7 Valuable Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer
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 7 valuable reasons to hire an interior designer:
1. Save Time
Between work, family and personal obligations, you probably have a busy life. Everything from researching, planning, ordering, purchasing, to installing and coordinating with contractors and vendors…these tasks take a great deal of time. An interior designer will help you lessen the burden, take care of the details, and you will 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. In addition, 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.
3. 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.
4. Access to Resources & Trade Professionals
Interior designers have access to 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 have existing relationships with vendors and manufacturers, and are well versed in the process of ordering and purchasing. They also regularly work with and have access to a network of skilled professionals, such as engineers, contractors, electricians, cabinet makers, painters, etc.
5. 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. They will prepare mood boards, floor plans and documents to clearly communicate the design intent, obtain pricing and explain how to put together the project. Your designer will help bring your vision to life.
6. 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.
7. 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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