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Design Dilemmas

September 3, 2010

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Posted: Friday, September 3, 2010 12:00 am

Question :How do I make the right decisions when buying a new home so that my things will transition from my current home?

Answer:

Well that’s easy: Take your interior designer house hunting with you! The old saying of being penny wise and pound foolish could apply here. If you are looking in the million dollar market for a new abode, then the cost of paying your designer for their time in order to help you visualize your things in a new space is a small price to pay for the right decision. You are already working with a real estate professional, why not your interior design specialist? Think of it as insurance to keep from making a major costly mistake.

Often when clients call after they have purchased a new home I am ever hopeful that they have made the right choice. There are so many things to think about when selecting a new residence, and who could expect you, the homebuyer, to keep all those things in play when your husband is focused on the structure and you can’t get past the brick color!

    What homebuyers often don’t think about is the expense of changing wall finishes, floors, cabinetry and window treatments, all of which affect their budget in the end. An experienced interior designer can compare the proposed space and your budget and tell you if you are even remotely in the ball park, as well as offer various ideas about how to stay within your budget. 

    Window treatments seem to be where clients often underestimate the expense. People forget things like when you buy a home with two-story windows, that takes lots of fabric and labor. To treat those sparkly panes of glass properly, and in correct scale, you have to spend some major dollars (not to mention, you didn’t realize the sun makes it impossible to watch the flat-screen in that room). The absolute worst thing you can do is put ‘pencils’ of fabric on each side of a window two or three stories tall and think you have ‘treated’ it. That would be like going out in public wearing only Band-Aids!

    People often tell me they can’t afford a designer. In reality, they can’t afford not to consult one.

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