Renovation Contractor vs Interior Designer: Picking the Right One


Just gotten the key to your new home? Or looking to renovate the house you’ve been living in for the past 15 years?

Home renovation can be a daunting task and therefore it’s best to seek the help of professionals.

One of the first things to think about is who will carry out the renovation. Some people will tell you to go to a contractor, and some might point you to an interior designer. Let’s highlight the facts and let you decide.

The Renovation Contractor

reno contractorA renovation contractor typically works with whatever specifications a homeowner would provide them. While some might offer suggestions on structural issues, contractors won’t usually discuss design ideas with you. They will get on with the renovation with minimal consultation.

In most cases, a contractor would get a subcontractor into the project to take care of the electrical wirings, carpentry, and piping works, etc. You can opt to get your own subcontractor too, and that means spending more time looking for the right people to work with.

Contractors will bill you for the construction services rendered, and it’s highly unlikely they will be calling you to check back on the work they have done.

Hiring a contractor may cost less because you’ll be managing the project yourself. You provide the design specs and the contractor executes it.

So, if you have a relatively limited budget and the design is simple enough, a contractor would make a sound option. Just be sure that you and the contractor are on the same page with execution of the project. Rectification works after the renovation can be more costly and may overshoot your budget.

Keep in mind that you’ll be doing a great deal of project management for the whole duration of the home renovation. This means keeping tabs on every facet of the construction.

If you will be the one to source the subcontractor, you have to know when they will come in to do their job. Brushing up on your negotiation skills might also help you get a good deal with the subcontractor.

In addition, expect to spend a considerable amount of time with the project since you’ll be managing everything yourself.

The Interior Designer

idIn most cases, interior designers can manage every aspect of your home renovation. They are essentially a one-stop-shop if you’re too busy to be handling the project or if you want to incorporate a professional touch in the design of your home.

If you need new design ideas or you’re looking to improve on an existing plan, an interior designer can definitely help you brainstorm design concepts that can suit your taste and style.

There’s going to be a great deal of consultations and meetings before you and the interior designer can even get started with the work. You will be presented with detailed 3D drawings and comprehensive floor plans. This allows the designer to get a clearer picture of what you want for the finished look.

Interior designers are project managers; they can assist with looking for contractors and materials. As their client, you will receive quotations in which you have the final say. They can even help you choose home furniture and decors, or you can have them do it for you.

If you’re new to the area, it can be quite difficult to find trusted contractors and subcontractors. Reputable interior designers can provide you with certifications, awards, and portfolios that can help put your mind at ease. The money you’ll be putting down will be a sizeable amount; you are well within your rights to know you’re dealing with proven, reputable professionals.

You only want the best for your home, and getting an interior designer on board should provide just that, if not better. From design consultations to sourcing, to the actual renovation up until choosing home furnishings, the interior designer will be there at every stage of the process. That’s money well spent for such a dedicated service with only one purpose – your 100% satisfaction.

Contact us today if you’re still undecided with whom to get for your home renovation project!