Consider Working with a Designer
Interior designers, they only work for the rich and famous! Although design is a luxury service, that sentence could not be further from the truth. Most people don’t realize that working with a design professional is not only obtainable but in most cases essential.
If you are thinking of hiring a designer, look at your budget. Be prepared to discuss your goals and expectations for the project and working relationships. Your designer can guide you on ways to utilize their services most effectively, but you’ll need to understand how the process works.
If you’re contemplating the idea of having a professional take your entire project from concept to execution allow for approximately 20% of what you have to spend toward their fee. It may sound frightening, but working with a designer to choose colours, finishes or manage your entire project is actually going to save you money in the long run. Designers have various fee structures; some might charge an hourly rate, others will provide a flat fee or a percentage of total project costs. Ironing out these details is something we discuss with our initial consultation.
However, before you begin working with that professional understand that it’s a process. We provide our clients with our step-by-step process schedule so they are never guessing what comes next. Although some clients are surprised at the extensive development we put into the planning stages they are always thankful once complete. When you hire a designer, you open up your home and your vision to interpretation. Your home will not be completed within a day, was Rome built in a day? Realistically, you’re embarking on a long journey and it should be with someone you trust. We always say to involve the designer in the planning stages. Designers, architects and contractors can speak a very different language but together the professionals can work wonders.
Always remember why you chose to hire the designer in the first place. You may not love 100 percent of a designer’s suggestions right off the bat. Either it falls out of your comfort zone or clients just can’t see the bigger picture. However, if you trust your design professional you should recognize your designer recommended that piece of furniture or that wallpaper pattern or that layout because it’s the best fit for your space. If cost is a factor I always recommend breaking the project up into phases which allows our clients to purchase the best of what they can afford rather than settling for pieces that they will eventually change.
Are you investing in your home or yourself? Décor projects, no matter how extensive they may be, are an investment in you, simply put. It is placing your money into pieces that you can move with you anywhere you go and if you’re making good choices and purchasing quality pieces then it is something that will be with you for years to come. However, it will not influence the value of your home nor will it grow in price. So, if it’s a return on your investment you are looking for then invest in to your home; renovating, adding, extending or building can increase the value of your property and ultimately make you money. Putting in a new kitchen, remodeling your bathrooms or finishing your basement can be considered a business decision, the business of your home. Hiring a designer is part of that investment.