Hiring a Designer for Your Home Renovation: What You Need to Know
When you want to change your home to meet your needs, the most essential part of the process is choosing the right designer. As with any creative endeavor, if you hand over your home, your ideas, your aesthetic and needs, no two designers will create exactly the same final project. So, hiring the right designer for your home renovation is critical.
We wish we could point you to exactly the right designer for you, but what we can do is tell you what the right designer should offer. From there, looking at their work will help you know who to say “yes” to.
Here’s what any home renovation designer should offer you:
Access to The Highest Quality Materials
Delays and disappointments come from working with a home renovation designer who doesn’t have a good relationship with their suppliers or who can’t get you the latest, most high-quality materials and finishes. You need the option to choose the best, and Team Shane can get you that.
Exceptional Listening Skills
When you’re looking through a designer’s portfolio, what you don’t see is the client’s needs and how the designer listened to them and adjusted the design to fulfill them. Ask potential designers about the challenges of their project and how they made changes based on the client’s feedback to really understand if they can listen.
Regular, Personal Contact
You’ll be anxious during the renovation, that’s normal. A great designer will provide you with regular updates from your designated point of contact. This person should be highly trained, completely upfront and always ready to answer your questions.
Complete Permit and Paperwork Management
As the homeowner, you should not be the one to handle any permits, paperwork or inspections. Your designer should handle the entire paperwork process, apart from anything you need to sign with them. They should be better equipped to deal with the permit office and should be happy to take that stress off your plate.
Fused Design Skills
Looking at many of the most successful home renovations you will find that the best blend in with the rest of the home’s style while also offering something new. Maybe the new space is more modern, minimalist, coastal, or rustic than the rest of the home. But, the whole home still needs to flow. The best designers can fuse together different spaces and styles to create something elegant.
Full, Long Warranties
The right designer has faith in their skills and knows that their build team will do an exceptional job executing their vision. This means that they can, and should, offer full and long warranties on all of their work. Team Shane provides a full 5-year warranty on all of the work that we do.
Team Shane provides everything that you need in a home renovation designer, from listening skills to regular, personal contact throughout your project. Reach out to us today to discuss if we are the right designers for your project.