Last week, experts were asked to discuss the benefits of a homeowner working with the same professional on a repeat basis. Most responses focused on financial savings to the homeowner or the benefit to the professional's business. Katie's comments were deemed most-thought provoking because they brought up other benefits, as described below:
If I have previously worked with a client I have a much better understanding of what they need from me as a design professional. I understand not only their particular style and practical needs for the home, but also their communication style and their biggest fears or worries.This week's Blog-Off award is actually the third award Roomations has received since the Blog-Off began. Katie has been awarded the Best Advice award twice. Here are some of her award-winning recommendations for translating inspiration from home design shows into your own home reality:
1) Research! That state-of-the-art wall mounted fireplace may have looked super-fab in Candace Olsen’s latest design, but do a quick google search and see how much it costs. If it’s really something you can afford, then bring it up with your contractor. Your contractor will be able to look at your home to see if it’s feasible. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
2) Set priorities. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all. But the process of home improvement is like an all you can eat buffet – it’s easy to bite off more than you can chew. Make a list of your most important projects and don’t start the second one until you’ve finished the first.
3) Be realistic with your expectations. Ever go to the salon and love how your hair looks that day, but you can never get it to look the same? Well, things can look amazing on television where there is proper lighting, brand new items, and the perfect accessories. But realistically, you need a livable space where everything functions well and you can let your hair down.eLocal.com is a website that helps homeowners find local plumbers, electricians, roofers and other service professionals. Visit http://www.elocal.com/content/home-expert-network/ to learn more about the blog-off and the eLocal network of home experts.