We’re continuing our review of typical mistakes made by first-time home buyers searching for a qualified designer. If you’re one of them – don’t miss this post, since a second chance to renovate your home wouldn’t happen so soon!
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Error 4: Thinking that a designer knows better
A pro has a bunch of tools that can implement almost any idea. But it’s you who is going to live in the surrounding of these ideas, and you should always feel free to share any of your wishes, no matter how fanciful or hackneyed they may sound. An experienced designer would treat your ideas with much attention, take time to stipulate and then suggest a way to make your dreams come true. Otherwise, he or she will find a tactful and reasoned way to explain why this idea should be abandoned or modified. A dilettante would just choose one of the 2 options: he would either put you off and keep on trying to get you in his way, or would be ready to drop everything to do what you want, even if it ruins the style of the interior. These 2 sets of behaviors should alert you.
What you should do:
Error 5: Chasing a low price
Professionals know exactly that a low price is not a competitive advantage – the job of a designer is far more complicated than just making up a 3D render. A good specialist is well-versed in building materials, knows where to buy this or that furniture, keeps a few options of décor in mind and etc. This takes much time and effort and normally a specialist wants to be compensated for that. That is why experienced designers keep their prices at the average market level and are unlikely to offer any special discounts. Besides, people working in the sphere of design for years know the price of every nail and can name an approximate price per square meter on the spot.
What you should do:
Examine the market and compare the price list of the designer you chose with an average price range for services and materials. Beginners do not have a clear view of the volume and complexity of works and pricing. Thus, dealing with them can result in a force-majeure: for instance, a rapid increase in price or emergence of unexpected expenditures.
A qualified designer is a psychologist, a friend and a business partner – all wrapped in one. To create an interior design project for you he should ask you loads of questions and find out much personal information about you, your lifestyle and habits. And all that with respect and decency. If during the conversation you feel uncomfortable, have to answer too intimate questions or just feel the pressure, you must be either dealing with an amateur or with just a person that is not for you. Anyway, he’s out of your way.
Certainly, there are no pure “professionals” or “dilettantes” – there’s always the human factor. Even a pro can make a mistake, and a responsible beginner would spend nights working on your project and trying to create 100% comfort for you. Examine the market, ask your friends and colleagues and always speak about the moments that seem important for you – this way you’d be able to find a good designer and together make your home beautiful and comfortable.