Do you really need a designer for your small project?
Ultimately, the decision is up to you. But here are 5 things you might not have thought of to help you figure out if hiring a designer is right for your small project.
Benefits to small projects
1. Avoid Decision Fatigue
Even on a small project, there can be a lot of little decisions. A designer has the knowledge and experience to bring only the relevant issues to the table, and help you make informed decisions about them.
2. Avoid Mistakes
The wrong paint that won’t stick, a shelf a bit to large that you bump each time you walk by, a tile pattern that looked great in a small swatch but was eye-melting when it covered your whole floor… mistakes can ruin the joy of a small project, and end up costing in money, time, or both.
3. Get Designer Discounts
Most designers have “ins” in certain places, and they also know where to find great deals. Along with number 4, these can add up to real savings, even on small projects.
4. Make the Most of Your Budget
A designer can save you money in other ways not just through discounts: they’ll be able to recommend what to buy even when it’s expensive, and where you can make do with cheaper and more creative options. The right designer can even give new life to pieces in your home that you forgot about, or that never quite worked before.
5. Make Sure it’s the Right Project
Most times we make changes to solve problems. By hiring a designer at the beginning for projects big or small, you can make sure that what you’ve planned is the right way to solve the problem that you have. An example from Lenore’s recent client list is this:
She was brought into a house for a colour consult. The house had a large area of tile in the entry way and going down the stairs to the basement. The tile was in excellent condition, but the clients hated it. They had plans to replace it, but during the course of the colour consultation, Lenore suggested that they try a new colour in the entryway that specifically coordinated with the tile before continuing with their plans to rip it up. They tried the new colour, and loved it! The colour consultation, which was not specifically about the hallway issue, saved them thousands of dollars by making a planned project unnecessary.
A note on price
If you’re not sure if you can afford a designer for your small project–ask! The price for an hour or two consult is going to be much lower than the price for full design services on a major renovation project, and you might be surprised by how affordable it is. If you’re in the Waterloo Region area, you can check out Lenore’s prices, but if not, don’t be shy about contacting a local designer and asking what one or two hours of their time would cost.
Have you ever used a designer for a small project? How did it work out? Let us know in the comments below, or on our facebook page.