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It almost goes without saying that a good interior designer can transform your home into the living space that you really want. They can see beyond the here and now and into the future of how the room will look once the furniture has been placed, the walls have been painted, and the window treatments installed. But what you may not know is this…

As good as the designer may be, they are only as good as team they have working with them. Whether it’s the electricians, the painters, the carpet installers, or the drapery installers… you need to be aware of everyone that will be involved in your project.

In some areas, some designers have such a large business and do so much work that they have some of these areas covered by full-time employees that only steaming custom curtainswork for the designer. However, some designers utilize the services of independent contractors to perform these various tasks. Both have their advantages and disadvantages to both the designer and the homeowner.

Some jobs (such as electricians) have to be performed by someone who has been licensed by the state where the work is being done. So whether they are an employee of the designer or a sub-contractor, they still have to adhere to certain regulations within the industry.

As a rule, in most states, there is no such regulation of window treatment installers. But don’t despair most designers will tell you, a good drapery installer is worth his weight in gold. Because they know that a good installer can make a designer look great, and a bad installer can make the best designer look bad.

If you are having custom window treatments made by your interior designer, don’t be afraid to ask about the workmanship of the installer and their working relationship with the designer. Is he a full-time employee of the designer or is he a sub-contractor? Is he a self-employed or full-time independent installer or does he just hang draperies to make some extra money outside of his “day job”? Has he taken any formal training classes on working with window treatments or has he learned everything through trial and error? Does anyone else within the interior design community know anything about this installer? What are they saying?

Ask to see references for the window treatment installer that your designer uses. A quality installer will have a portfolio and testimonials showcasing their work.


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James A. Holloway
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James A. Holloway

James A. Holloway has been working in the window coverings industry since 2001 but it wasn't until 2009 that he took the leap and started his own installation business.

In 2011, he created the "Window Treatment Installers Network" a online forum for window treatment professionals.

In 2013 he began writing for window coverings blog called TraVerse.

And in 2014 he was recruited by the Custom Home Furnishings Academy to teach their Installation 101 Curriculum .
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