Sydney is known for a number of heritage homes dating back to the 1790s and 1800s. Elizabeth farm and the Old Government House in Parramatta, as well as the Vaucluse House in the Vaucluse suburb, are all preserved reminders of the past.

If you’re one of the lucky owners of a heritage home, it’s inevitable that you fiddle with small repair jobs, sometimes even completely overhaul one of the old, unused rooms. In these cases though, DIY renovations may do more harm than good. Here are several reasons why you should stop doing things yourself and hire professionals when it comes to historical house renovations

  1. Experts know it’s a gruelling process.

    You might have acquired the property from a family member without knowing its significance. If this is the case, intensive research should be done first. This is to ensure that the home’s cultural significance is preserved during the renovation. Aside from research, a thorough inspection for stability of the structure, pest infestations, mould and mildew needs to be completed as well. Experts are well aware of these tasks before proceeding with the designing and planning.

  2. Professionals know what materials, furnishings and fixtures to choose

    To preserve the past, resources need to be as authentic as possible. However, availability of some materials might be a problem. This is where professionals come in to ensure that all elements stay true to their original state. If they can’t find these original materials, they’ll look for comparable resources, with a guarantee that the house will still retain its character. They can also help you choose appropriate and genuine Australia-made homewares, or source them from overseas.

  3. You can Avoid the Pitfalls of DIY

    Many homeowners like DIY projects because they have this notion that they can save a lot of money if they do it themselves. Sure, you know how to paint or put up wallpaper, but there are several instances when it’s best to leave it to the professionals. In the case of renovating heritage homes, there are also legal restrictions that you may not be aware of. Specialists know these restrictions and will be able to give you expert advice, while also considering your needs and lifestyle.

There’s a lot involved in the renovation of heritage homes. Professional interior designers like Mary Nemanic and her team can help you create a home you can truly call your own, while retaining the former glory of the property. Got something on your mind? We’d love to hear from you. Share your thoughts on the comment section below.

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