Renovating your home can be exciting yet at the same time, it can be stressful and confusing. Deciding on whether to hire an Interior Designer or a Renovation Contractor is entirely up to you and your renovation needs.

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However, It is important to understand how they are different in many aspects. Although these two option seems to provide similar services at a glance. It is good to understand the nature of their work so you would know who you should pick for your Home Renovation.

An Interior Designer is someone who coordinates and manages Renovation projects. They’re able to conceptualize ideas and design a specific lifestyle for your needs. Overseeing the entire project which includes liaising with contractors, furniture shopping with homeowners, and ensuring the harmonious theme throughout the house.

On the other hand, a Contractor only executes the Renovation works requested by the homeowner and does not offer design service or has design advice. Depending on the homeowner’s requirements, the contractor may liaise with sub-contractors such as electricians, plumbers, and painters to carry out the Renovation works.

As you probably can tell from the above-stated, Interior Designers provide more services compared to Renovation contractors. Therefore, it usually costs more to hire an Interior Designer than a Contractor.

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Well, ask yourself some questions before deciding to hire a Renovation Contractor or an Interior Designer:

1. Do you want to be involved in the project?

While most people are happy to take a step back and let the Interior Designer oversee the entire renovation process. It requires not only time but the commitment, knowledge, experience, and patience to be involved in the Renovation process.

2. Do you place priority on Design and Service?

If you already know how to visualize your Dream Home, Contractors would be there to do what you want. However, they do not suggest or advise for your design for your Dream Home coming true. If you hire Renovation contractors, you may spend a lot more time on Pinterest or read tons of Interior design articles to bring the entire visual come true.

If you don’t have the right experience, or way to bring out your vision as a whole. It’s better to hire an Interior Designer so that the homeowner could understand better their own preference, especially ID is able to create 3D drawing visual before the actual Renovation begin. Ensuring all the measurements and dimensions are correct is foremost too.

3. Do you have time?

Different contractors may specialize in different areas, and they may not have an overview of the entire renovation process. As such the timeline set for the project may have unpredicted delays. You can rely on the service of the Interior Designer if you have limited time to be involved in coordinating the entire renovation progress.

4. Do you have a Tight Budget?

Your budget may ultimately determine your final pick as you should weigh the pros and cons carefully while having a tight budget. For instance, if you’re hiring contractors and don’t mind being involved in the project you may save your cost for coordination service by an Interior Designer.

Generally… if you want peace of mind, hire an Interior Designer. If you’re having a really tight budget, you may consider talking to a Renovation contractor.

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