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Interior Designers: Waste of money or bang for buck?

Real estate investments are by far the most expensive venture most people will make in their lifetime. Every pound spent is an investment not just in cash, but also in time and energy. So, is forking out more money on an interior designer ridiculous or ridiculously clever? For some, the added cost of a designer may seem unnecessary or burdensome. You have access to Pinterest, you can shop, you have the all the time, you have a vision, you have all the control…. if this is you, then you’re right, you probably don’t need an interior design service.

For others, you have no idea where or how to begin, you have an idea but need help piecing it altogether, you simply haven’t the time to execute your style, or the time to spend searching for that perfect lamp for the living room - you don’t even have time to see your friends! This is when an interior designer is a smart, savvy choice. In reality, interior designers can save you a great deal of time, headache medicine and quite often money!

Here are five reasons why using an interior designer is ridiculously clever :

Time Is Money

The time it takes to manage aspects of a renovation or room refresh can be all consuming and frustrating. Hours spent after work and on weekends searching for the perfect door handle can be painful and often fruitless. A designer knows where to go for the best resources for everything related to your home. This will save you endless amounts of time researching products, brands, and prices. You’re paying the designer to research so you don’t have to.

Preventing Expensive Mistakes

So, you’ve spent hours selecting bedside tables only to find out, once you’ve built them, that they don’t fit. Fixing a preventable mistake can end up blowing a budget. A designer will recognise errors before it’s too late! There are mistakes to be made on sizing, scale, layering, colours and patterns that can often be avoided by using a professional.

How To Manage A Budget

A good interior designer will know how to best allocate funds, especially if there isn’t much room for flexibility. For example, a more expensive sofa will always be a better investment than a pricey lamp or cushion, as a sofa needs to be hard wearing and of high quality so it bears the brunt of wear and tear.

Work With What You Have

If you’re trying to save cash, it’s a good idea to work with what is already there. An interior designer will be able to change the layout of a room, repurpose old items, or tweak the colours to completely transform the feel and look of a room. This will not only affect the budget but will help you spend it more efficiently.

Liaison and Connections

One of the easiest ways interior designers help save cash is through their trade discounts and connections. Special pricing and deals can apply to everything from fixtures to furniture, appliances, industry professionals and even decor.

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