Toss aside the idea that interior decorators are only for the rich and famous. In reality, they can save you a great deal of time, money, and headache medications. Here are 5 great reasons to hire an interior decorator (that would be me!) to help you with your home projects.
Hiring an Interior Decorator Can SAVE You Money
Have you actually looked at what a regular interior decorator does? When you look at their services as a value instead of an expense, you’ll find that hiring an interior decorator, even for just a Consultation, can save you tons of money by preventing expensive mistakes and helping to improve the value of your home. Compare the value of a Consultation to the cost of an $800 paint job that you aren’t happy with the color when it’s done. You either live with it (and hate it), or you spend even more redoing a job that wasn’t necessary. Have you ever made a decorating or furnishing decision and lived to regret it? Working with a decorator could actually save you more in the end.
Hiring an Interior Decorator Gives You a Professional Assessment
Hiring an Interior Decorator to give you a professional assessment of your personal space can help you develop a plan of action to work with, even if you choose to do it in small pieces. An interior decorator knows what to look for in the space, and may see things that you never even thought about. I develop a cohesive, step-by-step plan, and will know what you need to repurpose, edit out completely, rearrange, purchase new items, and what will work where. All of this can not only maximize your budget, but you’ll learn where to spend money it and where it can be saved.
Hiring an Interior Decorator gives you access to Trade Discounts
I spend time cultivating relationships with various suppliers and dealers. I bring them business throughout the year. As a client, you may purchase furniture or tile every 10 years. I do it all the time. In return, those companies offer me a professional discount on their products, which varies greatly by company and by the volume I purchase.
Not every decorator does this, but it is something I do for my clients. I SHARE MY DISCOUNTS WITH YOU. Whether it’s a 20% discount or a 50% discount at a supplier, I offer my clients those products at less than retail. We split it evenly. While I could choose to mark it up to full retail, it allows me to bring my clients a better price than they could get on their own, and I still make a small profit – which means I don’t have to charge more for my design services and still run a viable business. So instead of $10,000 for furniture from a company like Pottery Barn or Williams-Sonoma, I can save you $1,000 right away. Everyone loves a discount, no matter the budget.
Hiring an Interior Decorator makes it Easier on Your Contractors
A great decorator can head off design problems early in your overall plan. Your contractor will simply install whatever you tell him to. He’s there to do his specific job. Your decorator can already see it in their mind, how it’s all going to come together, and will help make selections based on the complete look of the space. And your decorator can also ease the process. Example: your decorator already has drawn up a complete furnished plan for your newly built living room. By working with the decorator’s plan and letting your contractor know that you need two additional outlets in the floor to plug lamps in behind the sofa, it will save you extra money and mess when you don’t have to have them installed after you thought all the electrical work was done.
Hiring an Interior Decorator means Invaluable Advice
Interior Decorators have the ability to envision a space, even when you cannot. I see a photo of a room and start to put pieces together immediately – furnishings that will complete the room, window ideas, etc. Then as I learn more about my client, I start to pick out specifics, patterns, colors, and accessories. I share all of the information as it processes through my head, beginning with the initial Consultation. I’m also a discreet listening ear when you share your desired lifestyle, and will do everything my creativity and your budget allows to achieve your dreams.
Hiring an Interior Decorator adds WOW Factor
This is an opportunity to let your professional interior decorator pick your brain and use their amazing talent to pull together a room, or a whole house, that reflects your unique personality. I love to “break the mold” of cookie-cutter homes and transform them into custom living spaces for my clients. The HOA may dictate what the outside looks like, but getting creative on the inside is what I do.
Hiring an Interior Decorator Makes Budgeting and Planning Efficient
Your professional interior decorator knows what she/he is doing. Great pros (like myself, heh heh) will keep you on budget and maximize your time. You won’t spend days traipsing around town looking for the perfect tile – your pro knows where to source products, what finishes will look great when it’s all pulled together, and what your budget will allow.
Having an overall home concept before you start can also keep your projects more budget-friendly. Each step in the process can be broken down and budgeted for, and completed as funds allow.
Hiring me is Your Next Step
Even a Basic Consultation will allow you to pick my brain for ideas. You’ll know from our first phone call if I’m the right girl for you. 15 minutes on the phone could save you thousands (oh wait, that’s a car insurance commercial!). I absolutely love to help other people and share my knowledge and creativity. If you’ve been thinking you’d like to revamp your home a bit, or that it’s just not functioning well for your current lifestyle, please pick up the phone and call me today at 271-2686 to chat about it, schedule a Consultation, or possibly even step it up a level and hire me to give you the home you’ve always wanted and deserve.
Until next time… xoxo Crystal