When you find yourself in a new home, you’ll usually discover elements that don’t function as well as they could: The dishwasher is in the wrong place, you can’t turn on the shower until you’re in it and you seem to be missing a linen cupboard. It’s in these moments when the harsh reality hits you – the structural design of your home dictates how you use it. It can feel like money well-saved when homeowners don’t hire an architect, when in fact it often comes back to haunt them, costing time, money and a lengthy string of conflicts that naturally accompany dealing with multiple suppliers. The same goes for interior design, which was once viewed as a ‘service’ exclusively for those ‘with money’ but is now accessible to a far broader market. It may surprise you to find there are some genuinely great reasons to use an interior designer. Here are my top three:
1. You will save money
With years of knowledge and experience up their sleeve, a designer can quickly assess, plan and offer sensible suggestions on how your space can be uniquely enhanced. What’s more, if an interior designer is brought onboard early in the planning stage (before it goes to council) they will not only build a solid bridge between you and your architect/contractor, they’ll also save you unwanted headaches (and often money) with changing approved designs. For example, if a client wanted a large fridge but the space on the drawing shows that a window is too close for this, it is easier to change the position of the window on the drawing before approval. If this isn’t picked up until after approval they will need to go back to council to approve it or compromise the design. This kind of detailed planning ensures optimal time and money management, whilst reducing risk. The common misapprehension associated with interior designers is their reputation for discarding the client’s current furniture and replacing it all. However, ‘out-with-the old-and- in-with-the- new’ is never a reputable designer’s goal; they will take an inventory of all existing furniture and talk to their client about what will be relocated to the new house and then measure it. Their aim is to understand their client’s needs and desires in order to determine what stays and what goes!
2. You will make money
An interior designer not only adds a distinct perspective to your home, they ensure your spaces are both beautiful and functional. Using their training and experience they balance aesthetics with structural and architectural considerations, which results in a well-considered and consistent design. This will set your home apart from the competition, creating more reasons for buyers to love it and pay you what you are asking. An interior designer should also have great relationships with trusted trades and suppliers executing the design. The key to a successful renovation or ‘project’ includes meticulous project management skills, careful budgeting and, of course, sourcing trustworthy and reliable trades people. A job that’s executed to a high standard (and meets its budget and timeline) can make and save you money.
3. You’ll access many more resources
Interior designers have valuable connections and access to resources and merchandise that is not available to the general public. Everyone from furniture manufacturers and shops to fabric suppliers offer them discounts. In addition, designers have access to key industry contacts, saving homeowners headaches by readily recruiting reliable plumbers, contractors and electricians for their projects. As well as having budget benefits, using these exclusive resources means designers can help you to personalise your home, making it look more collected, unique and complete.