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Finding a furniture specialist
A furniture specialist is someone qualified to make and repair furniture for your home. Furniture specialists deal with a number of different tasks, including repairing broken furniture, restoring antique furniture, upholstery repairs and bespoke furniture design. These professionals are able to advise you on the best types of furniture restoration for your money in particular rooms in your home and what would suit your lifestyle and budget the best. If you want to get any of your furniture repaired or bespoke pieces built, the first person you should call is a furniture specialist.
How to hire a furniture specialist?
Hiring a furniture specialist is a big decision so you should put a bit of research into who you should hire for the job. It is a good idea to get a recommendation from people you know who have had furniture repaired or restored in their home or ask at your local furniture or antique store to find a reputable furniture specialist. You will want to find someone with a lot of experience, who will be professional in all aspects of the potential job and to be able to advise you on the most cost-effective and long-lasting product for you.
If you cannot find a recommendation from someone you know, you should be able to find someone either online through their website or online platforms like Plentific.com. When you find some professionals who provide the service you need, including restoration and repairs and any other extra services like cleaning, make sure you read any reviews featured online. A furniture specialist’s website should clearly display their qualifications, experience, what services they provide and whether they are part of an association like BAFRA, who have codes of conduct to reassure the customer that their members are experienced and trustworthy.
When you have found a furniture specialist you are happy with, arrange to meet them at their showroom to talk through the project you want done - including any budget restrictions, the timeframe and ideas - and if you have any special requests, such as cleaning or restoration. From here, they should be able to walk you through the process of the restoration or repair that you want, make sure there is adequate time to do it, advise you on making the most of your budget and give you an estimate of price and timeframe. From here, you should proceed to pick out the designs and materials you want. If you are still not sure about this particular furniture specialist, ask if you can speak to previous clients and find out how efficiently they can get the job done onsite.
What services do furniture specialists provide?
Furniture specialists are trained in furniture repair and restoration, antique restoration, upholstery repairs and bespoke furniture building and design. Furniture specialists will often do a number of smaller jobs too so it is worth asking the individual specialist what services they can provide you. Other specialists will offer extra services like cleaning and maintenance of antique furniture. These specialists are experienced and can usually advise on the best restoration project for your budget and what maintenance you may need in the future.
How much does it cost to hire a furniture specialist?
The cost of hiring a furniture specialist will depend on what kind of furniture you are repairing. It will be up to you and the individual furniture specialist you hire to organise a payment plan before you draw up a contract. Make sure you know exactly what is included in the price before you go ahead with the job as you do not want to get a nasty surprise if it does not include VAT or materials. Also, it is a good idea to organise the last payment after you have seen the finished project.
What questions should I ask my furniture specialist?
- Have you done many of these jobs before?
- Do you restore all kinds of furniture?
- Do you work on your own or as part of a team?
- What is the guarantee on this flooring?
- Do you do cleaning services too?
- Can you advise me on how to get the best out of my budget?
- How long will the job take?
- Can I get a written estimate before you start the job?
- Does your estimate include everything - materials, labour, VAT?
- Do you have up-to-date paperwork and insurance?
- Can I speak to past clients or get references about the past work you have done?