How The Agreement Works
After our initial meeting, I write up a Letter of Agreement, where I describe the services you are requesting and detail the payments required, etc. Once you sign that, we get started.
For Those With Tight Deadlines…
If you have a tight deadline, and your project needs to be addressed sooner rather than later, an additional fee will be charged to accommodate your urgent needs.
Exclusive Buying Opportunities Through My Studio
Opportunities to order certain “trade only” items through Nadia by Design Studio are available. I can get quotes for you on product purchases you wish to make through my studio.
I do charge hourly for time spent doing this. However, once you place your order, there won’t be any more time billed for a particular purchase. For example: if we’re doing custom window treatments in your home, and you’ve already paid your deposit, the time spent tracking and coordinating everything that relates to those window treatments is covered in the cost.
I can use retail sources available to the general public; however if I see something from one of our sources that fits the bill perfectly, I will offer that as a second option at a discount off retail.
Additional considerations and costs
When deciding to work with an interior designer/decorator it is best to have a very clearly-defined project in mind. It is true that “how you work with your designer will have tremendous impact on the final cost”. Generally this will mean that making changes late in a project or deciding to expand the scope of the work is going to frustrate the decorator and also increase the price of the project.
Many professionals require their clients to pay a retainer fee, which is usually a small percentage of the total estimated budget, and will also ask for a contract. This is to ensure that any changes in the work and any schedules established will be dealt with in an amicable and clear-cut manner. A contract generally protects both parties.
Most homeowners and designers understand that any project will need to occur in controlled stages. This is to ensure that the work is done in a timely fashion and that any budgetary concerns can be addressed immediately. If the designer is going to work with subcontractors for the project, they should be consulted about schedules to ensure they can meet their obligations. They too might need to sign a contract in order to adhere to the terms of the project and ensure that estimated costs are fair and reasonable.
As with everything else, we pay for things with time or money and this is certainly true when it comes to interior design/decorating services.