How to pick a designer?
Homeowners hire interior designers for numerous reasons. Some want to redecorate their homes but don’t have the time to do it themselves. Others lack the skills needed to get the results they desire. Regardless of your situation, it’s very important to select an interior designer who will finish the job according to your vision. In order to get your perfect interior designer, I’ve put together some important questions to ask.
Question 1: Do You Have Samples of Previous Work You’ve Done?
Any interior designer you choose should be able to show you a portfolio of previous work they’ve done. By seeing their portfolio you can tell what their personal style is, and whether or not it is compatible with the type of style you’re looking for.
If they don’t have an official portfolio, ask if they have photos on their website, Facebook, or Instagram page that you can check out. If a designer doesn’t have photos or a portfolio, you might want to look elsewhere.
Question 2: Which Style is Your Specialty?
Interior design comes in a wide variety of different styles. Some designers specialize in modern designs while others perform more classical work. Before hiring an interior designer, it is important to find out which style you will use when redecorating your home. It will be easier to select the perfect designer for you after you have this information.
Question 3: What Type of Room Do You Usually Redecorate?
Interior designers all have different specialties. Some interior designers have a great deal of experience working with living rooms, while others specialize in kitchens, bathrooms or bedrooms. Knowing what you need and how they compare will be important. If you want to redecorate the entire house, you will want to hire a designer with experience in decorating every type of room. Alternatively, if you wish to redecorate your living room, but this designer specializes in bathrooms, you might want to look around before making your decision.
Question 4: Can I See Your Reviews and References?
Although an interior designer’s portfolio will tell you a lot about their personal style, you should seek reviews or references from previous clients to gather. This will help give you insight on their professionalism and customer service.
Your interior designer should be good at decorating but also have good people skills. A great designer is a good listener and easy to work with. Talking to previous clients or checking out their reviews will help you determine how your designer measures up.
Question 5: Do You Charge a Flat Fee or By the Hour?
Before starting your project, many interior designers require you to sign a contract. As a good rule of thumb, never sign anything until you’ve discussed the payment amount and how you will be charged. Designers will often charge either a flat fee or an hourly rate. When discussing your project, you will want to let them know your budget upfront so they can determine whether or not they can get the job done within your budget.
Flat fees tend to be better because you can determine your budget around that, and avoid going over that budget. Designers who charge by the hour can be more complicated to deal with. They might say they are capable of doing the redecoration within the budget you give the, but if it takes longer than planned or any delays happen, the price will increase.
The designer’s fees are another reason why selecting designers who are experienced and well-reviewed is important. If they’re slightly over budget, but have amazing reviews, it might be worth it to rework your budget. Another possibility could be, you found a designer who charges hourly, but their reviews are phenomenal and state they’re always on time.
So, How Do You Pick A Designer?
Overall, you want to make a decision that you are confident in. Your home is your personal escape, so you want to minimize your risks when it comes to choosing a designer. Asking questions like these will help you determine if the designer is a good fit for your needs.
What are some questions you’ve asked your interior designer? Or if you are a designer – What are your most frequently asked questions?