Why hire a renovation contractor over an interior designer?Interior Design & Decor
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A lot's been said about the advantages that interior designers offer over renovation contractors. But there has to be a reason why contractors remain popular! This article is an attempt to make sense of things
So here's a pointer or two to justify the status quo. Knowing the ups and downs of both professionals is helpful, and that's the purpose of this article!
contractors charge 20% to 50% less
The biggest advantage that contractors offer pricing - a big, whopping 20 to 50 percent less.
By omitting the planning phase, contractors are able to take on several projects at a time, which
translates nicely into superior economies of scale and lower price.
Be sure to check out their
credentials, though, as the skill and knowledge of contractors can vary
greatly (what you really want are general contractors, the guys who have the experience and capabilities of handling entire construction projects from the ground up).
No, bigger isn’t always better, and the same logic applies to paying more. Image courtesy of Pixabay.
2. Familiarity with their work equals quicker, better results with fewer errors.
Not straying too far from the formula they’ve used and
revised a gazillion times also breeds familiarity, which in turn translates into
quicker, more efficient work action and fewer errors to boot.
Naturally, this makes their services more attractive to anyone who isn’t overly concerned with how the job ends up looking just as long as more important criterion like safety, functionality, budget restrictions are met.
Contrary to what interior design fanatics will have you believe, traditional renovation contractors are not mindless automatons that will turn your home into a dungeon from the 7th level of hell if you don't tell them exactly what they need to do.
Though they will go to work using standard templates, with ample
direction contractors can be every bit as capable and (unless you're an
absolute perfectionist) will build you something decent, even beautiful.
Here's an interior design idea to get you started.
And BY THE WAY, isn’t an interior designer really just glorified
contractor to begin with, or someone who works closely with a contractor (and sub-contractors)? So while they're less interested in entertaining your requests for extra snazz, the end
product that they can come up with can be surprisingly, dare we use the word, beautiful.
A stylish lighted ceiling; design and image courtesy of W ONE STOP Renovation.
– find a reliable renovation contractor in Johor Bahru today and SAVE MONEY!
designers do not necessarily save you time
One of the key advantages that interior designers
offer is the high level of autonomy they take on. In a perfect world, this
should free clients of all responsibility associated with the renovation
project. But things don’t always go s smoothly.
Just as the “resource curse” causes the economies of
resource rich nations to backfire, the high prices that interior designers
command naturally makes clients feel that they deserve nothing less than perfection - a situation that could delay entire projects indefinitely and send them spiraling into development hell.
The moral of the story: if you (the client) have a clear idea of what the final result should look like then you’re probably better off heading straight to a contractor. Hey, and there are a few of us who genuinely enjoy being in charge of everything, and thus hiring a contractor will give these individuals the sense of control they need. You mean control freak! O_O (just kidding!).
3. The renovation contractor does not asks questions
Renovation contractors do what they’re told, which isn’t always a bad thing.
For one, they’d have no inclination to push an idea that’s not yours down your throat. Artsy types are notorious for having strong opinions, and the businessman among them to cut cost.
The interior designer from hell. Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
Whatever the motive, I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to convince their clients to shove their ideas aside in favour of accepting what they have in mind (usually their specialty design) with the goal of simplifying the planning phase (which, incidentally, is what they’re paid to do), all the while adding another notch to their list of achievements (portfolio). And if their clients were utterly clueless about renovation (which is likely since it is clients who don’t want to bother knowing anything who go to them), who’d be the wiser?
Agreeing to give your interior designer your contact details could also open the flood gates to a torrent of “helpful suggestions” to get you to do what they suggest is “best”. Never mind what you want. And to think that you agreed to pay them that hefty extra amount of money.
If you have a solid idea for your renovation, why not go straight to reliable contractor in Johor Bahru? You’ll be happy you saved money!
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