Assuming that you already know about all of the advantages of working with a designer from my previous blogs, lets jump right into what it will cost you, not taking into consideration what we can save you.
Designers work several different ways:
The way I work is by charging an hourly rate which includes conceptual work, consultation, drawings, shopping, on-site supervision and travel time if outside the island on Montreal. I don’t take cuts on what I sell and I pass my discounts down to my client, but I charge for all of the time I put into the project. The reason I choose to work this way is because I find it to be the most fair for both my client and I. Through the years, I’ve learned that every project and every client is different. No two projects are alike, therefore I can give you an estimate but I find it close to impossible to specify a flat rate for any project. Plus, at the end of the project, my clients know exactly what they’ve paid for; how much I charged them and how much I saved them and I feel happy working with my clients to get them the best possible deals.
A designer’s hourly rate varies from $45 to $250 per hour. This rate is based on several factors. First, an experienced designer who really knows what they are doing will definitely be charging more than $45 per hour. A designers rate will consistently go up throughout their career as they acquire more experience and knowlegde through both their work and continuing education.
I’m not saying that a designer who charges $45 per hour is not completely qualified to take on your project. I’m just saying that they may not have as much experience under their belt as one that is charging $200. Let’s face it, school only gets you so far as a designer. Our real knowledge lies in the projects that we complete and the hiccups that we face along the way.
Another hidden clue as to what a designer charges is if they have another income source like a percentage of their sales. Most designers consider this a big part of their income and part of their job. They may charge a lower hourly fee but they balance out with what they sell you. This “commission” is also a cushion or insurance for them in case anything goes wrong with the order, while other designers will have to absorb this cost themselves if a mistake is made.
How many hours will it take to complete a project? That depends on how big your project is, how well your interior designer understands you and what you want and if you prefer to be hands on or if you prefer for your designer to do …