Located in the Gauteng province, Vereeniging is a city about 60 km south of Johannesburg. Founded in 1892 due to coal mines in the nearby region, Vereeniging's name is derived from the Afrikaans / Dutch word for "association" or "union".
Today, it remains one of the most important industrial manufacturing centres in the country. Its main products are iron, steel, pipes, bricks, tiles and processed lime, although numerous coal mines are still located nearby.
In terms of property, house prices in Vereeniging have nearly doubled in value from 2009 to 2018. Today, the average listing price for a house in Vereeniging works out to about R1 million. Three-bedroom houses form the majority of listed houses in Vereeniging, with 3,005 listed in January 2019. Their average listing price comes to about R1,2 million. This is followed by four-bedroom homes (1,093, with an average listing price of R1,6 million), two-bedroom abodes (753, listed at between R600,000 and R700,000), and single-bedroom dwellings (545, about R450,000, depending on the suburb).
Just as diverse as South Africa's people, languages and cultures, so too is the variety of South African design elements commonly found in modern home décor.
➣ They save you money
Even though lots of people still view interior design services as something for the wealthy, choosing the right designer for a project can actually cut down on costs. This is because a designer helps you to plan, plot and coordinate everything from start to finish to ensure the best results for your budget. Interior designers, being the professionals that they are, are also trained to iron out unnecessary hiccups to further avoid costly mishaps.
➣ They have a trained eye
Interior designers undergo thorough training to know scale, proportion, colour, size and texture. In addition, they are also schooled on local building codes and construction laws to ensure a project is not only completed beautifully, but also safely.
➣ They know budgets
Anybody can set a budget, but it takes skill and determination to stick to it while also delivering results – something which interior designers are also trained for. And since they have a better understanding of how much products and finishes cost, interior designers are better equipped to come up with alternative options in case the client's choices turn out to be costlier than they had hoped.
➣They have contacts
Interior designers regularly work with other professionals in the industry, from architects and tilers to landscape designers. That means they have a vast network of other experts should your project call for one. In addition, they often have exclusive access to trade-only resources that are not available to the public and/or receive major discounts when purchasing directly from suppliers.
➣They up the value of your home
Since they are on top of current design trends, interior designers are much better skilled at maximising a house's potential for a seller's market.
➣ Be thorough when interviewing potential designers
Ask a lot of questions in your first meeting to ensure both parties are aware of the timeframe, budget, etc. Remember: there are no dumb questions!
➣ Share your ideas and vision
Collect and share your pictures that you've researched (i.e. wallpaper patterns, types of flooring surfaces, window treatment) so the designer can have a clear idea of what it is you want to achieve with your project.
➣ Know that trust is important
There needs to be complete trust between you and your designer, but that doesn't mean you should be afraid to raise concerns throughout the project. A good designer will listen to his client's queries and work to remedy any concerns.
➣ Have an open mind
Keep in mind that the designer has lots of skills and experiences; therefore, they are qualified to offer suggestions. Consider all ideas over time instead of instantly shooting down a proposal.
➣ Do your homework
As the client, you also have a part to play. If the designer asks you for a list of colours that you love or to declutter a space for the design process to start, then do so. The project can only proceed smoothly and effectively if both parties do their jobs.
➣ Be decisive
You need to make decisions quickly and confidently, whether it's to decide on a product/finish or when you've changed your mind about something. And communicate with your designer at all times.
➣ Respect your designer's time
Whether your interior designer's prices are charged via a flat fee, at an hourly rate, or as a percentage of the project's overall cost, respect his/her time. If you prefer constant responses and communication in-between meetings, then be prepared to be charged for your designer's time in the same way you would by another professional whose services you pay for by the hour.
➣ Pay on time
Some designers charge a penalty fee when bills are not paid on the specified date, but this is also something you must discuss during your initial meeting. Understand that your interior designer is running a business and that your timely payment will help ensure a more successful project for you both.