Let’s start this conversation that no matter how great you are at choosing colors or using a nail gun, you will still need professional support of a general renovation contractor and/or an interior designer to your home remodeling.
When embarking on a renovation journey, you want to be sure you choose the right person to help you succeed. Depending on the level of work you’re planning to do, you might want an interior designer or a renovation contractor to help with your investment project. If you’re new to the renovation game, you might be wondering how the two differ and what the pros and cons are for each.
Interior designers are people who studied interior designing. They have extensive erudition relating to the maximum utilization of space as well as how certain spaces function. They may have decorating skills but is somehow dissimilar to an interior decorator in that they necessarily have technical designing skills.
On the other hand, renovation contractors are people that provide materials, equipment, labor, and other necessary services for the renovation project. They may hire sub-contractors to do specialized work if needed.
Getting the right renovation contractor can help the Interior designer’s work easy and convenient. Both should have a strong working relationship. Good communication makes their relationship stronger. If an interior designer suggested a detailed layout for a project, the contractor may be able to check for accuracy against any existing plumbing or electrical and make adjustments if needed. Also, a contractor may know where and how to get the services, material, labor, and equipment for the project.
A general contractor is able to cover a number of important basic functions and services. The services a general contractor offers, in fact, may vary depending on their specialty and your budget. These services may include:
Putting together drawings and developing a plan.
When you work with a general contractor, they will help make your ideas and dreams of reality. Many of them will put together the drawings, test to make sure that your plans are sound, and help you shape the plans for your renovation project.
Keep in mind, however, that when you work with a general contractor, the final designs are often based more on practicality than beauty—and if you’re renovating your space, that might not be your top priority.
Executing your design.
This is the basic purpose of a general contractor: coming in and taking care of the actual construction, plumbing, and other basic tasks required in order to complete your renovation project. They may bring on subcontractors to handle specific tasks, including electrical and wiring.
A general contractor will often offer basic budgeting services to their clients, letting them know how much they can expect a given service to cost. They may also be able to offer advice about how to bring a particular project under budget.
General contractors frequently manage their projects in-house and will bring on subcontractors they’ve worked within the past to help fulfill specialty construction needs.
Many general contractors appear to offer similar services to interior designers. They are responsible for the execution, but they will also put together the plans according to your specifications and help you get a solid look at what you can expect when your project is finished. Working with an interior designer, however, can offer a number of advantages to your project.
Working with an interior design company will often help take your renovation project to the next level. Interior design companies provide several basic functions that can help make you happier with your entire renovation project. But once you get the right contractor for your home remodeling the work of the interior designer is easier as most of the technical aspects of planning and work will be done by the contractor. The interior designer will just analyze, review and approved the work.
Albeit the project has been submitted to the renovation contract, the designer still needs to monitor the project’s progress. It must be consistently monitored to avoid delays and last-minute issues that may arise.
Truly the interior designers handle the life of your project, from preliminary design to helping oversee construction and troubleshooting design issues as they arise. Once construction is complete your contractor is finished with your project. You and your designer will continue to work on furnishings and finishing touches. It’s their job to bring all design decisions together to tell one story.
We know choosing people to work on your fix and flip can be a tough decision, but the more planning and research you do upfront, the better your experience will be.