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MKG Interior Design

Hi Magdazine,

In my experience I have found that I bring a lot more value to the table then you would think. As I get Trade Prices, anywhere from 10% to 45% on full retail price and extra on sale items for any items I purchase on behalf of my client, this saving is passed on directly to the client.

I do not charge a fee for this so have found that whatever is saved on purchasing furniture and decor pieces is always more then my fee for the entire project.

This saving can be thousands of dollars in my clients pockets would not be achievable by them directly so I would say I add a lot of extra value to my clients.

Recently I did a small project for a client, my fee was $950 but the total money saved for purchasing of furniture and decor was over 3.5K. I think that is a pretty substantial saving and over 25% off the retail price.

I'm sure value is a different thing to different people but my clients get a lot for their money.

Hope that answered your question.

MKG


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GDP Interior Design

Magdazine, all designers charge differently based on their service style - and all jobs are different because everyone requires different levels of decorating, or design work. Therefore it's hard to ball park, but a few hundred would be a start point, up into thousands. Some designers have large minimum requirements, others do not. It also depends on the demographic they appeal to, experience, and professional associations.

I am surely biased, but designers should be viewed as an investment service. E.g

1. They can save you from making costly errors or spending good money on lacklustre selections

2. A quality designer would design with longevity in mind, so that in years to come your home stands the test of time (helps with re-sale). For example, I designed this kitchen 17 years ago on a budget, and it holds up well now.




3. Some (not all) designers may pass on trade discounts to offset the cost of their services. Others are focussed on providing advice only, and leave you to purchase.

None of this helps if like Alfred, you get bad service. My advice is to research the designer as you would any other home professional, ask questions, and read the Houzz reviews!


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Style Precinct

All valid points above from fellow interior designers. We all strive to direct your money to being well spent adding value to your property for the longer term and really getting a wow factor which will translate in either you loving your home or a potential buyer. And dont forget we have an insight into what the market wants from our industry connections as well as access to trade pricing.

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