The Smart Reno team is well aware of the impacts COVID-19 has on the renovation industry. As we navigate through this uncertainty, we want to share some thoughts with you as we all navigate this rapidly evolving situation together.


First and foremost, our community's health and safety is our top priority. We do hope that you and your families are keeping safe.

Our website will remain functional and you can continue to reach our team by email or phone. We are happy to stay in touch to help you navigate through these challenging times.

Government imposed guidelines

As government guidelines are revised on a daily basis, we encourage both homeowners and contractors to follow the guidelines in their jurisdiction and adjust their normal way of doing business accordingly.

Some impacts may include:

  • Delayed projects for homeowners;
  • Delayed responses for new project submissions;
  • Delayed in-person visits from contractors for a quote;
  • Some materials may be temporarily out of stock.
What we can do in the meantime

Homeowners can continue to submit projects on our website, and take this time to thoroughly plan your home renovation projects to be ready once business resumes. As a reminder, Smart Reno offers a free Cost Estimator to help you plan your next renovation project.

We encourage our network of contractors to continue to engage in conversations with homeowners using alternative options like phone and video. Contractors can also submit quotes remotely, and help clients plan their next renovation to ensure they're prepared for the future.

Keep in touch

We want to hear from you! Do not hesitate to contact our team who are available to assist you through any of your home renovation needs.

Stay healthy!

The Smart Reno team
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Interior Design

Learn everything you should know about choosing to work with an interior designer

Need a designer?

Livingroom Kitchen Bathroom

It’s not always easy to know where to start when thinking about your renovation project. Where to find the right contractor? What materials to use? Should I make a plan? How much will it cost?... It’s normal to have those questions when starting a new project. Choosing to work with a designer will help you navigate those challenges.

Interior designer

Why choose to work with a designer?

Unfortunately, most of us are not born designers. It’s a profession in its own right, with guidelines, rules and best practices. A designer will be able to assist you each step of the way. Here are some of the benefits to collaborate with an interior designer. Indeed, it can help you whatever the project, whether it is a kitchen, a basement or an extension of a house.

  • Save time: the designer will plan for each step of the project.
  • Make sure that the final result will be in-line with your vision: the designer will take the time to understand your needs and will represent your interests with the various contractors working on the execution of your project.
  • Avoid mistakes that can become costly: with the plans drafted by the designer, you will be able to visualize your project and you will be provided with recommendations in order to optimize your space.
  • Pay the right price: he will help you choose the materials and make sure you pay the right price.
  • Facilitate communications: making sure to coordinate with all the contractors for the different trades, to save you the pain of connecting with each one.
  • Make sure you get the expected return on your investment: hiring an interior designer represents a bigger initial payment, but will ensure to protect the overall investment you are making on your project.

Role of an interior designer

  • Project management
  • Drafting plans
  • Budget management
  • Advice for selecting materials
  • Purchasing materials and furniture
  • Matching colours
  • Recommendation on the choice of contractors

How to choose a designer?

Making the right choice can be critical, as the designer will be the guardian of your project. Make sure to be on the same page in terms of understanding your tastes (industrial, urban, retro, classic, modern…)

Also, maintaining a good communication channel is essential all along the project.

Some elements to keep in mind:

  • 1
    Clearly define your needs, your style and your budget
  • 2
    Find inspirations from magazines and websites to help the designer better understand you
  • 3
    Look at the designer’s portfolio
  • 4
    Validate that the designer has worked on similar projects in the past
  • 5
    Ask for client referrals
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How much does a
designer cost?

$60 to $80


(Based on experience)


5% to 7%
of the total

The cost of a designer varies based on experience. The price structure can also vary, from an hourly rate to a fixed percentage of the project value.

Hourly rates will vary between 60$ and 80$. As for the percentage, plan for 5% to 7% of the total value of the project in professional fees.



= $25,000

So, for a $25,000 kitchen, you can anticipate a budget of:

$1,250 to $1,750
in designer fees

Need a designer?

Smart Reno has a network of qualified designers ready to guide you throughout your project.

We can refer you several interior designers who can draft a proposal for your project.

It’s free.
No obligation.

We find designers, you compare their proposals !