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How much to pay for a custom designed house?

Discussion in 'UO Homes and Castles' started by jwauk99, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. jwauk99

    jwauk99 Adventurer
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    I hired a designer for my 16x18 2-story house. What's a fair market price to pay them for the design? They left it up to me and I rather not be insulting by offering too little for their time/effort. Comments welcome, thanks.
     
  2. It Lives

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    Do you like the final result? 500k an hour + tip if you really like.:)
     
  3. Voluptuous

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    maybe not by the hour so much....I have had customs that were quick and easy...versus ones where it took me almost all day to find certain components of the thing I was building, therefore actually getting very little done in design but lots done in crap gathering.

    Also, did you like it...did you make them tear down something and do something else? Did you pull that on them 4 times in a row? (yes I had a customer like that and I still shudder.)

    If I base my past charging and update it to the current economy...hm i say I'd be paid around 2-3 mil for a tower, depending on how extensive it was. Hopefully that gives you a base.

    I used to charge alot extra if they wanted their containers organized...lol Man those were old times...I never organize my own crap now and can't find a damn thing.
     
  4. Sarsmi

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    Size of house, amount of effort, cost of materials (unless you provided everything). Also factor in unique deco and anything that looked like they had to do it at least three times to get it right. So a small tower with some carp add ons in it and a few plants scattered around I'd do 250k. Anything full size (18x18) I'd pay at least a mill, unless it's really bare bones carp add ons and nothing that really stands out. Somewhere upwards of 1-5 mill I guess for a full size house. For really incredible deco 10m.
     
  5. I used to do quite a bit of decorating for other people and I agree with Sarsmi, it really depends on the design you are wanting, as to pricing. Did they want something similar to a house they had seen before and gave you clear cut instructions or did they want something totally unique?

    The difference is that if it is constructed and decorated similar to another style of house where you can actually see what they want, that doesnt take long to do. If they are wanting something very unique that may have never been done before, that could take days of planning, trial and error placement, and a ton of graph paper.

    People will easily pay 2-5 mil to have someone else do their homes and save them the headache. But it really isnt unusual for someone to pay 5-10 mil for a sweet one-of-a kind design.
     
  6. Ni-

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    The very few times I did any kind of designing/decorating for a fee, I always left it up to the recipient what they paid me. Frankly, if the recipient hadn't generated great wealth in the game, I didn't want to put them in the 'poor house'.

    Since no price was decided upon or suggested by either party, I would suggest paying close to what you feel the design is worth to you and your enjoyment.

    These responses should also be a good help for gathering a starting point. Again, as a very small time designer, if you've only accumulated a mil or 2 accross all characters, I wouldn't want to to pay me more than 30% of that. But that's just me.

    Good luck with your house and payment!

    P.S. Let us know how it turns out. Especially if you are really happy with the result! If you are really happy with it, feel free to post pictures. That may also be free advertisement for the designer, but you may want to get their permission to say their name.
     
  7. Sarsmi

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    I think I assume nowadays that everyone is fairly wealthy. There's certainly a lot of ways to make gold. :blushing:

    But definitely good advice - don't bankrupt yourself trying to pay for your house decor. If no fee was discussed ahead of time they shouldn't be expecting mega millions.
     
  8. Megilhir

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    PM me your Shard and I will craft you a lovely, warm and unique design for a complete LRC med suit on Drachenfels.

    I can provide you locations for my 4 of 5 customized house on the 4/5 shards I have customized.

    PS; I will have to make a character on your shard and will need transport to your home, unless it is one of the 5 shards I have developed characters on.
     
  9. El_Cid

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    If anyone is looking for house deco jobs, I have a keep and 15X15 to be decorated On Oceania, no rush but I also have lots of stuff to spread around. I have no real talent and would like to get at least the 15x15 done as its right on the beach :thumbup1:

     
  10. Aly<3

    Aly<3 Guest

    beach house deco? i'll come play. icq me. :)