Save time and money by being properly educated on what you’re buying and whom you’re hiring. Avoid these common mistakes:
#1 Not Explaining How You LiveYou don’t want the designer spending hours finding the perfect silk sofa, when you have a house full of kids and pets. Explain how you live and the day-to-day activities of your family. Your home needs to be functional as well as beautiful
#2 Being Unrealistic About BudgetResearch is the best way to determine budget. Look up the general price of items you know you will need for your project. Ask your designer for a ballpark budget before you begin a project – if they cannot provide one, consider hiring another designer.
#3 Rushing The ProcessPatience is a requirement. Custom design projects and/or remodels need time if you want things done correctly. Your designer should be able to provide you with a timeline so you can set your expectations properly.
#4 Not Reading The ContractFirst of all, make sure you get a contract. Then read it all. Look for hidden or surprise fees such as freight, procurement, restocking and receiver fees. Be sure there is a clause for how to end the contract too.
#5 The Designer Does Not ListenIt’s your home. Working with a professional doesn’t mean their vision outweighs your opinion. A Designer who is resistant to your ideas, what you like or don’t like, or any concerns does not have your best interest at heart.