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Ren­o­vat­ing your home costs a lot of money. Thanks to YouTube and count­less DIY blogs, how­ever, peo­ple have dis­cov­ered the rel­a­tively low-cost al­ter­na­tive of DIY ren­o­va­tions. But do they re­ally save money in the long run? Home­owner Bryant Cui­son and ar­chi­tect Mary Bo­calid weigh in. Watch out for th­ese four com­mon mis­takes, and con­sider hir­ing a pro­fes­sional if you think you might com­mit them. 1. Mea­sure­ments can go wrong. “There’s a stan­dard height for a writ­ing ta­ble, for ex­am­ple,” says Bryant. “There are also ideal sizes for a sofa. Mea­sure­ments have to be ex­act, and some­times, mis­takes are made.” 2. Some im­por­tant fac­tors are of­ten for­got­ten in the chaos. “For big­ger ren­o­va­tions, you must look at the over­all pic­ture. Will this de­sign af­fect my elec­tri­cal load or ex­ist­ing pipes? Will our home­own­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion ap­prove this idea?” says Mary. “Pro­fes­sion­als think of th­ese things.” Un­for­tu­nately, some DIY en­thu­si­asts ne­glect to do the same. Cost of ma­te­ri­als could bal­loon. Pro­fes­sion­als like Bryant know where to go for good but af­ford­able stuff. Make time to source for the best ma­te­ri­als that your bud­get al­lows. By buy­ing ma­te­ri­als your­self and then get­ting a pro­fes­sional to in­stall them, you’ll still be get­ting your DIY fix while mak­ing sure that your home is still done by pro­fes­sion­als. Wait­ing at the last minute to ask for pro­fes­sional help could dou­ble your cost. “Some­times, DIY can only get you so far,” says Bryant. “Yung iba, pagkat­a­pos lang nila sir­ain yung ba­hay nila, at tsaka lang sila tatawag ng pro­fes­sion­als. And that adds un­nec­es­sary cost. For ma­jor works, you re­ally need pro­fes­sion­als from the be­gin­ning of the process.”

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