When the time comes to refresh a room, renovate a space or build a new home, most of us could benefit from the help of a professional interior designer. However, many people think it is too expensive to hire a designer. Others are concerned the designer will impose their own style and ignore the client’s preferences. As a homeowner myself, as well as someone who does this for a living, I am here to tell you a professional interior designer can make your life so much easier. Here are 10 reasons why to hire an interior designer:
1. Save Time
Between work, family and personal obligations, you probably have a busy life. This may leave you little or no time left for designing a new home or redesigning an existing home. Everything from researching, planning, ordering, purchasing, to installing and coordinating with contractors and subs…these tasks take a huge amount of time. An interior designer will help you lessen the burden, save you time and take care of the details for you. If you work with a professional designer, everything will be done quicker and you’ll be less stressed.
2. Save Money
One of the biggest myths is that interior designers are only for the rich and famous. In reality, an interior designer can save you a great deal of money and aggravation! A good designer will help you avoid costly mistakes and develop a manageable, realistic budget. They will make sure your project stays within that budget and that you don’t overspend.
3. Increase the Value of Your Home
An interior designer will help improve the aesthetic appearance and, in many cases, the layout of your home, which in turn will increase its value. When you are ready to sell your property, these improvements will draw more showings and speed up the amount of time your home sits on the market.
4. Establish a Plan of Action
From start to finish, so many factors come into play when redecorating, renovating or building a home. Without assistance, these factors may seem overwhelming and difficult to organize. An interior designer will provide a professional assessment of your project and establish a solid plan of action. Essentially, a designer will bring order to the process and help you determine a sequential timeline to follow.
5. Access to Resources and Products
Interior designers have access to discounted products and resources that are “to the trade only” and unavailable to the public. They are familiar with a large variety of products, and can propose less expensive alternatives to high-priced items. Designers also have existing relationships with vendors and manufacturers, and are well versed in the process of ordering and purchasing.
6. Bring Your Vision to Life
Whether traditional, modern or eclectic, you probably have a sense of the style you like. However, pulling together schemes and pieces to realize this style is difficult. An interior designer is trained to combine colors, furnishings and finishes that work together. With their design sense and attention to detail, your designer will help bring your vision to life.
7. Make the Most Out of Your Space
Interior designers are trained to think spatially and understand how the placement of each item affects the flow of a room. They will propose ways to maximize your space and find a place for everything so the room doesn’t seem cluttered. In addition, a designer will determine the best size and scale of furniture for your particular space.
8. Prepare Drawings & Documents
The majority of the information on your project is communicated using two-dimensional drawings, which will eventually be translated into three-dimensional reality. A professional designer, in the same way as an architect, is trained to prepare a set of drawings that use established conventions and clearly communicate the design. These include plans, sections, elevations, details and product specifications, that serve to obtain pricing from contractors/subs and explain how to assemble the project.
9. Access to Skilled Professionals
Designers regularly work and have access to a network of skilled professionals, such as structural engineers, architects, contractors, electricians, cabinet makers, painters, craftsmen, etc. Designers rarely work alone, they collaborate with others and function as a team to help you get the job done. A quality design team will provide better service and more savings in the long run.
10. Be Your Advocate
Most importantly, a good interior designer will have your back and fight for you. They will negotiate, coordinate and communicate your needs to vendors, consultants, builders, contractors and subs. They will ask questions you may not think of and propose solutions to problems that inevitably arise. A designer will make sure things run as smoothly as possible, and hopefully will become a loyal confidant!
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