Interior Stop Blaming Just The IDs: Here’s The Less-Talked About Side Of The Renovation Industry

  • March 13, 2022
  • 15 min read
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Adriano

Adriano is an old school real estate guy. Prior to establishing his own architectural/engineering design firm in New York City, he’s worked for a Brooklyn-based developer developing multifamily residential projects across the 5-Boroughs. In Singapore, he has experience with managing hospitality projects and rehabilitation of conservation shophouses. In his free time, he enjoys photography.

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Sean
Sean

So what’s the best way to arrive at a win win situation?

Gary
Gary

@Sean, perhaps it’s how we define expectations from the start? If you’re not going to trust and pay what @Adriano provides, then it might be better for any salesperson to walk away.

Renga
Renga

I think ,for those who don’t know which design go with and depend on the ID’s without much input is a recipe for disaster. I did my reno with the second ID I meet, and all was sorted out in just three days ,with quote ,payment terms and project start date and finish date ,all when well with a few changes in between. All this happened during Covid 19 lurking around and those stop work order may kick in anytime in 2020 October. Every little thing that I wanted was detailed in writing and some go with pictures from the… Read more »

Stacked Homes
Stacked Homes

Wow! Happy to hear that you had such a smooth experience. Not everyone have been this lucky though!

Dave
Dave

Seems like a chicken and egg problem. I definitely understand that people should be paid for the skills and time commitment. However, skills are subjective, and how would the average consumer know whether the contractors employed by the IF are worth paying for? For such a large sum of money, you can’t fault anyone for being too careful since it can’t be objectively measured. Seems the best way is to build brand and reputation over time. Also show casing previous work done and getting testimonials would be helpful to gain consumer trust. There will be folks who nitpick on each… Read more »

Stacked Homes
Stacked Homes

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this Dave!

MBG
MBG

Agree with comment from Dave, that ID skills are subjective.
Are there any real industry certifications for IDs here? I understand anyone can call themselves IDs, eventhough some are really contractors. Low barrier to entry. And boy have I seen a lot of ugly homes – which local agents will describe as having “designer deco”… !
Apart from the design and aesthetic aspects too, I’m sure we have all heard of or personally experienced many practical flaws in renovation projects.
Great article Adriano.

Benjamin Chng
Benjamin Chng

The ID interior designers have less process to follow as BCA has only valid the licence but have not mandate a right process for all to follow. As much as i appreciate their industry of work that is hectic and messy and times when managing all the sub contractors, it is important to select the right ID (person in fact) to manage the project.

Clement
Clement

Any contacts! Were looking for ID for my new bto haha

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