- I have a really small budget. Can you work with me?
- What is your payment policy and how do you determine your fees?
- How far will you travel?
- Why hire an Interior Decorator?
- What if my project involves outside sources, such as contractors?
- What should I do to prepare for your first visit?
- I work all week. Do you have weekend appointments?
Most definitely. Sometimes doing things that don’t cost a lot of money can have the biggest impact on a room. We like to show our clients the amazing results they can have just by focusing on good design principles. We are very respectful of our client’s budgets and will help to prioritize how to spend their money to create the most bang for their buck. And like most women, I can never resist the hunt for a good bargain. If you are still intimidated, our Design Consultation Session is a great way to get a sense of what it is like to work with an Interior Decorator and get an idea of the different things we have to offer.
For a la carte services (Layout Services, Color Consultations, Custom Window Design, Home Staging Reports, Design Consultation Sessions, etc.) the fees are due in full on the day of our visit. For projects of larger scope you will receive an estimate and overview for your specific project along with a design agreement. A 50% deposit for retainer of our services is required upon signing of the agreement. The balance of payment is detailed in the agreement and in large depends on the project. Items that are special ordered for clients are required to be paid in full upon ordering. Arrangements vary for personal shopping.
There are many ways that Interior Decorators bill for their services and this can often be confusing to their clients. The most common way we bill is a flat design fee plus 30% on top of the cost of items we purchase at wholesale and 20% on contractor services we coordinate and hire. All delivery and freight charges are billed at actual cost. Our clients save by not paying the suggested retail price on items we acquire through our trade-only sources. We do not put a mark-up on top of items we purchase at retail pricing. Some retailers do offer us commissions when our clients purchase from them but these are usually nominal (3 to 7%). Unless the scope of the project changes, the flat fee does not change. We will accommodate clients who prefer to hire us strictly for consulting. This is for the client who wishes to do their own purchasing, ordering, installing and subcontracting using our guidance for materials, furnishings and color selections. Hourly consulting is $100 per hour and is usually retained in 5-hour increments.
We accept Personal Checks or Cash. A fee of $30 will be assessed for all returned checks.
Most of my clients are located within a 25 mile radius of the Cape Cod Canal. I do not charge for travel time within this radius whether it is back and forth to a client’s home, to stores for personal shopping, to take delivery of an item, etc. For clients outside the 25 mile radius travel time will be considered and charges for this time will be discussed prior to starting your project.
Here are a few questions to consider before hiring an Interior Decorator:
- When you look at fabrics and paint, are there so many choices that you just don’t know where to start?
- Did you start to redecorate your room and buy a few nice pieces, but just don’t know what to do with them?
- Have you seen pictures in magazines of the look you want but don’t know how to make it happen in your home?
- Are you and your living companion having trouble agreeing on what to do?
- Do you have good taste but need someone else to put it all together?
- Do you have no idea what things cost and where you should focus your spending?
An Interior Decorator not only makes a room look beautiful, they help their clients by providing direction from beginning to end, saving them time, money and headaches. They take into account the function of the space or spaces, traffic flow, ease of use, proper lighting, finishes, safety and other considerations unique to the space. They help with setting priorities within their client’s budget and have access to trade-only resources, often saving the client more money then what they would have spent without the hiring of a decorator.
We have relationships with many contractors on Cape Cod and can help you find a qualified professional. With my background in construction, I can “talk the talk” and help facilitate communication. In addition, my vast understanding of specs, contracts, scheduling and change orders can alleviate the headaches some homeowners face when remodeling or building a new home.
Before we meet here are some things you should think about. It is also very helpful to fill out the Client Assessment Form on our Contact page.
What is your Budget: Browse to get a feel for how much furnishings, accessories, fabrics, hardware and styles can cost. Sometimes clients are afraid to communicate a budget because they fear we are out to “spend it all.” This is absolutely untrue. Without a budget we cannot determine where to start your project.
What are your Priorities: Which rooms are at the top of your list to decorate? Within that room, what are the things that you want to change first? I often work with clients by doing their projects in stages depending on what their budget allows.
What is your Lifestyle: Ask yourself how do you live? Are you a perfectionist? Do you have kids or pets? Do you have kids who act like pets? Do you entertain? How long do you plan to live in the home?
What is your Inspiration: Look through magazines, and the internet for photos and inspiration. Photos are a great way to communicate visually with us your likes and style ideas. Sometimes clipping out things you DON’T like can be very helpful too.
Jennifer is available by appointment Tuesday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm. We try to accomodate clients who need Saturday appointments as much as possible however they usually take longer to book due to availability. Sunday appointments are also sometimes available upon request (except during football season, her biggest passion, next to decorating of course).