You might ask yourself, "can I afford an interior designer for my renovation, or my new home?" An interior designer can help you with establishing your spacial needs, space planning, hiring contractors, make recommendation for a more environmentally sustainable interior, planning for the future, material selection, finish selection, and so much more. The more accurate question to ask then is, "Can I afford not to hire an interior designer?"
An experienced designer will not only ensure the success of your project, but more importantly help you stay on budget and even save you money.
Following are 7 points on how a designer saves you money:
1. Planning ahead and getting accurate quotes
A designer knows the importance of planning ahead and having a detailed plan and schedule. A designer will create a precise and detailed plan and schedules for your project. The detailed plan enables the designer or yourself to communicate your ideas clearly with contractors and tradespeople which is key to getting accurate quotations for your project. The accurate quotation will aid you in the decision-making process and help you stay on budget.
2. Avoiding unexpected expenses
An experienced designer can anticipate costs before they are evident especially in renovation projects. A good designer will make you aware of possible issues such as old wiring, plumbing that needs to be updated, additional structural elements that might be required, the added cost of moving heating ducts, or a variety of other issues. By being aware of possible issues you avoid being caught by surprise and can prevent your project from going over budget.
3. Material and finish selection
A designer can help you select the materials and finishes that are within your budget and get the look that you desire. A designer can help you stay within your budget and spend your money where it matters most to you and where you get the biggest bang for your bucks. For example, by selecting appropriate finishes the designer can ensure that the finishes are durable and low maintenance saving you costs in the future. Experienced designers know where to get the best prices and have access to materials you are likely unaware of.
4. Maximizing use of available space
This is likely the biggest money safer. A designer can help you maximize the use of your available space. By ensuring the most efficient use of your space you might, for example, build smaller or remodel your existing home to have all the space you might need. Reducing a new built home by only a few square feet can save you thousands. Reducing the size of a home saves not only on the initial investment of building or renovating, but safes you money for years to come by lower maintenance costs, lower heating and lighting costs, and lower property taxes.
5. Saving Time
A designer can save you time in the planning and construction of your project, leaving you more time to work, relax, and spend with your family and friends. The designer will help you plan and schedule everything to minimize the interruptions to your day-to-day activities and complete the project on schedule.
6. Increase the value of your home
A designer knows the real estate market and how to increase the value of your home. They can guide you in spending money where it matters the most and increase the value of your home by more than you are spending on the renovation.
7. Peace of Mind
A designer helps you to plan and prepare. They have experience and expertise in renovations and construction and can help you to get it right the first time. Getting it right the first time will eliminate many issues in the future. They work for you and do everything they can to ensure your vision becomes reality. They assist you to stay on budget.
Indeed, your peace of mind is likely worth more than money could buy!
Hiring an interior designer for your renovation or new home construction is well worth it and saves you money initially and into the future. How much help you require from your interior designer may vary depending on your experience and confidence level and a good designer works to assist you where you need expert knowledge most.
Yes you can afford to hire an interior designer!