Fees 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 this point. 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 schemes 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 further! We look forward to meeting you! Jillian and the rest of the Team @ Alan Espey Interiors.