When inquiring about fees, the most common question I get asked is “what will this cost me?” As you read on you will see how this can be a difficult question to answer!
In fact, the actual question should be “How do you bill for your services?” This question, allows me to describe the scope of services and how they are billed.
A client needs to provide specific details with regards to their budget and know exactly what type of service they are looking for. Unless a simple flat fee is offered, the task to provide a design plan for a space with no added procurement services offered and little alterations to the plan, it is difficult to give a price without knowing the budget and scope of the project because the ranges are too varied.
A furnished living room can be $10,000 or $100,000 and more — depending on what the client wants. The budget is always in the client’s control and ultimately I can either accept the job within the stated budget, or will choose not to.
Contrary to popular belief, designers are not looking to simply spend as much of the client’s money as we can. We want to provide the right services for the clients needs and to be fairly compensated for our efforts and experience. After all, it’s our reputation that is reflected in our work.
When contemplating the potential cost and value of design services, consider the way you would like to work.
1) Do you want a designer to create a vision and design plan only?
This means you will be doing all the legwork, hiring and managing contractors, ordering furniture and dealing with all the logistics and trouble shooting as needed. You will also be putting in the work involved so that as many of your dollars as possible go towards the actual decoration of your space.
2) In addition to a design plan, do you want a full-scale, turn-key project where you only want to have to speak with the design firm and they will deal with all other parties involved?
Additionally, the majority of the purchases are delivered and installed on a single installation day (aka ‘the reveal”) versus piece-by-piece deliveries. This level of service includes charges for insured warehousing, and two sets of delivery charges — one to deliver and inspect furnishings at the studio and another to then re-deliver to the home. Additionally, the design studio’s time and expenses of managing all the ordering, logistics, trouble-shooting, delivery and installation of the merchandise.
3) Some negotiated combination of the above.
To help narrow things down, here are some of the options my studio provides. Click on each link to see the characteristics of each to decide which is best for your unique situation
- Option 1: Hourly Fee with Options
- Option 2: Flat Fee with Options
- Option 3: Percent Fee
- Option 4: Consultation
Remember you can always contact me to help clarify your options!