We are at the end of 2021, and the home renovation and furniture industries are far from normal. Eight-month delays on furniture, appliances, and plumbing fixtures are a new reality, trades are slammed with work and overwhelmed, and strong project management systems are now even more critical to any project’s success than ever before.
In J. R. R. Tolkien’s book, The Hobbit, Bilbo needs to guess Gollum’s riddles in order to avoid being his dinner.
“This thing all things devours;
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats mountain down.”
The answer is “time.”
Gollum’s riddle brings up a valid point; time devours all things. Managing it properly is an essential part of running a successful interior design business. Even with education in the field, relevant experience, and a creative mind, without time management, a designer lacks a critical skill of the industry.
At Laliberte Interiors, we take time management seriously. A complete design/remodel project contains many moving parts. There are measurements, design plans, furniture orders, and delivery dates that we need to stay on top of, in addition to coordinating the various contractors working within the space. These days, we also have to take into account production delays and complications due to the pandemic.
At the onset of each project, we carefully lay out schedules, deadlines, and responsibilities for our team members through our project management platform. Having this kind of robust internal communication means that everyone knows their tasks.
Our project management process also allows for optimal communication with our clients. They can sign in to our portal to view schedules, installation processes, and design plans. They are also able to pose new questions or comments for the Laliberte team. It’s a wonderful way to keep all of our information secure yet available for reference.
Having the right tools at our fingertips and a deep respect for our clients’ time makes all the difference. It allows us to manage larger, more complicated projects, too. It’s all about having a plan.
There’s an old Russian saying that translates to “discipline or regret.” Laliberte Interiors invests our time in the discipline of planning so that there are no regrets. And, our clients are delighted with a stress-free experience!