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Off-plan Homes Consultancy

Benefit from expert advice to make the right decisions before buying a new “VEFA” apartment in Brussels area (Vente en l’état futur d’achèvement - Buying before construction).

Why consult with an interior designer before buying a VEFA?

VEFA is the French equivalent of off-plan home purchase. It means “Vente en l’État d’Achèvement”, which means you purchase a house or apartment before it is built.

Usually, when you buy a new apartment under the French VEFA, the visuals shared by the developer are seducing and convincing, but it’s a good idea to consult with an independent professional before moving forward with a purchase.

Because you are buying a flat / apartment off-plan, usually you have several options regarding the distribution of rooms, choice of materials, floor coverings, kitchen furniture and bathroom. Not having the opportunity to see these options during a visit can be frustrating.

You need advice, planning ideas and recommendations from an interior architect or interior decorator before buying a new apartment as part of a real estate program under the VEFA program.

Living room of a new apartment furnished by an architect

Off-plan homes consultancy: how it works

First step: initial interview

  • An interior architect based in the Paris area meets with you and your real estate developer to have a look at the floor plan of your future accommodation purchased off-plan. The architect peruses the developer’s documentation.
  • The architects collects your needs and information about your lifestyle to evaluate the suitability of the property in your situation.
  • The architect evaluates the potential of the new apartment (distribution and surface optimization) and quickly identifies what could be improved after construction.
  • The architect quickly shares ideas and tips to optimize your future apartment interior. Based on these recommendations, you know what to expect and what it will take to optimize your future VEFA apartment.

Example of customization and optimization of a new apartment bought in VEFA

Second step: Implementation package

  • During an appointment at the seller’s showroom, the architect or interior designer shares advice on all decisions that you will have to make: room distribution, location of partitions, electrical plan validation, materials, kitchen & bathroom configuration
  • According to your expectations and your current interiors, the designer can assess your furniture and decoration needs before you move in
  • When you get an interior designer’s help before purchasing a VEFA, you can benefit from their professional discounts in the partner shops that have been selected for you.

Room arranged by an architect in an apartment sold off plan

Third step - Styling of your interior

  • If necessary, we can offer you more detailed specifications about your future apartment in VEFA / Loi Breyne before delivery. Produced by an interior architect or interior decorator, the specifications will provide layout plans (kitchen, bathroom, furniture) that will allow you to give a personal touch to your VEFA home shortly after you move in.
  • After your new apartment has been delivered, we help you furnishing it and setting up decorative objects to make it your own.

Example of 3D images from a real estate developer specilised in off-plan apartments

Fees for off-plan homes consultancy in Brussels (VAT exclusive)

You are free to work with a decorator for only one or several step.

1st step – Initial interview €80 per hour
(refunded if there are specifications following)

2nd step - Specifications of your remodeling interior design project

Surface ⩽ 60m² €60/m²
Between 61 and 120 m² €50/m²
Between 121 and 240 m² €40/m²
Surface ⩾ 241 m² contact us
Minimum billing 2,100€

3rd step : Supervision and coordination of the interior remodeling execution work

Less than €60,000 worth of works 9% of the total work value
From €60,000 to €120,000 8% of the total work value
More than €120,000 7% of the total work value
Minimum billing €2,100

Example of fees for a full interior design consultancy:

For a 40m² property

  • Specifications/project manual is invoiced €2400 (VAT exclusive) (40m² x €60).
  • If the total quote from contractors reaches €35,000 (VAT exclusive) the fee for the work supervision is 9% of €35,000 = €3150 (VAT exclusive)
  • The full service (specifications + work supervision) is invoiced €5550 (VAT exclusive).

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