Whether you are looking to redesign or renovate the whole of your home or just a room or two, hiring an interior designer can be daunting. But it’s definitely something you should think about if you haven’t already done so.
Interior Designers are not just for the rich and famous like so many people believe, they can actually save you money. Yes you read that correctly! Hiring the right interior designer can save you money but not only that, they will save time and also take away the stress of the whole process.
You have invested lots of money into your home and want it to be the best that it can, and that’s why hiring an interior designer is quite possibly the smartest and most sensible decision you can make.
So how can an interior designer save me money?
You may think this could not be possible considering hiring someone to redesign your home will obviously provide you with added costs. But these costs can be repaid many times over with the savings your designer can make.
An experienced designer will compile a ‘Schedule of Works’ at the beginning of any project. This will have a detailed breakdown of pricing for each element involved. They will also be thinking about the small details and will know what to include before your final budget is agreed.
Of course it is essential to have a contingency in place for any unexpected costs that may occur during the renovations, especially when demolition is part of the works.
Interior designers know where to shop. They have the best resources at their fingertips and are usually given great trade discounts – which can be passed onto their clients. This will also save you time and energy researching different products, brands and pricing.
Hiring a professional will ensure mistakes aren’t made when making selections, a designer can very quickly steer you towards the right colours, materials, fixtures and fittings. Thus avoiding those costly mistakes and having to return or exchange any items.
Taking out the stress of the project!
A good interior designer will handle your project from start to finish. This means project managing contractors, ensuring orders arrive on time and organising and installing all furniture and accessorie items until the project is complete.
It’s handy to know that most designers will have their own preferred and approved contractors and suppliers. Usually these are people or businesses that they have worked with before so they are confident that their work will have a high standard and finish.
Important items that you want done correctly the first time, such as electrical outlets and lighting plans, will be thought about when considering furniture placement and room designs. Having these things addressed before construction begins will eliminate any issues. For example, you don’t want to have your seating area floating beautifully in the middle of your living room only to discover that there are no floor electrical sockets where you need them. It’s too late at the end of a project, so a designer will work backwards from the finished look to ensure everything is wired up correctly.
Bringing all of your dream ideas together is a lot harder than it looks. Lots of people have an interest in interiors, but the best interior designers think outside the box, have been through years of training and researching and can automatically tell you if there is something right or wrong with a space.
Interior designers are professionals with a trained eye, they have creativity, imagination and will be able to combine ideas in a cohesive way that will look polished and pulled together. Having an eye for detail, listening skills and great problem solving are also important traits for a great interior designer.
They are trained to think differently, spatially and to see an overall picture that clients often cannot. This will ensure your project does not take twice as long as it should, and will not cost twice as much.
Who to choose?
With so many options in the Interior Design field dying for your business, how do you choose the Interior Designer who is right for you?
- Research interior designers that are available, using one from the local area is advantageous as they can drop into site with minimum notice.
- Check their credentials:
Do they have formal qualifications? (not a 10 week wonder course)
Do they belong to the Design Institute of Australia – they have very strict criteria to be eligible
Ask for testimonials, not just written, but people you can call
Look at their website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page
Remember the interior design industry is unregulated and anyone can call themselves an interior designer so do your due diligence.
- Organise an initial meeting:
You will be charged an initial consultation fee but they will be there from 1.5 – 2 hours giving you a lot of ideas and information on what can be achieved, something that cannot be done in 15 minutes. Most interior designers will redeem this cost if you go ahead with their services.
- Decide on your budget:
Be realistic and up front, don’t tell them half way through the project that you have another $5000 for example. This will only compromise the overall design. Yes you do need a contingency fee especially if renovating but this is part of the total budget.
- Communicate with the designer throughout the project:
Be honest, it’s not nasty if you do not like something, give feedback but also realise design is always evolving and items seen in isolation may look incorrect. Trust is important.
- Reap the rewards of using an interior designer.
To find out about what interior design mistakes are commonly made by homeowners click here.