Interior Design Can Respect A Budget - Result #5
Results matter. There are many processes and steps in an interior design project, but at the end of the day, you really want the results that come from those processes and steps. You deserve results. Welcome to my fifth post regarding the results you receive from interior design.
Result #5 – RESPECTED BUDGET.
I know, the budget is the part of your project that you are unsure of, worried about or don’t want to discuss for fear of a service provider spending every penny. Discussing the budget with your designer is one of the most important things you can do to get your project started and keep it on track.
In the past I made the mistake of working on a smaller project without establishing a budget upfront. That was like working with blinders on is something I will never do again!
As a designer, I need to know your budget for several reasons.
1. To decide if we’re a good fit to work together. I can’t work with everyone and sometimes there’s just not enough money to complete a design project. The sooner we know this the better! (I offer consulting services or a design concept to clients who don’t have the budget for full service design projects.)
2. To determine if it’s realistic – can your budget get you what you say you want? If not, what will it get you? Don’t you want to know that upfront?
3. To know what to present to you for furnishings and materials – do you want a $2,500 sofa or a $10,000 sofa? If I don’t know the budget and guess wrong we’re in trouble!
4. To help you determine how to best allocate it – what to spend more on and what to save on (or do later) will help you in the long run.
A designer does not want to know your budget because he/she wants to spend every penny or judge you.
I want to be on your team. That’s why I help you establish a budget early on in the project. Sometimes it’s firm, sometimes it’s a guideline that we flex as we go, but either way, we need it to begin a project. You need a designer who will help you establish a realistic budget and who will respect that budget as the project moves on.
When you know your budget is being respected you have peace of mind (another result of interior design!).
Results matter. Don’t you agree?