About Harmonizing Homes, LLC Interior Design and Home Staging Company
We are a full service interior design and home staging company. At Harmonizing Homes, our goal is to made the design build process an enjoyable once for our clients. Experience has shown us that knowledge of standard procedures helps clients feel comfortable for the duration of the project.
We specialize in Full Service Interior Design and Home Staging . We provide home staging services to both vacant and occupied homes that are going on the market. We service all of New Jersey.
We have a very extensive list of Vendors and Brands that we work with and have accounts with. To name a few, Benjamin Moore, Bramble, Carolina Furniture , Ferguson, Forty West Designs, Hartmann and Forbes, Kasmir Fabrics, Kravats, Lamps plus, Lumen, Modernist Tile, Phillip Jefferies, Renwell, Roost , Stanley Stark, Thibault, Top Knobs, just to name a few.
Questions and Answers
What questions should a customer ask before hiring you?
A customer should ask about experience of work, along with a list of referrals to check on your services.A customer should be specific about their budget and ask if the designer/stager can work within the budget restrictions.A customer should ask to see a portfolio of work that has been done.A customer should assure that the business is fully insured.
I believe I was five, when I decided how I wanted my room set up and haven't stopped since. I spent my adult live working for a NGO in finance, and then was given an opportunity to kick start my business of Interior Design and Home Staging. I have certifications in Home Staging and attended New York School of Interior Design while working full time in preparation for my dream job.
What are you most proud of?
My most proud of staging job, was a contract in 4 days and 100K over asking price due to a bidding war. My proudest design job would have to be completely changing the look and feel of our client's home in West Long Branch NJ. We were on a deadline for an upcoming wedding of her daughter's and she wanted to prepare her home for her guests. We began in January and ended the last week of June.
What do you recommend to know before hiring you?
Your budget is one of the most important item to have available. You should have a sense of style, that you are looking for, along with a list of what tasks that you are looking to complete. A priority list of work to be done is also something that you should have. If you have a list of trades, that is also helpful.
Do you offer any service after finishing the work?
We often help a client once we are completed with the staging of their home that they are selling with their new home that they are purchasing. If they are moving out of the area we work with them remotely.
What kind of questions do customers ask you?
How much are your hourly fees? This depends on who from our firm will be helping them with their designs. Our fees range from 225.00 per hour to 150.00 per hour. The other question is do you up charge on items that you purchase. We do up charge, however you are still saving money. For an example if we receive 40% off on a sofa from a vendor that we deal with we give you 20% off of MFRP.
How many projects do you average in a year?
We averaged about 6 interior design jobs and 12 staging jobs during the course of 2016. We like to limited the amount of Interior Design jobs so that we can give each the attention that they need.
What is important to know about your profession?
We work countless hours for our clients and we value our time talents and education. We wish that clients would understand that we must charge for the time that we are allotting for them when we are working on their design.
What we may not know about you?
I am born of French Immigrants. I have traveled to the middle east, Asia, Europe, and the African nations. I have always worked in the non profit world before officially changing my career. Our firm was voted one of the top 10 in RESA in 2016 for interior design and occupied home staging.
What types of jobs are the most common?
The most common design jobs currently is Master Bedrooms. We are dealing with a lot of empty nesters, who have neglected their bed room while the children were growing. Another common job is folks that have down sized and are not sure what furnishings to bring into their new home.
How can we save money hiring you?
Research your designers, make sure they have resources for your budget. In Home Staging, perhaps limit the amount of rooms that you want to stage to only the Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen and Family rooms. It isn't always necessary to stage the entire house unless there is something significant in a particular room that may confuse prospective home owners.