7 Things You Need To Know Before Hiring An Interior Designer

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When thinking of hiring Interior Designer, we often fantasize about our dream home. But, what is it really like to have an Interior Designer for your house ?

Here we want to share 7 key things to keep in mind before pulling the design trigger !

Collage of our happy customers with their designer

1. Determine what you want

Before you begin, have a clear picture of the kind of home you want in mind. If you go to an interior designer without a clue as to what you’re looking for, the interior designer will have to spend time helping you to narrow down your choices; a waste of the designer’s time, and your time AND money. It can be as simple as collecting samples from magazines and coffee-table books which strikes your fancy, and showing them to the designer.

2. Create a list of potential ID’s

Do your research; make a list of interior design companies and freelance designers whom you think might be suitable for the job of bringing your dream home into existence. Search on the Internet, look through books and magazines pertaining to interior design, search through the classifieds, keep an ear out for word-of-mouth... it should not be difficult to come up with a tentative list of candidates before long. Narrow down your choices to several of the most suitable designers, whom you think may have what it takes.

3. Know your budget

Keep your budget in mind, and ensure you stay within your means. Remember to communicate this to whoever is your chosen interior designer, for this will help save time for both yourself and the latter, and avoid unnecessary time wasted being shown ideas beyond your price range. Also remember that this budget also has to take the designer’s fees into account; interior designers have different rates and may not always charge the same way, so make sure to enquire thoroughly about the cost for their services. 

4. Put a realistic timeline

Reality TV, contrary to its name, does not reflect reality; homes do not undergo a radical transformation in the span of a weekend. Be advised that depending on the scope of the work, home renovation is going to take a good amount of time; set aside 2-3 months for a single room, and more than a year for an entire home.

5. Background research

Now you’re ready to pick the interior designer you’re going to entrust your home to! To begin with, take a look at their portfolios; their past projects can tell you a lot about their capabilities and suitability. Is there anything they’ve done that you like? Do they have much experience in home design? Anything they’ve done that looks like the kind of home you’re looking for?

6. Meet the eyes

Once you have made a shortlist, it’s time to see for yourself just how professional they are in their line of work. Set up appointments with the interior designers in your shortlist, and ask them for ideas. Does the designer look competent and professional? How did the designer deal with issues that cropped up in previous projects? Does the designer listen to your needs and concerns?

7. Communication is everything

Once you have decided on the interior designer, be sure to work with him or her every step of the way. If you see something you like or otherwise, speak up about it. Worried about how that nice sofa will hold up under the depredations of your highly destructive kids? Let the designer know. Source the designer for ideas, make sure the latter knows what you need, and understands what you want.

8. Trust your Interior Designer

Finally, if you’ve done your homework up to this point, trust the designer you’ve chosen for the project of creating your dream home. Make your own suggestions whenever necessary, but don’t make it a point to question every decision made by the designer. Don’t get in the designer’s way, since that will just cause needless frustration on both sides. Just let the designer work his or her own magic on your home, and you’ll be all the more grateful for it.

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