advantages of hiring professionals as doing so can save you from a lot of stress. However, if you have the time and patience, you can manage the project yourself and hire a group of skilled workers who can implement for you. Don't forget to check their references, review the credentials, discuss the payment terms, and work out target deadlines as well.

Interior designer Vera Villarosa-Orila is an alumna of the University of the Philippines and is one of the go-to designers for the Real Living Makeovers. You can get in touch with her through e-mail: vera.villarosa[at]



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