#3 Unique – You want something that is very unique and individual, and something that you can’t buy in just any store. Professionals have access to sources that are not available to the general public. Often these items cannot even be purchased in stores. Beautiful things can be found in a multitude of places, and it is the job of the professional to have access to these sources. When you want your living room to be unique, using a professional to find the perfect piece of fabric or furniture can be invaluable.
Once you decide that a professional is just what you need, start doing your homework. Begin by asking people you trust about design professionals that they have used in the past; there is nothing better than a referral from a trusted friend who has already done the research. Consider interior designers, decorators, and window treatment specialists. Many specialize in one area, while others offer full service.
Now that you are ready to make the call, have your questions on hand! Ask anything from “how do you work with a client” to “may I have a list of references.” When you hire a professional to work in your home, you are inviting a stranger into your personal life. Be sure the person you hire is not only a good designer, but someone you feel so comfortable with you won’t mind sharing personal details concerning the way you live in your home. Now, get your Tax Season off to a great start by doing just that -- Get Started!
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