Top Six Things To Know When Hiring a Designer:
1. Have A Defined Project - write a list of objectives in order of importance.
2. Have A Defined Budget in Mind Before Meeting with Your Designer - your Budget may define whether you and your designer are a good match.
3. Inquire About Your Designer's Resources - Where do they source? -most Interior Designers build and manufacture their own custom upholstered goods and source from "Trade Only" sources. If you are more a BIG BOX retailer BUYER, working with an interior designer may not be for you as most designers do not buy the majority of their goods from retail manufacturers.
4.Decision Makers - should be present at the initial meeting - if there is a significant other that also needs to weigh in on the hiring of such - ensure that party is also present at the initial meeting.
5. Admiring Their Work - you should hire a designer whose work you admire or can relate to. If that is not the case- find another designer. A GOOD designer can execute any plan, but typically best to work with someone who specializes in an aesthetic that resonates with you.
6. Retainer - Be prepared to pay a retainer for "project hours" and in turn receive a financial incentive for such. IE. client pays cost plus 30% for trade goods versus MSRP or retail fees as part of the business arrangement.
LCB Suggested Decorating Budgets - (LCB MAINLY sources from Trade ONLY Resources and Builds All Upholstered Items; Custom)
Low Range to High Range*
Living Room - $15k to $35k
Dining Room - $15k to $25k
Master - $10k to $20k
Family Room - $15k to $25k
Guest Room - $ 8k to $12k
Outdoor - $12k to $25k
* Ranges are not exclusive or limited to - merely provided as an example