3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring an Interior Decorator

by Jacqui Zuzgo 05/02/2021

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When you move into a new home, it is common to have the urge to redecorate completely. To find just the right pieces and perfect the design style you desire you may want to hire a professional. Employing an interior decorator to help you with your new home décor might be a great idea, but it may not be the right idea for you. Here are three questions to ask yourself before hiring a professional. 

1. How much redecorating are you planning to do?

Do you plan to redecorate the whole house, a couple main rooms, or are you really just looking for a new sofa and dining room table? Outlining what exactly you plan to use an interior decorator’s help for will help you determine if you need one or not. If you’re only looking for a few new pieces you can probably make a good decision using your own preferences and a bit of shopping around. 

Visit different furniture stores and ask questions and advice from the designers or salespeople. You might be surprised to find how insightful they can be by simply looking at a picture of your home or room and suggesting solutions for the singular pieces you seek. If you’re redecorating the whole house and you want to start from scratch, help from an interior professional might be just the thing for you.

2. How much time do you have to shop?

Many people love visiting different furniture and home décor stores to see what’s out there. They want to try out different fabrics, sit on each sofa or test out each writing desk and dining table. Others either find this activity tedious or simply don’t have the time to put into finding the perfect pieces. Here’s where a professional comes in. If you don’t have time to shop, your interior decorator can help you narrow down your selections and bring you different fabrics, finishes and even whole items to try out before purchasing them. Sometimes the process can take a bit longer this way with more trial and error. 

However, a professional can help negotiate trial periods or viewing opportunities with different dealers, so you don’t end up paying a bunch of restocking fees. With a pro you can make selections without having to be present for all of the shopping.

3. What is your budget?

You may want to redecorate your whole house, but do you have the budget to do so? Furthermore, do you have the budget to hire a professional to help? An interior decorator will typically charge you an hourly fee for their services, plus potential mark-up or commission fees on each furniture piece they help select and purchase.

It’s all a normal part of how the industry works, but the additional costs are something you need to consider when reviewing your budget. You may have enough money to purchase the furniture yourself, or even pay for white-glove service, but can you afford the additional help?

If you can hire a professional without sacrificing too much of your budget, it can be well worth it.

About the Author
Author

Jacqui Zuzgo

I have been a REALTOR® in Massachusetts since 1984 and hold both a salesman and broker license. I am currently affiliated with Five College REALTORS® located at 190 University Drive, Amherst, MA. Over my career, I have consistently been a Top Producer in the Pioneer Valley and have gained a reputation for being a strong-minded, no-nonsense negotiator in the industry. I also frequently rank highly on Boston’s Top 20 for sales in Western Massachusetts. Some of my best qualities include my listening and communication skills. I have time and again proven to work well under pressure with exceptional attention to detail. My commitment to my clients and professionalism is obvious in every transaction.

Representing both buyers and sellers in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, as well as assisting in relocations throughout the United States and globally has helped me embrace the need for quality performance and develop an acute and sincere sensitivity to people's needs. Honing in on what matters most is almost a sixth sense. Communication and awareness of the situation at hand produce a final result that has undoubtedly led to the large referral business I maintain.

Education has been a theme throughout my 30 years of experience. Well versed in technology and holding key designations have proven to be assets to my performance and dedication to the Real Estate field. My never-ending enthusiasm, availability, knowledge and drive make for a seamless transaction every client, every time.

I am a native of the Pioneer Valley. I am committed to sharing all the area has to offer in making your transition, whether long distance or short, a satisfying experience.

Education:

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Bachelor of Science 1983
  • Top Individual Seller for Residential Sales in the Pioneer Valley since 2006.
  • #1#1 Realtor in the entire Franklin/Hampshire Counties for Millions Sold since 1999.
  • Highest producer in sales since 2004 in Franklin/Hampshire Counties.
  • ABR®– Accredited Buyer's Representative
  • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist (only 3% of REALTORS® hold a CRS)
  • e-PRO – Digital Marketing, Certified e-PRO Realtor®
  • GRI – Graduate, Realtors® Institute
  • SRES– Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

Biographical Highlights:

Life long, active member of the community, born & raised in the Pioneer Valley. Graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BS 1983.

Current Committee Involvement:

Member of the local Chamber of Commerce - Post Board of Director's member Volunteer for the Road to Recovery.

Greenfield Community College Foundation Board Member 

Greenfield Savings Bank Corporator

MLS Professional Standards Committee Member

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