Deciding to design – or redesign – your home is a monumental undertaking. It is not as simple as choosing the perfect couch to match your wall color as it requires careful space planning that entails expertise, education, and experience.
When looking for an interior designer, there are important factors that need to be considered before signing on the dotted line and entrusting your abode to anyone. Below is a comprehensive guide on how to select your home’s perfect match.
Forging ahead with design and renovation without first sitting down and doing your homework is like going to battle armed with a spoon. This may lead to major bumps along the process that may cost time and money. The best way to save both is to know what you want and how you want it done.
It’s ok to not have the specifics down, but at the very least answer the most critical questions.
How would I want my home or my space to look even just on a general level?
Am I more drawn towards a certain design style?
In order to answer this, looking at portfolios of designers which are largely available online will be of great help.
Are there things that I want to highlight or downplay?
Do I have any non-negotiables that I need to take into account?
In terms of work style, assess whether you prefer to be consulted up to be tiniest detail or if you can hand the small stuff over to the designer.
Would you like to be presented with a multitude of options or do you work better with just a handful?
How big of a role do you want to play in the entire design process?
This also part of the pre-selecting process that you have to make. Setting both budget and time frame can guide you in narrowing down your choice – will they be able to work within both – and will guide the chosen designer once work is underway.
If you are not restricted by both factors, a good interior designer will help you determine a realistic budget and time frame based on what you want to accomplish.
Once you have narrowed down your choices through research, referrals, inquiries, and reviews, it is imperative that you meet with them in person before making the final decision.
Home designs and renovations are very personal and naturally require an intimate relationship between the owner and the designer. Through face-to-make meetings you can generally gauge your comfort level and determine whether you can communicate effectively and work harmoniously with him or her.
Aside from this, such occasions provide the perfect venue to give the overall brief of the project, ask questions in detail, and inquire about their previous undertakings.
Ask to see their portfolio and request for a proposal based on the scope of work that you will provide for them.
Interior designers normally conduct initial consultations free of charge.
Review and compare all the proposals submitted. Make sure that they understand the scope of work clearly. From here, you can get a good idea on who can provide you with the best results at your preferred rate.
To eliminate future headaches, make sure that once the selection is done, everything must be made clear before the task takes off. Start by having a solid written contract that outlines expectations and responsibilities. Also, it is important to be unambiguous when it comes to billing method. Be aware that there are different ways that interior designers charge their clients and make sure that you understand which one applies to you.
The success or downfall of your interior renovation rests squarely on your interior designer’s shoulders and the task of finding the right one rests on yours. The process of making the final choice may take a week or months, but having the patience and the diligence to do this will be greatly rewarded with a space that you would want to come home to everyday.