I’m curious if any of you REIs, who flip and hold single-family homes, find it beneficial to have an Interior Designer on your team?
Someone with connections to designer discounts on materials, relationships with textile vendors, a group of subcontractors, etc seems like they’d be an asset to your team.
And to be clear, I’m not talking about a Decorator. Most anyone can pick a paint color and some wood floors...
I’m talking about someone who can look at an existing floor plan and completely reconfigure the space while keeping codes, traffic flow, space usage, etc in mind.
@Sarah Mason sounds like you are talking about an architect or "residential designer". If you are doing major work then definitely use a professional to make sure you are good with permitting and local codes.
I think @Kevin Martin touched on this, but if an investor needs an architect already for re-configuring spaces, zoning, egress, wall removal, large changes and/or to get the design to a permit drawing set for filing with Municipality, then it's far less likely for that investor to also hire an interior designer (ID).
Even being biased as an architect and explaining the above, it's still a process to get investors to see and acknowledge the value of architects. I see IDs having an even bigger hurdle. @Sarah Mason
Jared Smith, RA
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