Today we live in a world where outsourcing overseas has become the norm. Domestic companies are choosing this route due to a lower perceived cost for a required product or service. Architectural rendering and visualization firms are part of the many industries that have been making the switch.
While it does make sense for companies to outsource their rendering needs to a visualization firm rather than keeping them in-house (read more here), choosing to outsource to a firm abroad rather than domestically can hurt the company more in the long run.
By hiring a domestic company or firm you will automatically have more control, fewer communication issues, a shorter delivery time, enhancement of the economy and community, and the ease of knowing where your rendering is coming from along with the designers’ skill set and certifications.
So what are the benefits of hiring a domestic architectural visualizations firm?
Shorter Delivery Time and More Efficient Communication
Most foreign architectural rendering and visualization firms have a four to six-week turnaround on projects. Even if they promise a shorter delivery time than that range, are you certain you will receive the final rendering within the promised time range? Language barriers and cultural differences can cause back and forth communication that could prolong your delivery to surpass your deadline. Though an overseas company may do most of their business in English, some popular phrases used here may be lost in translation. The extra time that you spend managing this process could be more detrimental to your project than the perceived lower price.
Time-zone issues may also cause longer delivery times and more of a hassle. It may be simple in the first step of sending your requirements, however what happens when you need to follow up and make revisions? With a time-zone that could be almost opposite of your own, you could be waiting for a significantly longer response time than you would with a domestic firm. This can cause a lot of back and forth communication as well, causing a longer delivery time.
By hiring a domestic architectural visualizations firm, you will save your company precious time without worry.
No Hidden Financial Costs
By hiring abroad, with longer communication times and back and forth revisions, you run the risk of hidden costs that you may be surprised with in the end. Depending on the project and its revisions, you may be charged at an hourly rate without realizing it. Due to a lack of efficient communication, these hours could add up fast.
Though there is a perceived lower cost when hiring abroad versus hiring domestically, you should be able to find competitive pricing with the right domestic firm. It may not match up exactly to what the foreign company is offering, but there are several other factors that you will save on by going this route. Bottom line, by choosing the right domestic firm with no communication barriers, it is a lot easier to see your costs upfront vs. a big surprise when your project is delivered to you.
Consistency in Completed Renderings & Visualizations
Many large foreign rendering firms have several locations with hundreds of designers working on projects. By outsourcing abroad you will most likely get different designers from that firm with varying skill and certification levels each time you send a project to them. Their completed renderings might look decent, however they could have a completely different style from one another. This becomes an issue when trying to keep consistency in your materials on your website and in your sales offices.
When choosing a domestic architectural visualizations firm and continuing to use the same firm project after project, you are likely to develop a nice relationship with them. This allows that firm to get to know you and the style that is best for your company, resulting in more consistent renderings each time you use their services.
Community Well-Being and Boosting the Economy
By outsourcing abroad you may not be contributing to the economy that you work, sleep, breathe, eat, and live in. Instead of putting money back into our economy, it would be going elsewhere. This can cause layoffs in domestic rendering firms and the unemployment rate to rise. As of May 2018, the unemployment rate in the United States was at 3.9%, the lowest rate since 2000! Lets help keep it that way by continuing to hire domestic architectural visualization firms!
In conclusion, though hiring an architectural visualization firm abroad may look and sound appealing due to the perceived lower financial costs, you may want to reconsider this choice. It should prove to be far more beneficial for you, your company, and the economy to hire domestically.
By collaborating with our team at Artistic Visions LLC, you not only get first-rate, high quality illustrations, but you also get a one of a kind service focused on you! We hold our professional relationships as a high priority along with our consistent artistic and technological advancements. We have an excellent innovative hired team of architects and designers who have years of knowledge and expertise in the industry. Located in historic Stuart, Florida, we are able to translate your ideas to portray your projects in the way you intended. By using our services and building a relationship with us, you can trust us to receive photo-realistic renderings at competitive pricing with a quick delivery time, averaging two weeks.
If you are looking for top of the line renderings, contact Artistic Visions, LLC today for a quote.