I have found husbands to be the hardest to convince of the value in hiring an Interior Designer. I'm here to help you communicate effectively why you would like to hire an Interior Designer. And how it could save you money in the long run.
Sometimes part of my job is "marriage counselor." I can be the neutral party to help with compromise and making decisions both parties can live (literally) with.
I'll never forget meeting with potential clients who had been married 50 years. They were showing me around the house when the husband crossed his arms and asked "Do you like this area rug?" It was a test! In the most diplomatic way, I asked him back, "Do you like it?" With a big smile, and without hesitation, he said, "Yes!" I said the important thing was that he liked it, and they could fight about it after I left.
The rug ended up staying because he got what he really wanted - to keep the area rug. And she got what she wanted - help with decorating the rest of the house.
Communication is Key
Appeal to his emotional side.
Yes, men have emotions. Hungry is an emotion, right? All kidding aside, they want to see you happy. Explain how it would make you feel to have your home decorated. You can envision how you would like your home to look, but you don't know how to go about achieving this vision.
As an Interior Designer, it's my job to help guide you to make your vision become a reality. Paint a picture how your lifestyle will be in your new environment. Imagine cooking for and entertaining friends and family in your bright, new kitchen. Or tell him about the fun, family Game Nights in your new warm and cozy Family Room. Describe these things so he can join your vision.
Appeal to his logical side.
Working with an Interior Designer can actually save you money in the long run. A good Interior Designer can work within any budget - as long as it's realistic. Say you've budgeted $2,000 for a new couch - you better believe they are going to find you the best bang for your buck!
After all, their reputation is on the line, so you're paying for their knowledge and expertise. Whatever you paid for their Design Fee, your Return on Investment (ROI) will be a quality couch that can last 10 or 20 years!
Another way an Interior Designer can save you money, is being up on what's a trend and or fad. A fad only lasts for 5 years or less. A trend can be anywhere from 10-15 years. Then there are classics, and they never go out of style!
Interior Designers also know all about resale value. Where to invest in your home for the most ROI. When I start working with a client, one of the first things I ask is, "How long do you plan on living here?" This will determine the priority of our focus.
If your budget is limited, and you can't make all the improvements you want at once, an Interior Designer can help divide the project into phases. This saves money because the "delays" are planned. Unplanned delays can cost you more money!
Occasionally, I'm able to save my clients extra money by passing on my to-the-trade discount. Trade professionals sometimes get discounts for things like lighting, flooring, furniture, etc. These discounts can be anywhere from 5-25%. And some Designers are willing to pass this discount along as a benefit for using their services.
Involve them in the process.
When I'm meeting a potential client for the first time, I want all the decision-makers present. This is when I hear about your vision, so it's important everyone is on board. This helps me get to know you.
This is also when I tell you about my process and you can get to know me. Unless we've met before, you're inviting a stranger into your home, and I don't take that privilege lightly.
You will also be paying me to redesign your home, so we need to know if we'll be a good fit. I realize not everyone is my client! But I can't make that assessment if I'm only meeting part of the "team."
Once clients choose to work with me, it's not required that everyone is available for every single meeting. And sometimes the other spouse truly doesn't care what decisions are made. But I like to include them in all communication, so they feel like they're part of the process and their opinion matters. Because it does.
This blog is not intended to manipulate or trick your partner into working with an Interior Designer. I am giving you the tools to effectively communicate your wants and desires. You're welcome!