How to save your $20,000 with an interior design plan

It’s not uncommon for someone to get a job offer with a design that is far more expensive than it really is.

And while that’s a legitimate concern, you can also save money by finding the best interior design that fits your budget.

The Post’s Matt Waldman takes you through the steps to designing a home that is just right for your budget and style.


Make sure you know what your budget is.

There are several budgeting guides out there, and the Post’s article is a good place to start.

You can check out the guide below, which will show you how much you should spend on a home and how much it should cost.


Understand the budget.

It can be helpful to know what you’re budget will be, especially if you have kids or dependents.

“If you have a lot of kids, you might not want to go out to a big party and go for a fancy dinner and a fancy meal, but if you do have a big family and kids, it might be worth the price tag,” says Sarah Eubanks, senior editor at Homejoy.


Choose the right materials.

You should look for furniture, appliances and other items that will make your home feel more comfortable and inviting.

“This is where you can get into the comfort of materials,” Eubank says.

“There are so many great options for furniture that can be found online, so you can customize it to your tastes.

For appliances, you could go for the classic style with a wood cabinet, or go for something with a stainless steel or steel, ceramic or wood base.”


Determine if your budget covers the cost of living.

The cost of a home is often the primary factor in deciding how much to spend on your home, but also consider whether you have children or are planning to raise a family.

“The bigger your family, the more you want to have a home where you’re really able to relax and enjoy each other’s company,” says Eubacks.


Check out your neighbors.

“We all know how much we love our neighbors,” says Ebanks.

“You want to know where they live, what they do and where they go.”


Look at a property that fits in with your lifestyle.

“Do you really need a home in a neighborhood where there are lots of houses that are in the middle of nowhere?” asks Eubats.

“Or do you want a place where there’s a great place to walk around and do things?”


Make a list of your favorite elements and accessories.

“For appliances, there are a lot options for different types of appliances, so it can be a little overwhelming,” Eube says.


If you’re new to interior design or need help, contact a home design company.

“Just to make sure you’re getting the best products and services, I have a site called,” she says.

She also recommends starting with a home-design school and then getting more experience with the process of designing a house.


Choose a design firm that has a high-quality staff, who will be responsive to your needs.

“It’s a little more work to get your design firm in front of a client,” Eubs says.


Choose materials that will last a long time.

“A good rule of thumb is to look at a budget of what you’ll spend on the whole home for the next six years,” says Waldman.

“Then you should look at the number of items that you’re going to need for each of those six years.”

For example, if you’re planning to move to an area with less land or a lot more water, you may want to look into building a new garage or a pool, which might add to the cost.

“But if you want something that will work for years, that’s something that’s more expensive,” says Elinor Nix, president of the Home Design Institute.

She recommends looking at your current budget, then taking into account the costs of new construction or renovations, and considering other options.


Check to make certain that your budget includes your utilities.

If your budget doesn’t include the cost for utilities like gas and electric, it can take up to a year for those to be paid.

“And once they are paid, they will not be reimbursed until the next year,” Eucsons says.


If the cost isn’t reflected in your budget, find a financial planner or financial advisor.

“They can help you with your budgeting and find out if the costs are right for you and what you can spend to save money,” she adds.


Look for professional help.

“When it comes to the interior design part of your budget that you need to think about, it’s important to talk to a professional,” says Nix.

“Your goal is to create