1. Why don’t you offer Free Consultations?
This is a variant to the consultation fee. It is an initial consultation between the client and designer where the designer comes to the clients’ home to discuss the project with them. Many designers waive the initial consultation fee and because they are not being compensated for their time they will not give any design direction or relevant design information.
There is a very good reason for this; we are experts at what we do and have a lot of education, training and experience and should be (like any profession) fairly compensated. I and many of my colleagues have had numerous experiences of traveling to a potential client’s house to be pumped for information then not hired but then the prospective client takes all the information to home depot or kitchen cabinet company and proceeds with our design recommendations – a design that was not paid for. This is stealing and truly disrespectful to the individual designer and to our profession.
For a designer to provide design direction or drawing samples of possible design scenarios you will then be receiving a great amount of her/his time and expertise. You don’t work for free and neither do we. If you do want design direction to take away and do it yourself then expect to be charged for the initial consultation.
2. What are your Terms and Consultations?
Read about our Terms and Conditions
3. How do I measure my rooms for the E-Design Process?
Read about Measuring your rooms
4. Are Realtor’s commission negotiable?
The answer is yes! They most certainly are however before you start assuming it all goes into our pocket please consider what some of us go through…
Let’s say we make $85,000 in commissions in our first year as a Realtor. That’s a lot, right? That’s much more than you made at your last job?
Well if we’re on a 70/30 split with your brokerage, you’re down to $59,500. Still a lot, right?
Don’t forget – becoming a licensed Realtor costs us about $5,000, and our OREA, CREA, RECO, and TREB dues are another $5,000. So we’re down to $49,500. But that’s good!
We spend about $10,000 on photos, business cards, open house boards, marketing and promotional material, courses, and other items that will help us get clients. So now we’re down to $39,500.
And what’s the cost of all those feature sheets and print-outs we bring to open houses? And the photocopies? And the countless other office expenditures we endure at the brokerage on a daily basis, as well as at your home office, and when you’re trying to do business? Another $10,000?
When all is said and done, that $85,000 gross commission is more than likely going to put $25,000 in our pocket, and that’s before we pay CRA.
I can name hundreds of expenses Realtors incur (we haven’t even talked about what we spend on a listing – photos, video, virtual tour, floor plans, home inspection, staging…), and somehow most people see commissions as too much. Hopefully this gives you an idea of why we still hustle every chance we get to buy or sell your home!