Avoid Moving Day Hassles

Having a Moving company Ottawa can help you avoid the stress of moving. Movers Ottawa will make sure you avoid the common mistakes that are made when people move.

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WHAT NOT TO DO WHEN MOVING

Imagine you have been told that the supermarket is open 9 to 7pm everyday of the week and it has all the fruits and vegetables you might want to buy. You go there and wonder why all the vegetables were not fresh and why the stocks were low. This is because no one tipped you on what you shouldn’t do-which was NOT to go on Thursday mornings as it is only later that the fresh stocks arrive! So you don’t get a list of ‘What Not to do’, you just may end up in trouble!

Do not procrastinate or delay planning your move. Whether you are laid back or the proactive kinds, you have to get started at the right time so you don’t have any last minute issues. You would have got all the advice on what you can do to make the move an easy affair. And to make your life easier, we have a few points on what you definitely should not do!

Do not rely completely on your friends or family to pack if they have offered to pitch in. Be sure it is not a random statement and they mean it. Always have a back-up plan ready in case they cannot keep up to their commitment.

Do not keep your basic, important and handy stuff packed away into boxes which you can’t remember when you have moved in. These include first aid kits, medicines, your child’s favorite toys, toiletries and cosmetics, and few pairs of clothes.  Always have an ‘essentials box’ handy and labeled such that you can distinguish it from the rest. It may be one large or two medium size boxes but all essential items should be found in the boxes when you need them as soon as you have moved in to the new house.

Do not leave the fridge operational till the packers arrive. You need to defrost it a day in advance and dry it out. This would mean you have to put all the food stuff into a cooler or find another way out to store it till the move is complete. If the fridge is not dried out when you unpack there are chances you will find a bad odor or fungus growth in worst cases.

Do not hide from your children, the fact that you are moving to a new location. On the contrary involve your children in the moving process and allow them to express what they feel. Find ways to help them cope with the idea of change and bring in a lot of fun and activities along with the move.

Do not fall for the ‘Bad Mover’ or the one who gives the lowest estimates. This could be a ploy to get a deal which would have many hidden charges that would surface after the move. Try to do as much research so you can spot the signs of a bad moving company.

Do not move everything that you have in your present home without segregating items you may want to trash and those which you may want to donate. You will have to make time to segregate so that you can save on boxes, wrapping paper and bring down the estimate.

Interior Design Cost

A interior designer can help brighten your home with new designs. A good way to make your home look better is to interior design it.

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How much will hiring an Interior Designer cost you?

 

Are you are building your new home or remodeling some rooms? If yes, you may be thinking that it is time to engage an interior designer as well. And you are right! All you need to do now is to factor in the designers’ fee into budget. And rightly so, the question crosses your mind- How much will it cost to engage an interior designer?

 

The American Society of Interior Designers says there is no set rule or regulation that sets tabs on the fees that can be charged by designers. This is mainly because of the subjective nature of work. The design of a one bedroom house versus that of a four bedroom one versus the design of just a children’s room cannot be gauged on a pre-defined set of parameters as the requirements are very different from each other. There are certain ways of billing that is practiced by the designers at large like some go for fixed amounts and others prefer to be billed on hourly rates.

 

It would be a good idea to first contact a few designers and if you like their portfolio you can let them know your thoughts on how you want the design of your home or room to be. They can send you their bids and you can choose the designer who suits your budget. It may require a bit of calculation for you though, as it is not necessary that the designers would send you bids of the same nature. American Society of Interior Designers says that designers generally bill the customer in the following ways:

 

  1. Cost plus: In this the designer has the complete responsibility of buying the materials required for the work and he sells it to you at a price that has been marked up. The percentage of markup is agreed upon by designer and you at the onset of the deal. And this markup or difference in price acts as the pay for the designer. A fixed budget is also agreed upon between you and designer for various aspects of the work like purchasing, designer fee and fee for contractors if employed. The designer has to ensure that he works within the given budget.
  2. Fixed Charges: This method of invoicing is used more for large scale projects and the fixed price will include services such as purchasing, designing, making the layout and everything up to installation. Similar to cost plus, there is an agreed upon budget which includes this flat fee.
  3. Hourly rates: When projects are small, this sort of billing is used. The designer charges for the actual amount of time and effort he puts in. It can vary from anywhere between $50 and $500 per hour. But it is essential to understand if other aspects like travel time or consultation over phone are also billable or not.
  4. Based on square foot: This method is used in commercial spaces and the designer gets a fixed amount for every square foot of the space he has to design.

 

In the context of costs involved, there are certain other costs that you may want to make a note of. Some designers are particular that you pay them a retainer fee, generally a small percentage of the total estimated budget, when you are through with the initial discussions and negotiations. This will also be accompanied by a contract that puts in print what the scope of work should be, what services are expected, what sort of billing method would be used and the clauses around the same, what would be the schedules and other details that will help protect both you and the designer legally.  So it would be wise to run it through your legal advisor. In cases where subcontractors are involved scheduling the project and getting their schedules as well to fit in, becomes a challenge so the contract should also be binding on them.

 

Since you will have budgetary concerns, its best to look at the interior design work as a project where the scope and schedules are fixed. If you have a tendency to be fickle about the scope, it can not only annoy the designer but he may charge you more. The ASID too warns against these issues. So it is best that you do your bit of homework well before finalizing the terms with an interior designer. This way the costs will be rationalized considerably.