Starting with a Professional Interior Designer

Summertime for some people is a time to travel, entertain or just relax.  For others it may be a time to finish projects or begin new ones in preparation for the hustle and bustle of fall and the holiday season.  Whatever your motivation for thinking about or starting a home project there is one thing to consider before diving in.  With so many decisions to make while remodeling or redecorating, it only makes sense to have someone you can trust to bring things together for the best result.  A designer can coordinate all of the many moving parts to bring your vision into reality without all of the worry or stress on your part.  We have come up with some important considerations when selecting a professional designer to help you in your home.

Design

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            Creativity, communication skills, experience, a sense of function and practical application as well as management skills are just some of the characteristics to look for when selecting your designer and their team of professionals.  Your designer should ask many questions that pertain to the lifestyle you and your family lead.  Depending upon your design needs, your designer should be able to offer suggestions and ideas that you may have never thought of on your own.  Creative choices that make sense, along with visual aids that help you discover better design solutions, should be presented to you during a formal presentation.  These presentations are essential in showing the vision they have come up with for your space and allowing you a real picture that takes the guessing out of the end result.  The design team you choose for your project should understand the importance of the areas you have decided to remodel, and purposely create a design that will be timeless, to serve you and your family for many years to come.  Interior designers also have access to a large selection of products, materials and furnishings that are only available “to the trade”.  If you want a look that is unique and beautiful contacting an interior designer is the best way to accomplish that goal.

Budget

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            Budget is a word that we all need to get comfortable with.  Your designer should not be afraid to talk about a budget.  In order to proceed with confidence, it should be one of the first subjects discussed at the first meeting.  In order to achieve the best end result for your project, and maintain a comfortable relationship with your designer and any additional trades that may be involved; the “budget” must be considered a priority.  Before deciding upon your budget be sure you know what type of quality you are looking for.  A designer has the expertise to determine where they need to spend more money and where they can get away with spending less, trust them and communicate what is important to you.  Everyone’s homes and budgets are different and unique.  Be sure to be truthful with yourself as well as the designer from the get-go.  As projects develop excitement builds and expectations sometimes grow grander.  For instance, at the beginning of the project you may have thought you wanted a few simple changes but before you know it, what was a small job grows into a larger job and a growing budget.  It is important for your designer to know exactly what you are comfortable spending and then it is their responsibility to stick to that budget and also to let you know if your budget is reasonable for the type of project you would like to complete.  Your designer has the experience and expertise to know what things should cost and can help you to determine what you can and can’t do on your budget.  With open communication your designer will be able to save you money by making decisions that will reflect sensible design choices.

Schedule

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Once the budget has been established, the designs have been approved, and orders have been placed, keeping the project moving forward in a timely fashion becomes the next priority.  It is your home, your time and it is your money that is the most important.  With careful consideration, your designer and their team of professionals should be able to put together a schedule so that all parties involved understand and stay committed to the time frame.

Expediting and Delivery

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Quality control on products and furnishings play a major role in a designer’s world.  As items are shipped from all over the world, it is the duty of the designer to make sure your products are delivered and installed in good condition.  Craftsmanship of all furnishings is inspected by the designer before authorizing delivery to their client.  Coordinating deliveries and installations with multiple vendors and trades can be challenging, but a designer can make this process smooth and seamless to ensure the project is completed with the best possible results and the design you dreamed of.

Value

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People find value in different things when it comes to home improvement.  Whether it is time, money, quality or a combination of these things; a designer can actually add value to all of these areas.

  • Save Money: As mentioned above, an interior designer can help you to avoid costly mistakes that may occur when you take on a project yourself. Pulling from their expertise they can save you money not just with knowledge of products but also with your time.  Spending your own time doing large amounts of research could be time away from you working at a job where you are the expert.  Designers also have a large amount of resources and contacts to pull from.  Contractors and other tradesmen may even give better pricing when they know a designer is involved because the time frame is more reliable and structured.  Another area where hiring a designer can be cost effective is what they can do for your home’s resale value.  Having a professionally designed home can potentially add a great deal to the aesthetic of you home, which in turn can increase showings and sales.  It can help boost buyer appeal and set your home apart from the competition, speeding up the amount of time your home sits on the market.  The benefit here is not only a faster turnaround time, but more money in your pocket.
  • Save Time: While a designer does take time to pull together all of the aspects of a design plan, they already have the product knowledge to do this more quickly than taking it on yourself. Designers also have plenty of experience with scheduling and overseeing a job to ensure that it runs smoothly and on schedule.
  • Quality: This pretty much speaks for itself, it can be seen not only in the finished look of your home but in the overall experience. Hiring a designer can make the experience fun and exciting, rather than stressful and irritating.  Designer’s can be fantastic liaisons’ between couples, families and contractors, saving relationships and communication breakdowns.

With so many reality design shows and websites at your fingertips that make design look easy and fun, it may be tempting to roll up your sleeves and try your hand at interior design.  With all of the reasons listed above you may find that having a designer on your team may be time and money well spent.  Calling in a professional is a sure way to get the end result you are really looking for and still be an active part of the process.