So, you’ve taken on a home decorating project. Whether you are just in the early stages, halfway through or almost done, you are starting to question if you are doing the right thing. The project might be a simple, small one or a large undertaking. In any event, you are realizing you have bitten off more than you can chew. Your attitude has changed from eager beaver to doubting Thomas.
Here are 5 simple signs to know it’s time to get a professional opinion to see you through.
- You are too BUSY to take on the project.
Whatever you have going on in your life you have too much of it. It may be hard to squeeze in that project without a little help. We can always find time for something if we really want to. Problem: In the beginning of any new project we want to! It’s exciting and fun, but as time goes by and the project does not progress, it eventually gets moved to the back burner. We lose the momentum. Annoyance and frustration can soon replace the excitement.
- You have little or no EXPERIENCE and have never taken on a project like this before.
Okay so you wouldn’t call your dentist to come paint your living room, right? He might do a great job, or not. Do you really want to find out? When it comes to home decorating projects, stick to what you know. I despise painting, every time I’m done a room I promise myself I’m never going to do it again. The following season I find myself taping off the baseboards with a fresh can of paint ready to be pried open. Why do I keep doing it? Because I’m good at it. I’ve done it a hundred times, I have experience. I would not sew my own roman blind though, as I’ve never even sewn a button on a shirt. Know your skills and stick to them. You know you have a fantastic vision for an end result but may not know everything involved in between. It doesn’t mean you can’t try new things, however, try to consider cost of error vs cost of a professional. Remember a “fun weekend project” could turn into a “month(s) long nightmare” resulting in calling a professional anyway.
- You and your significant other have two totally DIFFERENT visions.
New drapes, toss cushions and area rug, yay! Oh no, wait, nay! Your partner is not exactly on the same page as you. In fact, they are in a completely different book. You were thinking colourful and bright florals, they were thinking black and white geometrics. Most professionals have a ton of experience in this department. We act as mediators, psychologists and marriage counselors. We can come up with a solution that incorporates everyone’s ideas and create an end result that everyone is happy with.
- You have run into your first PROBLEM and don’t know how to proceed.
Instead of enjoying your new space you are now sitting idle and have lost all excitement and motivation. Things did not go down as you thought they would now you are stuck. The end result of this situation could be similar to situation #1 above.
- You can’t DECIDE. You keep looking at all the latest trends on the internet, magazines and TV shows.
This actually happens A LOT. In my opinion this is the main reason why you should call a professional. I met a client 8 years ago at a previous job who was wanting to redo her master bedroom in a modern style. I recently met that client again who was still wanting to redo her master bedroom…in a French Provincial style… just saying. All the ideas portrayed through media can be very overwhelming and confusing. It’s like buying anything new, something better might be just around the corner. A pro can help reign in and compile all your ideas as well as take into consideration what will work with your home, budget and lifestyle.
Remember, professionals have done this before! Sometimes calling a professional is a no brainer. For example, C&M offers COMPLIMENTARY IN HOME CONSULTATIONS AND FREE QUOTES for all your windows coverings, bedding, and home accent needs, which means you have nothing to lose. We listen to your needs and wants and help create a final look that is completely unique to you. Our experienced staff promises a fully professional job and we will even make it fun for you too!
Written by: Alicia Hewitt