We want your interior design project to be successful, so we’re spilling the beans! We’re passing on tips to help you avoid making the most common mistakes we’ve seen on projects over the years. We know that successful projects don’t just happen by accident; in part 3 of our series we’ll explain why General Contractors are worth their weight in gold.
Perhaps you could do the work yourself, but should you? If you like the quality workmanship pictured here (designed by BlackSheep UK) we advise that you do it right by hiring a General Contractor.
Tip #3: Do it right, hire a General Contractor.
“But I can just do the work myself”. We cringe a bit every time we hear this statement. Sure, you could do the work yourself, but didn’t you hire us to help you create the perfect space? We always educate our clients; read on to learn why it’s so important to hire a General Contractor.
You may have the most amazing Interior Designer in the world, but without a reputable General Contractor, your space may not turn out like this one (designed by Jerilyn Wright and Associates).
As commercial Interior Designers, we are only as good as our General Contractor (GC) and their trades. With an experienced and qualified Contractor, the interior space we designed for your business is realized to its fullest potential. In our opinion, the GC is worth their weight in gold and here’s why.
Your Time is Money
For all business owners time really is money. Your value and true skill set is in running your business not swinging a hammer or organizing trades. Whether you are opening a new company or expanding an existing one, your time is far more valuable taking care of your business duties. You wouldn’t hire a surgeon to work on your car, would you? So, do what you do best and hire someone, in this case a GC, to do what they do best.
The sooner this salon (designed by Dirk van Berkel) could open it’s doors, the faster they could fill those chairs and begin to profit. Reap the reward of an early (or at least on-schedule) opening by hiring a professional to take care of construction.
Accelerate the Construction Process
Use a reputable GC and we assure the construction process will be over before you know it. In most cases, when business owners decide to wear the hard hat, the construction process takes much longer than it would if a GC had been hired.
Why? A reliable GC has experience and training to draw from and this promotes productivity on the job site. This experience also allows them to quickly solve problems and avoid those “rooky” mistakes you may make by taking on their role.
There is no one who could do your job as well (or as fast) as you; it’s the same for a GC. Get your doors open sooner by investing in a General Contractor.
The space above designed by OPA Studio was definitely constructed by professionals. Invest in a quality space that will last for years to come by hiring a GC.
Potentially Save Money
There is a very strong possibility that if you hire a General Contractor, you could in fact save money. GC’s have established relationships with a variety of trades. This means they often get far better pricing than you would. Moreover, if you decide to tender your project to multiple GC’s the pricing you receive will be extremely competitive.
Not only can the GC provide better pricing than you could obtain, but you now have the time to generate sales, network, advertise, purchase, etc. This just makes good business sense.
Invest in Quality
We know that when you hire a professional you are investing in quality. Tenant fit outs and renovations are expensive, wouldn’t you prefer to invest your money in something that will last long term? Not only is quality good for the environment, but it’s good for your bottom line. Hire a GC and get that beautiful space you’ve worked so hard to achieve.
Convinced that hiring a GC is the right way to go? Surely the owner of this wine bar pictured above had a little help from their design team at Studio Opa. We can help you too; see the link below for tips to selecting the right contractor for your project.
We hope this information inspires you to invest in a General Contractor. For tips on selecting the right contractor for your project click here. Check back often, we don’t want you to miss our remaining 2 tips.
» Need help finding a General Contractor? Contact Hatch Interior Design located in Kelowna, British Columbia – Because Good Design is Good Business.