37B High Street Newtownards BT23 7HS
Interior Design Fees explained…
Redecorating your home with the help of an Interior Designer can transform your house for
the better and works out a surprisingly worthwhile investment too!
We offer a free initial consultation at our premises to help give you an idea of how we work
and what to expect. We discuss timescale, budget, and try to get an idea of the style you
are looking for.. Looking at fabrics and wallpaper designs with paint tones. To take
advantage of this meeting we would suggest to bring Plans and / or images of the rooms as
well as any images of Interiors that have caught your eye. We do deal with casual callers,
but it is better to make an appointment to make sure that we are available - as a guide this
would normally last about 20 - 25 mins.
From this we then decide if a house visit is needed, as often customers have a good idea of
what they are looking for and it is just finding it, maybe a home visit is not required. After a
scheme has started to come together in the store you may need to use the measuring
service.. This can cost from £20 - £60 depending on distance from the store. We can quote
from your measurements given but it is recommended to use the measuring service as
unseen issues are better found out before anything is ordered.
If we decide that visiting your home is the best way for us to help then the fee is discussed
depending on how many rooms and what is needed for each area. As a guide this is
charged at an hourly rate for £120 (£100 plus vat) which is payable when booking the
appointment. Mileage for home visits within 10 miles of Newtownards is included. Mileage
will be charged at 50p per mile (each way) thereafter.
On the site visit we tour the house together picking out which pieces of furniture that will
kept, getting an idea of the style of the room/s. This is important as we can get an idea of
the feel of the house and can give better advice of how to furnish and determine the best
colours, patterns and shapes for your home, and also access how things work in regard to
the space and / or dimensions available. At this point notes are made, and photos are
taken to help the recall the space. Measurements are also taken only for estimates only at
The Schemes…. The next step is an appointment in the shop. This is normally booked in
from 7 - 10 days after the Site visit. You will be greeted with a display of fabrics, wallpaper,
paint boards, pole fittings and blind samples. Images of furniture and lighting styles will be
shown and the practically of window dressing will be discussed…
An Estimate of the scheme will also be given, or may follow after a few amendments after
this meeting. The scheme/s are flexible and we work with you until we are all happy that
we have ended with the best possible outcome for you. If you are happy with what you
see, depending on the project, we may have all products available in the shop, but there
are times where we will not have and we will need to go to certain contacts to find other
products - light fittings, furniture, tiling, flooring options for you..This is also priced at £100
plus vat per hour.
We have a good range of local connections which keeps the time cost to a minimum. Often
working with other local manufacturers and businesses enables us to sometimes offer
discounted materials or products on your behalf and also saving you the time and hassle of
shopping around for the best deal.
You have the option of a Mood Board which can be made at an extra cost of £85 or the
samples being sent directly to you free of charge from the different companies. We can
also arrange for them all to be posted to the shop if you prefer and they can be discussed
again if needed.
If you decide to go ahead with the Scheme … we thank you in advance.
Next we would book you in with our Measuring Service and as an idea of a cost this can be
anything from £20 to £60 depending on the location and the size or type of job.
A finalized quote of products will be posted which includes the project management and
also Labour Costs of Painters / Tilers /Carpet Layers / Curtain and Blind fitters.
Then we will project manage the design from start to finish - Ordering all products,
checking delivery’s, keeping you updated giving details to labourers, arranging installation
and finally visiting the site to make sure we are both happy with the end result!
We often take photographs for our own records and with your permission use the images
in our social media. We can arrange for one of the local Interior images specialists or local
magazines to visit - which can be a lovely keepsake for yourself or as a helpful tool if you are
thinking of selling your property at a later date.
Every project is different, some smaller or larger than others, so the time to manage a
project can vary. We are proud to be able to keep the fees to a minimum.
We are able to cost a scheme for only window treatments or if it is a Paint Consultancy you
are interested in please contact us on - 02891815076 and we can discuss your needs
We look forward to meeting you!
Jillian and the rest of the Team @ Alan Espey Interiors.
Alan Espey Interiors
37B high Street Newtownards BT23 7HS