Do It Yourself vs. Professional Decorating: The Pros and Cons

Apr 1


Lisa Blake

Lisa Blake

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It’s time for some home improvement work. Do you hire a pro to do the beautifying work for you or do you roll up your sleeves and practice a DIY? Let’s check out the pros and cons:


It’s time for some home improvement work. Do you hire a pro to do the beautifying work for you or do you roll up your sleeves and practice a DIY?

Renovating or improving your sweet home is not to be taken lightly. It requires not only doling out some cash, Do It Yourself  vs. Professional Decorating: The Pros and Cons  Articles but also takes time and effort, and tons of patience.

Should you just hand over the power to decorate to a professional or do you stand your ground and put in your effort and energy in making your home a reflection of you?

Is there such a thing as a middle ground – one-half of the work of an interior designer and the other half, your masterpiece?

Let’s check out the pros and cons:


Do It Yourself Home Decorating Project

Pro: No need spend for a professional’s fee

Indeed, a top benefit for doing a home improvement project yourself is not having to pay someone to decorate your home. And where do all the saved funds go? You can add to your shopping budget – buy more expensive furniture, more decors, and just go generous in purchasing for the beauty of your home!

Con: A situation called Stress

Going the DIY route would require discipline and sheer will to get through and actually finish the DIY project. If you are not up to making a lot of decisions, doing research work, getting your hands dirty, and basically just experiencing stress in your life for the duration of your home renovation, DIY is not for you.

If creativity is not your strongest point, you might need to get some help because messing up a DIY home project could be expensive.

Question to ask yourself before going DIY

How do you manage your time? Do you think you manage it well?

-          If you make a mistake and something has to be redone, can you afford to have additional expenses?

-          Do you know what you want your home to look like?

-          Are you ready to pull off a major project such as this?

-          Do you where to get the furnishings you want to use?

-          Are you organized and diligent in doing the legwork of research, cost comparison, and canvass of materials?

Think about these things before saying you’ll do it yourself.


Pro Designer for your Home Improvement

Pro: Sit back and relax

Interior designers have access to a great and varied selection of everything home-related. So home furnishings-wise, you are in good hands. What you see in stores are nothing compared to what’s available in designer wholesale showrooms and working with an interior decorator can give you access to all those goodies!

A pro can ease the burden of decorating off your shoulders. A professional didn’t become one without the skills, training and knowledge, so he/she knows what he/she is doing. Hiring a professional decorator can ensure not only quality results but less stress and mistakes for you.

If you are planning on selling your home and have to do some home improvement, getting a pro to stage your home or to do some repairs is a good idea to make sure the turn-out is nothing short of a-w-e-s-o-m-e!


The Blake Team, the leading real estate team in the Greater Denver and Aurora areas in Colorado has a high success rate in selling homes because of home repair and home staging assistance they offer their clients. Homes turn out to be more appealing to potential homebuyers.

Con: An interior designer requires for additional budget

If your objective is to transform your home with a professional’s expertise, knowledge and impeccable taste, then the cost is worth it.


Meeting Halfway: DIY with a Pro

You like the idea of working with a decorator, but do no exactly welcome the thought of additional expenses or the loss of participation in the home project. Here’s meeting halfway:

1. Hire an interior decorator for the purpose of consultation – to help you plan but execute the plan yourself.

2. Opt for a virtual designer. An increasing number of designers have capitalized on the internet to practice their craft. Send photos, samples, or a floor plan, and they can provide consultation for a fee and you can do a DIY after.

3. Similar to number 1, hire a pro for the selection process only.