I often get asked how an interior designer can save someone time and money when it cost money to hire one! Well, today I am going to give you my top 5 ways that interior designers can save you money on your next design project.
One of the biggest obstacles people have with a renovation project is how to get started. They have a general idea of what they want, but have no idea how to go about it. Homeowners often spend HOURS on Pinterest or watching HGTV shows to try and figure out what they want only to end up more frustrated than when they started. I can not only design the whole space, but I can also create a plan of action.
I can give you a realistic investment amount for your project. Generally people have no idea how much a renovation is going to cost. Yet, that doesn’t mean there’s an unlimited budget to do whatever. It’s my job to identify your top needs and give you a range.
Once an investment level has been established, I help you stick to that number. We also know where to spend and where to save to help you stay within your investment amount. There are places you want to spend money on, like kitchen cabinets or a sofa, and a place where you can save money.
Especially when it comes to layout and selecting finishes... A good designer is trained to make sure your furniture will fit in a space before it’s ordered or that you have enough room between your dishwasher and island so that it can open fully! We are also going to look at the project as a whole. I am going to make sure that the design scheme is cohesive and functional.
When you work with a trained designer, there are processes we have that helps keep a project running smoothly and on time. I have a process that I follow for every design project-no matter the size. My processes are in place to make sure that the project runs as smoothly as possible. That’s not to say that things won’t go wrong, because they will. They do in every project, but I also have processes in place to deal with problems that arise.
Time is money. Project management is an important part of the whole design process. I am able to coordinate everything between the contractor, architect, and trades. It’s my job to make sure the product is there when needed so everything is ready to go.
We also have access to better resources. Plus if you’re spending money to hire a designer, do you really want a house that looks like everyone else's? I have access to all kinds of different vendors that don’t sell to the general public. This allows me to create a unique design that is just for you. It also means you are getting a better quality product.
I can actually help you make money! Making smart renovation decisions now, can help you get a higher price if and when you decide to sell your house. The majority of buyers are looking for a house that is already done and ready to move into. I can also guide you to make sure you don’t over improve your home for the area.
Now that you know my top 5 reasons for hiring a designer, I also wanted to share with you why interior design is so important. We spend 90% of our time indoors. These days, the majority of that time is spent at home. It’s so important to have a house that is supporting your overall well being.
Good design improves the functionality of the space. Nothing is more frustrating than a space that isn’t functional. It doesn’t matter how aesthetically pleasing it is if it’s not functional.
Color mixing. I know how to mix colors in a way that is pleasing to the eye. I also know how to mix patterns and how to create a cohesive color palette throughout the home. Color also affects our mood so it’s important to chose wisely!
Good design lets you express your own unique style. We are all uniquely different and your home should reflect that!
Every designer works differently. I like to start off all my projects with a free 15 minute phone call. This lets you get to know me better and I get to learn more about your project to see if we are a good fit. If you’re interested, you can schedule on here.
If we are a good fit, great! I have several different design packages to fit people’s needs based on the scope of their project.
During the project phase, you should look for someone who is going to listen to your wants and needs. This is your home after all. It’s my job to push you a little and make sure we aren’t doing anything crazy and unrealistic! It’s a partnership.
Nothing makes me happier than when my clients tell me how much they are enjoying their new space!