Interior Designer billing
The ID I have used recently charges an hourly rate and then a 20% markup on the "wholesale" price of furniture, fabrics, etc., stating that the price will never be higher than retail.
When I did a construction project my GC was cost plus and I was shown the invoices and he then added his fees. Would you expect an ID to show you the invoice? Without it there is no way for me to know that I am getting the best price and one that matches the agreed to contract.
I seem to always pay retail, which would mean that the discount to IDs is always 20%. Any insight into what the discounts are for designers at a large Design Center with fabrics from Kravet, Schumacher, etc.
My other issue is that the ID does not itemize the hourly bills. I enjoy working with the ID, but feel like there is too much smoke and mirrors built into the billing and I don't have any way to reconcile the bills or be able to check for errors.
If you've worked with an ID, how did they bill you?