4 Things to Consider Before Hiring an Interior Designer
Whether you’re thinking about a home makeover or perhaps building an actual house
from scratch, you will need the aid of an interior designer to help make things possible.
So, if you’re planning to do the projects I’ve just mentioned, you will need to hire one for that.
What are the things that you should consider?
Make Sure They Understand What You Like
Before anything else, it is very important that you get an interior designer long before
talking to an architect. That is so that you can make your designer’s idea a reality and
so that everything will be smooth-sailing right from the get-go.
Anyway, most of the interior designers nowadays have a social media profile or a
website. Ask for referrals from your friends or family and then do your own research.
You want to look at the designer’s website or social media account and look at their
portfolio. Most of them upload their creations online so that it will be much easier for
people who are looking for their services to call them.
When hiring an interior designer, it is very important that they understand what you
really like in terms of design and how it is executed.
Fortunately, you can tell the designer’s flair just by looking at their portfolio, so if you’re
browsing their work and you do not like any of them, look for someone else.
Prepare Your Questions
Once you’ve made a shortlist of possible candidates, you should then ask them some
pertinent questions about the home makeover project. Here are some questions that
you can ask them:
- How fast can you make things happen?
- Can you make this happen (show them something that can be a frame of reference as to the design style that you like)?
- What do you do other than giving me some designs? Who heads the project? Who orders the materials? Are you going to be the one to submit the necessary permits?
- What can you do given (x) budget?
- What is your designer process?
- Do you do warehouse furnishings for install during the day?
Keep Your Expectations Realistic
When you are going to work with a designer for your house remodeling project, it is
important for you to understand that things might go awry. Therefore, you need to set
realistic expectations beforehand.
For instance, if your designer can finish the project in, say, 9 months, do not instantly
think that it would be finished at the same timeframe. You have to account for anything
that might hinder the progress of the project.
Aside from that, mistakes can certainly happen and there might be some things that you
(and your designer) may have overlooked during the planning stage.
Be a bit lenient about your expectations.
Trust Your Designer
At the end of the day, your designer will be the one to help you with the creative
process. Because they have the means to solve any of your problems with regards to
your house remodeling project, trust your designer.
Surely, you’ve done everything that you can to hire the best possible interior designer
that you can find, so trust that they can push through and make your expectations
become a reality.