You have to look at your home’s interior for years on end and if it isn’t what you wanted, it’s no fun. Therefore we’re sure most of you would agree, that spilling curry on your white wedding outfit during a live march-in seems like nothing, when compared to an interior design project gone awry.
So why do interior design projects go lopsided, and is it possible to prevent such incidents? Well, in this write-up, we look at 3 ways to avoid these major landmines.
It’s too good to be true
If you come across a proposal that promises you everything while charging you close to nothing, then it’s too good to be true.
There are cases where interior designers are simply trying to cheat homeowners out of a deposit. When the homeowner isn’t happy with the results, they keep the deposit and move on to the next unlucky prey. If homeowners move on to the renovation phase, then they might be surprised with the lack of quality and shoddy workmanship.
To avoid such traps, we suggest the concept drawing strategy mentioned in our earlier post. Ask if the designer can provide an accurate sketch or 3D concept BEFORE going with their package
Know what you’re getting into
Unfortunately, eagerness is not the homeowner’s friend when working with interior design projects. Unless you are familiar with the renovation business, it’s highly advisable not to jump into a contract before thinking it through.
As excited as you are about getting your dream home up, try not to fall for honeyed words and ambitious promises. Instead, get your ideas on paper, let the interior designer know them, and get him/ her to confirm that it is doable. After that, go into the concept drawing strategy.
Treat your interior designer like doctors
As good as doctors are, they can’t cure cancer. So if you do ask them to perform such miracles, then you’ll be nothing short of disappointed when the renovation gets started. Likewise on the interior designers’ side, we can only advise and are not miracle workers.
We will do our best to bring your vision to life, but if we recommend against something and back it up with a logical explanation, then you may want to explore alternative designs. If necessary, good interior designers will come up with workarounds that come close to the homeowner’s ideas.
Last but not least, homeowners should stop expecting designers to read their minds. Would you ask a cosmetic surgeon to guess what you want? The ideal way to get around this is by penning your ideas on paper and be as specific as possible. If you’re stuck, feel free to explore with the designer and be open to the ideas brought up.
So it comes down to thinking things through. If you’re not comfortable with one interior designer, seek a second opinion. No one can force you into engaging their services and if they do, then they’re not the right people to work with.
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