When Should You Consult an Interior Designer — & When Should You Not

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Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned property owner, navigating the homeowner's journey can be complicated at every stage. Making decisions about your home isn't always easy, so it's vital to know that there are a diverse array of professionals available to help with nearly every aspect of buying, selling, and upgrading your space. 

In the same way that REALTORS® like us can help you buy or sell a property, interior designers are experts at enhancing your home to suit who you are, what you need, and how you want it. 

Considering whether to hire an interior designer can be daunting and confusing. But don't worry, we've got you covered with the industry's best wisdom on how to determine whether or not to hire an interior designer for your home. 

Why are interior designers important? 

Contrary to popular belief, interior designers are not all about forcing their own agenda or creating cookie-cutter styles based on what's trending. Instead, designers take the time to understand your vision and needs. Interior design isn't solely focused on cultivating aesthetically pleasing looks either – the best designers know how to find the perfect balance between function and fashion. 

Ultimately, their goal is to help you create or upgrade your home into the most efficient, effective, and effortlessly beautiful place it can be, all according to your budget. So how do you know when it's the right time to invest in an interior designer?

When should you consult an interior designer?

1. You bought a new home; congratulations!

Let's start with the obvious – when you buy a new place, even your dream property might need some personalization and TLC to make the house feel more like home. Working with an interior designer can help you make the most of your new space. If you're a first-time buyer overwhelmed by the task of making the house your own, a designer can help take some pressure off the process by giving you a place to start. 

2. You want to renovate your home 

Maybe your kitchen needs an upgrade, or your bathroom is a bit outdated. Perhaps you want to knock down the dining room wall to create an open-concept space. Whatever your reno plans, an interior designer can help conceptualize and execute your vision. 

3. You crave a change in your space 

Whether you've got the design bug from various home improvement magazines or watching a few too many HGTV re-runs, hiring an interior designer is a great way to explore your options when you're not quite sure where to start but know you need a change. 

When should you avoid hiring an interior designer? 

1. Your timeline or budget doesn't match your vision 

Sometimes the idea we have in our heads of what we want for ourselves does not align with our current needs. Owning a home can be expensive, renovations take time, and not everyone has an immediate budget for an interior designer. If you're in the market for a designer who can help match your home to your desired lifestyle, budget accordingly and plan to make changes on a timeline that accommodates your wallet. 

2. You're equipped for DIY alternatives 

Why consult the professionals when you can tackle your dream interior design with a series of coordinated Do-It-Yourself projects? Why not choose the ultimate customizable option if you're savvy with design, architecture, decoration, and overall project management? There are plenty of online resources to guide the process if you have the time, budget, and skills! 

3. You aren't ready to make changes

If you're moving, working, or raising a family – maybe even all three at once – chances are your life would be further uprooted by making extra changes alongside an interior designer. If the prospect of being displaced or disturbed by the chaos of renovations would do more harm than good at this point, you may not be ready for more change, and that's okay too! 

While working with an interior designer may not be for everyone, many homeowners will find design help transformational for the functionality and style of their home. It could even make your property more marketable should you decide to sell in the future! Whatever you decide, here's wishing you the very best when it comes to making yourself at home. 

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