Hiring a designer can be daunting but you do not have to be one of the Housewives of New York to use the services of a professional. I can hear you saying now, “But you are a designer Lisa Renee, of course you are going to say that!” However, here is my main reason: I have been called upon to fix something that a client tried to do themselves. And I think to myself, “If they had only called me earlier I could have told them… “
If you are on a do- it -yourself budget you can hire a designer for an hour just to look over your project and point out pitfalls. In the end this will save you the amount you spent on the consultation by avoiding costly mistakes.
You don’t want to waste your time so get all your questions and ideas organized and start the clock. A designer can set priorities for you so you can plan to do a little at a time. They can also point you to money saving sources.
When looking for a designer look for one that has been educated and continues to keep educated. My professional affiliation is ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) so I can best explain what that means. ASID is the largest design community period. (asid.org) As an allied ASID member, I am required to take 3 continuing education units a year. This keeps me updated on trends, health issues and best practices. I happen to specialize in environmentally friendly design and ASID has been a leader in this area by partnering with the United States Green Building Council (www.usgbc.org) to create ReGreen which is a comprehensive program for green remodeling. I also have and continue to serve on the board of my local chapter. This means that I am constantly in touch with other professionals and that makes me a better professional.
After I explain all this to clients they see the full value of a professional. It is very degrading when I get a call and the person on the other end of the phone expects to get their whole house made over in one weekend and all for $1000. This is what we call in the business the HGTV syndrome. No one seems to realize that behind the camera are many people working and marketing teams lining up sponsors to get free or deep discounts on appliances and paint.
If you are in need of a designer on a larger scale, have a meet and greet to make sure you connect on some level. I have told a potential client that I would not take on their project because I could see right off the bat that the relationship was not going to work out. You should do the same if a designer rubs you the wrong way.
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