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Decor Myth Busted: Hiring an Interior Designer is Expensive

Three designers shed light on these popular home myths

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Is it crucial to hire a professional when you build your dream home? Is it really expensive? Take note of these insights from freelance interior designer Pam Akia Duma.

Interview and Production by Tala Singson and Paula de Guzman. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Read the original article ("10 Decor Myths - Busted”) in the June 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details. 

Myth No. 5: Hiring an Interior Designer is expensive.

Freelance interior designer Pam Akia Duma explains: “When you hire a professional, typically they will charge you a law-standardized fee for the design solutions to your problems. Keep in mind that these professionals studied for four years or more and passed a rigorous board exam to be able to uphold and safeguard the living conditions of the end users.

They might have even taken short courses, seminars, and lectures here or abroad to further their expertise. This is why we, interior designers are entitled to a professional fee. We render sound advice with an output (actual measured floor plans and the like). We translate your dreams into technical plans that serve as your contractor’s guide, so your dream home becomes a reality.”

THE BOTTOM LINE: BE UPFRONT WITH YOUR DESIGNER WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT BUDGET.

Check back tomorrow for more decor myths.

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