Friday, January 27, 2012

Custom Furniture Toronto - Getting What You Want at an Affordable Price

By Socrates De Souza

When it comes to hiring interior designers, a very common question that is asked is how much is it going to cost. There are a lot of people that worry that their interior designer is over charging them. These are both actually very hard question to answer because the price will depend on the individual job. Custom furniture can be very expensive; however, the actual price will depend on what you are actually looking for. The price charge will vary between designers as well; therefore, it is a good idea to get a few quotes before you decide on what designer to use.

There are a variety of ways in which you can be charged by your designer. Some designers prefer to be paid by the hour, which is not an ideal set-up for you. One designer may be a very fast worker while another takes twice as much time. In that case, the first designer would be cheaper and the second would cost you twice as much! You never know what you are getting when you hire them the first time.

That said, consultations are usually priced fairly by the hour with another payment then agreed upon for the actual work to be carried out. Some designers will agree to setting a cap or limit on the number of hours for the work to be completed in or on the total price maximum. You just have to come to a clear understanding of what happens once that cap is reached if the project is not completed yet.

The agreements that are based on a percentage will involve the designer charging you a certain percentage of your available budget. It is very important that the agreement that is set out is very clear about what will be charged. The agreements that are centered on commission are actually very similar to the percentages based agreements. The commission agreement charges a percentage of the costs of the items that are used for the project. This is a very common method of pricing that is used by designers.

Another pricing option which is not used very often is to charge by the square foot. Designers who use this method will have a predetermined price per square foot and will usually use this charging method only for large projects. That said, the most commonly used charging system is one fixed fee. You are better off this way since there is no guessing or figuring out how much you will have to pay in the end. You are charged one agreed up on price regardless of the time it takes to complete or the number of square feet involved, though your designer will keep those factors in mind when setting the flat fee.

At the time you assign an interior design project to a designer, expect them to want a deposit before they actually begin the work. Deposits are standard practice for interior designers and usually run in the ballpark of 15% of the cost of the job, or estimated cost of the job.

In some cases, you may find a designer who wants as much as half of the fee upfront. You will typically pay for the consultation in full and then discuss the payment schedules and down payments in the event you decide to hire that designer.

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