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One of the hardest things to learn in life is when to ask for help. For some people this means not knowing when to delegate something to an associate and for others this means not knowing when to hire a professional for a job that they truly aren't qualified or committed to completing. For example, the home buying or home renovating process can be overwhelming, but there are plenty of resources available to make the job much less stressful than going it alone. On the other hand, you may be a type A personality and the thought of relinquishing control of the project sends you into a panicky sweat. For this reason, it is imperative that you take a macro view of the project, your expectations, and your resources before committing to flying solo or before hiring professional assistance.
The business of interior design is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States alone. Even though the housing market is experiencing some difficulties, many folks are still finding the time and resources to redecorate their existing homes. This is a great way to take something you already own and add value, both monetarily and emotionally. But, it is important to point out that the process is not all roses, and that tough situations will arise. The good news though is that you can be well prepared for these roadblocks, which will make the overall experience significantly more rewarding, and a lot less likely to add gray hairs.
The central question that needs immediate answering when deciding to redecorate concerns whether or not to hire a professional interior designer. It is very important to resolve this quandary before you run out and purchase new paint, flooring and interior design, or furniture. Simply because, it will be much more difficult down the road to decide you do need to hire a professional after you have already acquired a bunch of materials that the designer might find to be insufficient. On the same token, you do not want to hire a designer only to find out that you are very clear in your vision, and that the designer is just getting in the way while costing you unnecessary money. Thankfully so, there are a number of questions you can ask yourself to determine which scenario will be best for you in the long run. A few of these questions are subjective whereas a few are pretty cut and dry, so we will start with the latter as these are usually easier to answer.
Given that this is the 21st century, everything comes with a price. Taking on a decorating project can run the gamut regarding cost. If you are thrifty, patient and persistent, someone who saves coupons, you may choose to get the job done by visiting yard sales, shopping the year-end clearance specials, and sprucing up items that you already own. However, this can be quite tedious and exhausting. On the other end of the spectrum, one can find plenty of high-end interior designers very eager to take on your home. Now, this does not mean that you have to either be the prince or the pauper; there are affordable designers willing to work within a budget you stipulate. So, first and foremost, you need to be realistic with yourself and your spouse about how much money you are willing to spend. Include in this estimate the cost of all raw materials, new furniture, labor for flooring installation, and possibly a designer.
The next hiccup that people encounter during such an overhaul concerns expectations about time management and time commitment. If you work full-time, care for young children, sit on the board of the local charity, and manage to hold up some sort of a social life, you should seriously consider hiring out the job. The same goes if you are under a deadline to get the remodeling finished. A professional will be much more realistic and capable of setting a pace and mapping out a schedule, which will ensure you meet your desired completion date. On the other hand, if your life is like the one previously listed and you decline hiring a designer, you may find yourself months down the road with a house in a state of chaos and no energy or time to finish the project. This is of course your own choice, nevertheless. If you concluded that cost is a major issue and you cannot afford to hire a designer, just be realistic about how long your redecorating may take, only tackle one room at a time, and be patient with yourself.
The third question to address before you begin the exciting process concerns your personality and vision for the home. Compatibility with a designer can certainly make or break the experience. Let's say you have a very clear idea in your head of what you would like the home to morph into, but your communication skills are inadequate for relaying this information. If this describes you, the relationship between client and designer is going to be very difficult to uphold. This is a case where you are better off taking the time and doing the task on your own. The opposite of such a situation would be the homeowners that know exactly what they like and do not like, but do not have a real direction to go in that ties the entire home together. In this case, the designer will be well equipped to show you options and pull forth your true desires.
Most importantly though, try to minimize the stress, for you do not want to look around your newly decorated home and only remember the traumatic experience it took in getting it to look so good.