Unless you’re a professional redecorator, a creative artist or a design consultant, it’s not a good idea to DIY when you’re planning to redesign your home. Studies have shown that a professionally designed interior, with designer touches can actually increase the worth of your property if you’re planning to rent or re-sell.
Home design companies specialize in just that – homes! They aren’t architects or building consultants, nor are they contractors or suppliers. This means that they can take up a home design job all the way from initial consultations with the home-owners right to finish with all installations, lighting, plumbing, soft furnishings, accessories, furniture and fittings in place for you to simply move in. However, if all you require is design advice, with the freedom to farm out the work to labor contractors with a little personal DIY, then you could opt for that too.
Expertise: A home design company can offer you the combined years of experience and expertise of their talented staff. Trained specifically in a design school or interior decorating firm, these specialists can quickly assess your needs, preferences, lifestyle and aspirations and come up with design options to suit your unique requirements. Many design options also consider the expanding needs of your family if you’re a younger person or the future reduction and management of your home if you’re an older person. They would also have knowledge of all licensing and building codes, building permits, tradesman’s permits, and insurance requirements. Many of them are members of certifying bodies and industry licensing organizations.
Craftsmanship: Many home design companies have tie-ups and professional links with superb craftspeople. This means you get products and designs that are exclusive and innovative. The quality of materials used would also be superior. However if you’re specifically on a budget, a design company would recommend big box buys and take advantage of special deals and offers to give you the best value.
Service: Professional home design companies have on their rolls staff who are dedicated and accountable to the company, so you don’t have the stress of trying to chase individual workers like cabinetry-workers, tile-layers etc. It’s also safer to have such staff around the house as they are known and accredited/licensed by the certifying agencies and are expected to treat you and your property with respect and care. The entire process will be documented, with clear time-frames, costs and most importantly, a documented chain of command and point of contact to answer your queries and concerns.
For perfect home design advice, think of getting it from a home design company!