Ask the Experts: Interior Designer

Todays-Renovators-Ask-The-Expers-1Welcome to our first of many
Ask the Experts  blog series.

If you’re looking for advice on how to stage your home for sale, or wondering if working with an interior designer alongside a contractor could make a huge difference on the outcome of your project or sale, check out our blog below with input from our resident interior design expert, Kelly Maiorino.

Kelly is the co-owner of Unique Spaces, a local interior design firm based right here in Ottawa. Kelly’s wide array of experience ranges from preparing clients’ homes to sell (including working with realtors), as well as designing and staging model homes, investment properties and flip houses.

Tips on staging your home for sale

When it comes to helping a seller prepare their home for sale, Kelly’s first order of business is to give them a to-do list, with cleaning and de-cluttering as a top priority.

“I encourage my clients to de-clutter, clean and free up the space, so when a buyer is coming in, they imagine it as their own,” she says. “I even suggest removing all photos and artwork from the wall, so that the eye can see the space better.”

When it comes to staging residential properties, Kelly maintains that a staged home is always better than one that has no furniture.

“Furniture makes the space feel more comfortable and homey, and allows potential buyers to envision where they can put their own furniture,” she says.

Why work with an interior designer when selling your home?

Having that extra eye to help you determine what a potential buyer might be looking for (or not looking for!) is one of the main reasons to hire an interior designer, Kelly says.

unique logo“Bringing in an interior designer—someone who has more of an objective opinion and can give you tips—can also potentially increase your resale value,” she adds.

Working with an interior designer also helps the seller stay on track, while still living in their home. Kelly’s to-do list, for example, keeps them organized, while also providing them with tips to create a functional space to live in that’s also aesthetically pleasing for potential buyers.

What is the relationship between an interior designer and a contractor?

If you’re looking to maximize the outcome of your renovation project, consider working with an interior designer alongside your contractor. While the contractor or renovator’s expertise has to do more with the building and form of the space, the interior designer’s role focuses more on aesthetics.

“Interior designers have quicker, easier access to things such as lighting and tile, which essentially saves the contractor time and allows them to stay on project while we source the finishing materials,” Kelly says.

She adds that when it comes to the relationship, communication is the biggest factor. Essentially, the interior designer acts as a middle man that helps bridge the gap between what the homeowner is looking for and what the contractor is going to deliver.

“The contractor can do a brilliant job, but they may not see your vision when it comes to your design style,” Kelly says. “That’s where I come in.”

Looking to redesign your space? Give us a call today, or check out some more of Kelly’s work, featured here, for some added inspiration!

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