Three Benefits Contractors Have Working with Interior Designers
Are you a remodeler or contractor who works with residential or commercial customers? Do you have a working relationship with an interior designer or do you choose to “go it alone” with your clients? If you choose to go it alone, you may be missing opportunities that working with interior designers may offer.
Working with discerning customers and clients can be a daunting task for any contractor. Customers expect their contractors to be aware of every option available to them and to offer designs that exceed their expectations. Some contractors can offer design services as part of their value proposition to their clients. However, there are benefits that contractors and remodelers can take advantage of when working with interior designers.
The Three Benefits for Contractors Are…
- Working with interior designers allows contractors to remain focused on completing their projects without getting wrapped up in minutia and details. Customers develop certain expectations, but may not fully understand how to get to where they want to go. Emotions play a big part in the development of a project design as well. By allowing the interior design professional to work with the client, the contractor remains effectively focused on executing the scope of work.
- Budgets are difficult to define when working on initial project development. Clients typically avoid divulging their budgets, especially to contractors. By working with interior designers, the client may be more apt to discuss budgets with the expectation that it will help the design professional be more effective in developing the design. “Many contractors work on a word-of-mouth referral program.”
- Contractors are always looking for opportunities. Many contractors work on a word-of-mouth referral program. One satisfied customer leads to referrals and eventually the next project. By working with interior designers, a contractor can now leverage their relationship with a design professional. By collaborating with an interior designer, contractors can offer opportunities to the design professional as well as enjoy opportunities where the design professional brings them in as the contractor.
Working with interior designers provides multiple opportunities for contractors and remodelers to improve and grow their business.
Christopher Grubb with Arch Interiors, Inc. has produced a course on Satisfying the Desire for Luxury Lifestyles in the Bath through the Construct-Ed online learning community. This course discusses how contractors can benefit from partnering with an interior designer for luxury bath projects.
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I’m curious about the relationship between an interior designer and a decorative painter. I am a muralist and thinking about teaming up with a local designer who found me on a lead-generating platform. I just met her at the home of a client she is working with at the moment. This relationship looks promising, but I’d like to go into it more informed about the kinds of agreements I might need to sign…..or shouldn’t sign. I have my own proposal/contract that I use when I work with clients directly. It requires an advance design fee and a non-refundable deposit before I will hold a start date. It requires final payment on the last day of the project before work begins that day. This way, I never get stiffed. I also have my own guarantee.. But when does an interior designer pay the contractors? What kind of guarantees might they offer clients in regard to my work? I want to understand the usual practices regarding these things BEFORE I meet with this designer. I want to be flexible without hurting my own bottom line. Anyone have any advice?
I want to understand the usual practices regarding these things BEFORE I meet with this designer. I want to be flexible without hurting my own bottom line. This relationship looks promising, but I’d like to go into it more informed about the kinds of agreements.
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