We are regularly contacted by Cornwall’s luxury Holiday Let & Estate Agencies to provide advice to clients who want to let their existing property or who are looking to buy something new as an investment. Mostly they want to know how to attract high-end discerning customers who are willing to pay a premium, whilst also achieving maximum return on investment.
The relationship between Interior Designer and client is a really important and one that needs to be based on trust, so once you’ve found ‘the one’ how do you go about building trust and taking this relationship to the next level? Here are my top 5 tips to help you do so:
Check their credentials
Anyone can say they’re an Interior Designer but there’s a big difference between decorating your space attractively and actual interior design. If you’re looking for someone who totally understands longevity of design, return on investment or to undertake any kind of renovation work, make sure you go for the latter. The best way to check your Interior Designer is reputable and knows their stuff is to check if they are registered with the British Institute of Interior Design. This is government regulated and they have strict guidelines and criteria that must be met. This alone should build some trust in your designer, as they have had to go through various levels of education and experience as registration is is only awarded to organisations that undertake research at the highest level. This leads me nicely on to..
The next thing you need to look at is what kind of experience they have, not just generally but specifically relating to your project. If you want to enter into the luxury holiday let industry and command the best price for your property, then you need to speak to a designer that understands this field. Luxury holiday letting is competitive; you want to make sure your interiors not only look great but that the space works well for the job intended. Interiors should be hard wearing and not date when the latest trends change. Sometimes investing slightly more, in the beginning, can make a huge difference to your return on investment long term and a good designer will be able to explain this to you and advise accordingly.
Naturally following experience is their portfolio. This should illustrate that the experience they have is suitable to your project and if you like what you see, this should give you peace of mind you have come to the right designer. Many clients don’t have a clear idea of what they want when they first approach a designer, so this is a great place to check their creativity and give you the confidence to embrace it when it comes to them designing a scheme that is totally unique to you and your property needs. It’s this uniqueness that will make you stand out from the crowd and command that high price tag, don’t blend in with all the rest or choose a designer that advises you too!
Listen, be open and take time to consider
A good interior designer will often give you solutions you hadn’t even considered, this could be anything from an interior colour scheme through to structural changes to make your space work better. Sometimes this can come as a shock and the instant reaction is to think that designer isn’t the right fit for you. If this happens try and take time to consider it and be open to the suggestions. Remember, this is the point of hiring a credible interior designer in the first place and trusting their knowledge and advice. Their professional suggestions could be the difference between a good interior design scheme and an outstanding one. One that ticks all of the boxes you wanted, plus some extras you hadn’t considered, ultimately maximising return on investment for you (even if it doesn’t look 100% like how you thought it would).
We all have them and getting outside of them can often be a good thing. As far as building trust with your interior designer goes, remember they are a professional in this field and their job is to understand what will best serve your particular interior design project and objectives. Your ideas may clash and that’s okay, what’s really important is that your designer understands you and what you want to achieve, in return you’re prepared to push your boundaries (even if only slightly). Try to be open to their professional advice, for the good of the project, a good designer will help you see why certain elements need to be done and the benefits for doing them in the long run.
If you have a luxury holiday home refurbishment or renovation project that you need help with or to speak to Elaine please call 01872 248592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org