Hiring an Interior Designer is no small expense, and it’s natural to question whether the benefits are worth the cost. After all, many homeowners get by without one, right? ID.ology Interiors & Design‘s design director, Allison Detmer, lends her expertise to this very valid question.

“To be honest, it depends,” Allison says. “Not everybody needs an interior designer. If you have good design sense, you know what you want, you know what you need, and you know how/where to get everything, you can really do without one.”

For other people, hiring a designer is well worth the investment. “Designers get a bad rap,” observes Allison. “People think they just want to frivolously spend your money, but that is not the case. They want you to have the right design, with no regrets.”

Allison notes that when it comes to construction, hiring a designer can actually save homeowners money. “You might think, ‘hey, I’ve picked my own tile out, I don’t need a designer for my new build,’ says Allison. “The truth is, there are a lot of moving parts to building a house, and homeowners don’t always know which parts affect the others, or how individual decisions will affect overall costs. Designers can organize and streamline the process and ensure that every selection supports your design goals and works with your budget.

“Designers will study the home’s original drawings and rendering to make sure everything is done right the first time. They also act as a mediator between the homeowner and the builder. They’re able to communicate a homeowner’s needs in a way the builder understands, and vice versa. This prevents costly mistakes and smooths out the selection process.”

In the end, a designer’s main purpose is to support homeowners and help them achieve their goals in an efficient and cost-effective way. “Some people may not need this kind of help,” says Allison. “But for those who do, it’s worth every penny, and then some.”

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