I love beautiful designs. I am always searching for new and innovative ideas for my renovations as well as my own home. Since I enjoy interior design so much, I am always looking at the latest trends and deciding which ones might stay around and which ones will be gone within a year.

But, if you don’t feel the same way as I do. You may find design to be a tad bit overwhelming, especially if you are just getting started in real estate investing. You may be wondering if you should hire a designer to help walk you through it, or if should you take the DIY approach and learn as you go. If you don’t have much (or any) experience in designing home renovations, I recommend calling a professional designer for help. Here’s why…

You Know What You Want – But You Don’t Know How to Tell Your Contractors

Home design and construction have their own specialized language that is very precise and informative. The problem is, most people don’t know how to speak that language. You may find yourself in love with the white, rectangular tiles you are seeing everywhere, but do you know how to ask for that particular tile when you are shopping for materials? If you mention subway tiles to anyone in the business, they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about, but if you don’t know their name it could take you a while to find what you are looking for.

This is one instance where working with a designer, at least for your first few flips, can be helpful. You can communicate with them about what you want, and they can help you learn the language. This way you’ll be able to easily see everything come together.

You are Working Under a Tight Deadline

If you are trying to finish rehabs and sell your flip house before you have to start paying off a hard money loan with a high interest rate, you are going to be working under a very tight deadline. The faster you are able to get the work done, the less money you’ll have to pay on interest payments. Unfortunately, if you haven’t designed rehabs, this process can take you a lot longer than you had planned. When you hire a professional to work with you on the design process, the work will get done a lot faster.

Learn to Work More Smoothly With Contractors

If you’ve never flipped a house before, working with contractors can be difficult. If you hire a designer, you can watch how they interact with the contractors. In turn, this will help you to work with them more effectively on future projects.

Designers Pay for Themselves in Better Quality and Faster Work

Finally, when you hire a designer, you receive many benefits that you wouldn’t be able to get on your own without a lot of experience. Professional designers have already made mistakes and have learned from them. They have many connections in the home remodeling and renovation business. They know how to optimize their time and they can get the best materials for your project without breaking the budget.

If you haven’t ever designed a home renovation before, your designer will practically pay for them self through the time and energy you will save. You will get higher quality work without the need to redo anything. Should you get design help for your next rehab? If the design phase of your last rehab gave you some extra gray hairs, then yes!