As an interior designer, you’re bound to respect the budget of some clients and work based on their criteria and money. Some clients have a big budget, and some have a restricted one, but whatever is the case, it’s important to respect that budget and not go over it and surpass it.
That is why it’s important to plan ahead about all the choices you’ll be making when it comes to décor, to walls, to the furniture, and so on. This planning ahead is probably the worst thing to do for an interior designer as you’ll probably just want to follow your guts and go with the flow, but with a restricted budget, that means your creativity will be restricted to.
So, how can you get the most out of a client’s decorating budget? That’s what we’ll be discussing today!
Create A Design Wishlist
To be able to create a beautiful design to your client that goes well with their budget, it’s important to create a design wishlist. This means you’ll have to come up with different design scenarios for the room or for the house and create each one while keeping in mind your client’s restricted budget. This means you’ll have to think about every single detail in every scenario, you’ll have to determine if some things need to be purchased, or need to be made if some things can be done by the client himself, or if he/she’ll need assistance, and so on.
This differences in scenarios will help you hope for the best but also prepare for the worst in order to satisfy your client.
Determine The Client’s Budget
The clients sometimes can be very mysterious, they won’t tell you their real budget and they’ll just scramble a number without even thinking about it. That’s why it’s important to sit with your clients, face to face if needed and understand their needs and budget very well. Understand if it’ll be possible to surpass the budget limit with a 10% if possible, or if you should actually go below their limits. Some clients just can’t afford to buy some things or prefer to be minimalist and only have the minimum possible.
You should keep that in mind every time you meet with a client in order to gauge their expectations and limits.
Take A Tour
And what I mean by this is that you should start going out more in order to find how much certain décors cost and how much some furniture cost. By looking around and seeing all the details and all the price tags, you’ll be able to keep in mind the furniture and décors your client will like and that will go perfectly with the design wishlist you’ve created beforehand. You can even take pictures of the things you like and forward them to your client in order to get them on board with the process and understand their taste better.
This phase is very important as it will help you stick to a design scenario or two that will help you create the perfect masterpiece.
Finalize the Scenario
Having too many scenarios can really be daunting and confusing, you just don’t know which one to choose and which one you should stick to. That’s why it’s important to stick to design or two in order to make it easier for you to choose the design that will go best with your client’s budget and your client’s house/room.
Some designs can be over pricy, some designs can be very cheap, and some designs are JUST IT. Choose the designs that respect your client’s budget and their expectations in order to be able to finalize them and share them with the client.
Talk With Your Client
After finalizing the first draft of your scenario or two, it’s important to get the client on board and ask them for their opinion. Sometimes clients are just too picky, too detail-oriented, and are confused. That’s why it’s important to share with their your progress and your final thoughts before making any purchase or any decision.
Make sure you explain why you’ve thought that design was the best one, the budget It’ll cost them, and all the things that they may want to hear or understand. Explain everything thoroughly and make sure they don’t have any questions and have understood everything so that you can move on with the process.
Give them a couple of days or even weeks to go over the design scenario themselves in order to feel it and in order to imagine if this is how they want their house/room to look like. Once they’ve come up with a decision they will let you know so that you can move on to the next step.
Create the Purchase List
If your client agreed to the overall design and overall layout you’ve created, then it’s time to move on with the purchases. You don’t have to be the one to necessarily make them, but you’ll have to be the one to create a purchase list for your client in order to help them buy the things that will go the best with the design plan you’ve come up with.
Go ahead and do a second tour, explore what your client needs and what the design will look like with those pieces, check out the price tags in order not to surpass the budget, and just make sure to respect everything overall.
Once you come up with the pieces your client needs and their prices, all you have to do is forward them the list and wait for their opinion and decision, and that’s how you’ll get the most of your client’s decorating budget.
Respecting a budget overall whether it’s for yourself or for your client can be very hard, which is why you need to plan ahead for every step you make and for every scenario you think of. Your client needs to be happy with your work, and you need to be happy with yourself. So make sure to get the most out of your budget.