When it comes to remodeling your home, there’s much more to plan for than meets the eye. There are hundreds of remodeling companies out there that claim to be the best, but is it really a remodeling company that you want? These days it takes more than just a good remodeling company to complete a home renovation or remodeling project. Customers want something that’s 100% custom designed and created for them alone. That’s why these days a remodeling company simply won’t do. If you want the best-possible finished product, you’ll need to find a designer, too.

What’s the difference between a designer and a remodeler, you ask? There are some really important distinctions between designers and remodelers that can make (or break) the result of your remodeling project, we’ve laid them out for you below.

If your’e planning something as intimate as a home building or remodeling project, it’s important to think of how the design and functionality will work with the personality of your household, both short term and long term. Not knocking remodelers or general contractors, but their goal is usually to satisfy their client’s requests in the most simple and straightforward way possible. Usually, this includes sending the client to their local cabinet or plumbing supplier to pick out fixtures, accents, and other necessaries in the style that they like. While this is a surefire way to use building materials that the client approves of, the client’s choices may not be the best fit for the project.

On the other hand, designers will sit down with their client, get a full vision and scope of the project, and produce a design that addresses both functionality and aesthetics. A good designer will be well-versed in design principles, have a real knack for knowing their client’s style, and be able to blend it all together into a well-built finished product.

Experienced designers know all the tricks, which will end up saving you time and money. With superior storage-maximizing skills and the ability to head off potential problems at the pass, a good designer is worth their weight in gold. They can give you smart substitutions for high-end building materials, recommend specialists for certain jobs, and most importantly work within your budget.

The average remodeling company may subcontract-out parts of their jobs, which can result in subpar workmanship and increased costs. Or, even worse, the company may have no sense of design and build a remodel that’s both non-functional and unable to resell. Remember this rule of thumb: in the current real estate market, you should be able to recuperate between 87 percent and 125 percent of your investment when remodeling.

Ideally, no matter what budget you’re working with or type of remodel you want to have done, the company you choose for your next remodeling project should be skilled at both design and construction.