Purchase Proposal Basics and FAQ

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During the design process, I may suggest a variety of products for your project. Once the design phase is completed and you have selected the products for your project, purchasing begins. There may be some items that you can purchase directly, which I will coordinate with you ahead of time. But, there may also be items that I will be purchasing on your behalf. For each item purchased through Homeward Hound Interiors, I will send you a Purchase Proposal.

While I strive to provide you the most accurate costs involved for each purchase, there are some things that are out of my control that may develop. Keep reading to learn more about the basics of Purchase Proposals!

So, what is a purchase proposal?

Purchase Proposals show the cost(s) of the item(s) you’re purchasing through Homeward Hound Interiors. If you are purchasing a sofa, your sofa purchase proposal will most likely include a few itemized products and costs. These most likely will include the fabric(s) to be used, the cost of sofa frame and construction, estimated freight/shipping charges, delivery fees, and possibly rush fees. There may also be some unknown fees that come into play with your purchases: unforeseen or additional labor charges, insurance needs, and storage fees. If you have specific questions on how these may affect your project, please let me know.

Shipping/Freight:

Shipping or freight is largely calculated by weight & distance.  If the vendor is unsure of how much the package will weigh until its packed up and ready to ship to you, shipping will usually be billed later.  I try my best to provide an accurate estimate for shipping or freight, however, there are times this is out of my control.

Storage:

Together, we will determine the best route on getting your new additions into your home. This could mean waiting until all pieces of the project are ready for install to give you that HGTV style big reveal. Or, it could mean smaller, more frequent deliveries. With either decision, there’s bound to be storage fees associated with your project. Also, a delays from weather or other vendors may also cause storage fees. Typically, this will be billed immediately after I receive an invoice from the storage facility. And, many facilities have a grace period before storage fees start accumulating.

Insurance:

It’s important to have insurance and to check with your insurance company to see what your policy includes for any projects you’ll be starting. While many things may be covered and be the responsibility of those you hire, you (the homeowner), may also be responsible and held liable. It’s best to be prepared and informed, just in case.

Unforeseen or Unexpected labor: 

While I try my best to make sure that I give the most accurate numbers and information to you on a purchase proposal, there’s always a chance that something unexpected or unforeseen may come into play. Things do come up and your understanding and cooperation is key.

Expected labor:

Vendors may not know the exact time and effort involved in a specific project. Most will provide an estimate, but the actual cost of labor necessary to complete the project may not be known until work has begun.

Rush fees:

Like most other things in this world, rushing production or an order will incur a rush fee. Fees vary depending on the vendor, product, etc. I do my best to inform you what this fee will be upon receipt of the purchase proposal.

I received my Purchase Proposal, Now what?

Review the purchase proposal carefully. Ask yourself if you have any questions or concerns about what was provided. If yes, please get in touch with me ASAP so that I can discuss these with you. If you approve of the proposal and are ready to move forward, be sure to sign and submit payment to me within 3 days. I typically require payment in full to proceed with a purchase proposal to expedite the purchasing process.

Why are approvals required within 3 Days?

Often, the vendor establishes a small window of time to approve an estimate for their services or products. It may be due to scheduling, a hold on specific yardage of fabric or other materials, or a lock on the price for a custom piece, etc.

What if I’m not ready to purchase?

It’s absolutely not issue if you are not ready to purchase or if you need a little more time. I will do my best to maintain the pricing that was provided in your initial purchase proposals, however, there are items that I cannot control. Freight or shipping estimates are top items that will fluctuate the most due to fuel increases, postage increases, etc. The price of a product or the labor may also increase.

Final Thoughts

This is a living blogs and I will be updating it regularly as needed. Communication is key for a successful project. If you have specific questions on how these may affect your project, please let me know.

xoxo,

Kayla

 

Poinsettia Plant Basics – Pet Edition

If you’re like me, you’ve always thought that poinsettia plants were deadly to pets. After some quick research online, I’ve learned they are only mildly toxic to dogs and cats! Keep reading to learn more about poinsettia plant basics and your four legged family members.

If you're like me, you've always thought that poinsettia plants were deadly to pets. After some quick research online, I've learned they are only mildly toxic to dogs and cats!
Are poinsettias poisonous to pets?
The Truth About Your Beloved Poinsettia Plant

You may believe that poinsettia plants are deadly to cats and dogs.  But, this is unlikely. The leaves of a poinsettia plant contain a milky sap, which irritates the “tissues of the mouth and esophagus.” Ingesting the plant causes generally mild toxicity levels in dogs and cats. Reactions to these levels can include: drooling, licking lips, vomiting, and diarrhea. Skin irritation (redness, swelling, and itchiness) may also be possible. A large amount of this plant needs to be consumed to cause poisoning. Most animals won’t eat enough because of the irritation caused by the plant and sap.

Use of Pesticides and Poinsettia Plants

Your pets may become seriously ill if the plant was “treated with pesticides.” The amount ingested and the size of your pet determines the “severity of the poisoning.”  Young pups or kittens are the most at risk. If you believe your pet has consumed a plant treated with pesticides, monitor for potentially severe reactions: seizures, coma, and, possibly, death. You should also consult with your veterinarian as soon as possible.

play it safe

We all crave nature in our indoor environments. If you’re a die hard fan of poinsettia plants, but don’t want to worry about them with your pets, faux may be the way to go!

I attended the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival over the weekend. I fell in love with the wood flowers by D&M Wooden Flowers and Vases! One of the first items that caught my eye was a grouping of poinsettia bouquets on display. They looked so realistic and the craftsmanship was incredible!  They sell a variety of types of flowers, too. Easy to create a long lasting bouquet without the fear of harming our four-legged loved ones!

I fell in love with the wood flowers by D&M Wooden Flowers and Vases! One of the first items that caught my eye was a grouping of poinsettia bouquets on display. They looked so realistic and the craftsmanship was incredible!  They sell a variety of types of flowers, too. Easy to create a long lasting bouquet without the fear of harming our four-legged loved ones! 
Faux poinsettia flowers found at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival!
Final Thoughts

I want to remind my readers that I’m not a medical professional. And, while the research I’ve found shows that poinsettia plants aren’t poisonous, please do take care with all plants in the home. We all know how our pets act and when something is off. If you are sensing something not right, consult a veterinarian.

(I am not responsible for the health of your family/pets. Please consult a veterinarian for professional advice and guidance.)

If you're like me, you've always thought that poinsettia plants were deadly to pets. After some quick research online, I've learned they are only mildly toxic to dogs and cats!
Poinsettias are a holiday tradition for many, but are they harmful to your four legged loved ones?
If you're like me, you've always thought that poinsettia plants were deadly to pets. After some quick research online, I've learned they are only mildly toxic to dogs and cats!
Are poinsettias poisonous for cats?