Posts By Michael Bracher

Three Traits to Look For in a Residential Interior Designer

Hiring a professional is a undertaking that requires some homework. There will always be  list of things to consider. Many of these traits you look for are universal, and can often apply to a vast number of professionals. Hiring a residential decorator  is no different. There are fundamentals that all professionals need to have in order to maintain a level of trust with their clients. These traits are something we should consider, and, further, expect when looking for someone to fulfill a need we have.

  1. Honesty

Nearly a thing of the past, this is still an integral part of the client relationship. A true professional looks to build trust at every turn. This is not only something they strive for, it is a way of life. This should be communicated in a few ways. First, if you have questions about price or contracts, they should be answered in a straightforward manner. This is one to the first places things can go off track. Never compromise on someone not wanting to be straightforward with money issues.

2. Reliability

This almost seems like a given. Unfortunately, it is not. You need to hire a residential interior decorator who does what they say they will do. This begins with simple things. If you make an appointment with a professional, they should honor you and show up on time. This is another basic, fundamental part of being a professional in any field. Do what you say, and show up on time. This can be a huge turnoff, and it will make me question the integrity of the professional. This needs to be a non-negotiable. If they cannot do a simple thing like honor time commitments, what else will they not be willing to honor. This is a slippery slope you do not want to go down.

3. Adaptability

Sure, we all have a plan of how things should go. Often that plan and reality are two different things. This is another important trait, especially in the world of residential interior decorators. Things often go wrong in life especially in complex projects, and you want a professional who is able to adapt to a variety of scenarios. This will put your mind at ease in the project, and will bolster their professionalism. This will help to create win-win scenarios out of tough situations. This is an important trait, and one that will help to build a trust based relationship.

No matter who you are looking to hire. Take some time to ensure they share these basic characteristics, and that they can communicate clearly with you. Do your homework, and take steps to vet them. While you can’t control want they do as the project goes on, you can control who your hire. It is important to find out as much as you can before you make the decision to hire. This will save you headaches and stress dow the road. The better the experience, the better quality of life you will enjoy. These are all important pieces of building a professional relationship.

Flooring Considerations for Your Custom Garage

Adding a custom garage to your home is a big decision. This can have a dramatic affect on the homes value in the year to come. This can have an effect on your net worth due to the increase of value in your home, and it can increase your potential profit if you sell your home in the future. The functionality of your home can also shift as you decide the purpose of your new addition. Perhaps an oversight in some scenarios, the choice you make in flooring for your garage will be important. There are a few points to consider. While this list is not exhaustive by any means, it is meant to help you begin to think through your options.

  1. Personal choice can have a huge impact on your flooring choices. There are a vast variety of choices. Many of these choices are simply based on taste, but some choices can be based on functionality. What statement are you attempting to make your garage? Is it about your hobbies, and meant to be an oasis from the hustle and bustle of life? Are you wanting to showcase a car collection? These types of considerations must be made when attempting to go through the many options.
  2. Functionality is a big consideration as well. If you are a car buff and into older vehicles, you will definitely not want carpet. Older vehicles are notorious for leaking fluids, and this would quickly ruin any carpet choice in your custom garage. For the car buff, a choice of concrete stain or an export floor might be better. These allow for quick cleanup, and tend to last longer than carpet. Other options like tile could be up for consideration, if you are hoping to make a statement. The functional purpose of a tiled garage is probably much lower. However, it can definitely impress it that is your end game. A concrete floor with a coat of paint is one of the most basic options, but it can be very functional. It is also one of the cheaper ways to go.
  3. A list of considerations would not be complete without considering the future. This is important in several ways. The value a custom garage can bring to your home is dependent on multiple factors. All of these factors must be considered if future home value is important to you. An option like a paint floor may be cheap, but it will not last long. If you are planning for the long-term, consider investing in better flooring options. Something that is multi-purpose and will withstand wear and tear is the best. This points towards an option like epoxy or a concrete stained floor.

No matter you choice in the end, the option you choose should be about your personality, how long you will be in your home and the investment value you hope to realize. The balance of these considerations will allow you to make a suitable decision. Having a trusted advisor in the custom garage builder field will help you make the most informed decision.