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Interior Designers: How To Stay Competitive In Today's Economy

idealightbulbRethinking Remodeling
Interior designers face new challenges in today's economy. Potential clients are not only looking for excellence in taste and functionality, they also want their remodeling to be professional, and affordable.

Times are changing; interior designers who make adjustments can remain competitive even in a down economy.

The idea is to adjust to smaller project budgets and maximize results.

dollarcutCut Costs Not Quality
There are several ways to work within the budget of your clients by carefully selecting options that will save them money, while also fulfilling the parameters for remodeling their home.

  • Prioritize the most important wants of your client first and eliminate non essentials.
  • Instead of using marble for counter tops and wood for floors, try using laminates or refinishing to save costs.
  • For major cost savings, avoid knocking down walls. Work within the allocated space available.
  • Refinish cabinets instead of replacing them.
  • Select lighting, carpeting, or furniture from warehouse outlets rather than designer retail stores

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livingroomHome Staging: An Alternate Income Source
What does a home stager do? Think of the job as redecorating a home on a quick turn around to give it the highest curb appeal in order to sell the house. Home stagers remove clutter, rearrange or replace furniture, do moderate landscaping, and enhance the overall look of the house.

Home Staging Sells Houses
Why is this service important for home sellers? Jan Van Horne of Coldwell Banker Realty said, "Typically, a potential buyer has made up their mind ten seconds after they step in the front door. They were already forming an opinion as they pulled into your driveway!" Putting the best foot forward, in this case, is essential in increasing the chances of selling a client's house.

homestagerGive It a Try
Home staging affords more flexibility because more projects can be done in the same time as a three month project in remodeling one home.

Give home staging a try. This side business may help you weather the economic storm until the economy recovers. For students or recent graduates, home staging may be a great alternative career.


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Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design
Boost your career with training from Sullivan College of Technology and Design. We offer diploma and degree programs for careers in the technology and design field.
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DEC Interior Design
  • A private, accredited distance learning college based in Norcross, Georgia founded in 1987.
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Keiser University Campus , West Palm Beach
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