7 Costly Mistakes People Make By Not Hiring Interior Designers

Due to the increasing exposure to the design industry and the vast world of materials and their availability, a lot of people are opting to do their own interiors. Many also choose to only hire a contractor to make designs that they may have seen on the internet or shown to them by the contractor.

Although these methods may you decent results, here are 7 mistakes that may end up costing you more than your designer’s fee.

1) Don’t utilize the space

When people try to design their own interiors they fail to use the space in the most functional manner. They might end up leaving the space unutilized or end up putting too many furniture items in one room and make it cluttered. Your furniture should fill your space and create a space that is both appealing as well as functional. There should be enough space in the room to create movement and flow. A room should never look and feel cramped. Sometimes it’s not a matter of too much furniture, but the placement of the furniture itself. Overly furnished rooms not only make your room seem smaller than it is, but can also make it hard to maneuver around. Size of the furniture also matters. Furniture that is too small will make your room seem unbalanced and awkward and might even make it seem more like a dollhouse –Conversely a room whose furniture is too large will also feel unbalanced and cramped.

2) Contractors take you for a ride.

When you try and do your interiors without the help of an interior designer you may realize that you have been cheated by the contractors. They may have their commissions in place with every dealer and they give you wrong quotations for products that are otherwise cheap.
A more difficult example for many clients to identify is the “material swap.”
Here, contractors draw up an agreement to use a certain quality or type of material for a construction project, but then they may surreptitiously use a cheaper, inferior product instead.
The hardest for clients to identify–and easily the most harmful is underbuilding.
“Underbuilding” is a term used to encapsulate any work that simply isn’t up to industry standards. It can be as innocuous as a poorly painted wall, or as dangerous as structurally inadequate framing.
As opposed to this if you hire an interior designer who has prior experience with good contractors you will save yourself all the trouble.

3) Install wrong product for the wrong use

Often we are not aware of the products available in the market and we tend to use the wrong material/product in the wrong place. For example it is difficult to decide the correct flooring for specific areas. People choose floorings simply because it looks good without thinking about the pros and cons of the material and whether it serves the purpose for the area where it has to be installed.

4) Eat up into savings, budgets go unplanned

If you choose to design your place on your own without using interior designing service from a professional firm, then you may save some money – money that the professional will charge. But chances are you may end up spending more in the process. When you try to design and furnish the space, you may end up spending on wrong material or things that does not add value to the space.
Making mistakes with poor furniture choices or the wrong shade of paint, or a poorly picked piece of granite, can cost you thousands.
With the help of interior designer’s guidance, you can make better decisions which means you won’t need to go out and replace furniture or redesign your home for many years. So, you save on future developments.
It’s a common misconception that taking the DIY route will automatically save you money. Not everybody knows exactly what they want, or where to find it. Designers know a lot of distributors, brands and manufacturers; they know where to go to find the best things for each project; where to get the best prices. Also, as insiders, they can often secure the client certain discounts.

5) Coordination with agencies ticks you off

When a space is designed without hiring an interior designer we have to co-ordinate with different agencies like carpenters, painters, plumbers, electricians and masons. It becomes extremely difficult to make sure that all these agencies work in tandem with each other.

6) No exposure to different materials & finishes.

Often when we design our own interiors we may not be aware of the different materials and finishes that are on the market. We may be aware of only a few of them because we have little experience.

7) Copycat policy leaves your space looking uncool

When neighbors, relatives and friends get their homes designed we may like the design so much that we copy the style in our home makeover too. This copycat policy will not give your home a unique look. Therefore it is better to let a designer have a look at your place and give fresh ideas to design your space.

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