Hiring an Interior Designer vs Doing It Yourself

Almost every homeowner faces this question at some point; do I hire an interior designer or should I do the job myself? Let's get straight to the pros and cons to help you decide.

A. Pros

I. Maximizing Utility

Interior design is an art. An interior designer doesn't simply pick colors for your walls and drapes. They maximize the functionality of your apartment. A lot of research goes into what they do. If your apartment is small, an interior designer will get you the best deals on built-in furniture. If your apartment is large, he/she will help you fill it up without making it look cluttered.

II. Access to Great Furnishing

Here's a little secret. Most of the great furniture and upholstery that you see in magazines are not available in retail. Interior designers have all the right contacts and access to a great supply of furnishings that you wouldn't find elsewhere. So, while they may charge you for their professional guidance, you save money by investing in quality products which will prove sturdy in the long run.

III. Expert Guidance

Undoubtedly the greatest benefit of all. It is often worth paying that extra buck to uplift the value of your home through fabulous interior design. Moreover, most designers can work within your budget. This is a double lottery. You get fabulous decor and cost-effective interior design too. Above all, you will get peace of mind to go about your routine.

B. Cons

I. Lack of Control

Keep in mind that hiring an interior designer means ceding control of your apartment. This could prove to be testing for those who are not comfortable with this kind of trust. Interior design takes time and effort and this means involving the designer and making time for him/her in your home and routine.

II. Handling the Expense

The cost of hiring an interior designer does not fall into everyone's budget. If you are on a shoestring budget, then consider doing some research online and finding an interior designer who is willing to provide layout plans online at a reasonable rate.

III. Conflict of Opinion

While an interior designer will surely keep your ideas at the top of the list, it is inevitable that the design will reflect a part of their style too. Be open to ideas and suggestions. If, however, you are someone who likes to take charge and do things yourself, then hiring an interior designer may not be right for you.

The Final Verdict

Your decision rests on a couple of factors. The main ones being time, personality, and research. The time that you have at hand is very important. If you're rushing to work every day, then you may need assistance doing up your home. Rushing through designing on your own will leave your home looking messy, like an afterthought.

The second consideration is your personality. Are you someone who knows how to design a home from scratch? Do you have the patience to go through with the huge project that is interior design? And finally, do you have the right contacts among carpenters, electricians, and other sub-contractors? If you can satisfactorily answer these with a yes, then you're good to go on your own.

Lastly, do your research. Carefully look at the portfolio and price range of the interior designer that you plan to hire. Remember that a higher price doesn't always guarantee better results. Do keep in mind that ultimately hiring an interior designer can prove to be a good decision and money well invested.

Joanna D'Souza

Joanna D'Souza

Joanna is a writer and pet parent. She spends time away from work with her dog and traveling with her husband. She’s a fan of the Beatles and loves rock and pop from the 80's.

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