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10 Questions You Must Ask A Potential Interior Designer

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If you are not sure how you should decorate the interior of your home, you need the services of a reputable interior designer. For that matter, even if you are sure, consulting the expertise and experience of a reputable interior designer can still come in use. However, since there are a wide range of interior designers out there catering to a wide range of interior design needs, you need to make sure that you choose the right one who is capable of meeting your interior design needs in particular.

As a result, we’ve created a 10 question list you can use to make sure they are qualified and up to your standards.  Also, while the 10 listed here are some of the most important, there are other questions that can contribute useful information to the conversation, thus boosting your chances of choosing the right interior designer. In the end, the more that you know about your interior designer, the better you will be able to decide whether they are suitable for your project or not.  OK on with the list!

What Areas Are You Willing to Work On?

There are a lot of interior designers out there period,  meaning that they like to market themselves to their clients by differentiating themselves through their specialties. For example, some interior designers specialize in kitchens, which makes them more appealing to people who want to refresh the look of their kitchens. In contrast, other interior designers specialize in particular styles, which can be important if that is exactly what you are interested in for your home.

Are You Willing to Work on a Room-By-Room Basis?

Some interior designers accept nothing but whole-house projects, meaning that they will work on entire houses but not on a room-by-room basis. If you feel that most of your home is fine but some of its rooms need to be refreshed, you are going to need someone willing to work on a room-by-room basis because choosing someone who focuses on whole-house projects under those circumstances would be extremely wasteful.

Do You Offer Discounts?

Well-established interior designers tend to have relationships with manufacturers, suppliers, and other retailers. As a result, they can sometimes get relevant products at discounted prices, which they can sell to their clients at somewhat higher but still discounted prices. So long as you are willing to limit yourself to what products they have to offer, you can complete your interior in exchange for a lower price than otherwise possible.

How Do You Charge Your Fees?

Some interior designers charge based on the number of hours, some interior designers charge based on the number of room, and some interior designers charge based on a percentage of the total cost. Since you want to benefit from your interior designer without breaking your budget in the process, you need to ask this so that you can estimate your costs beforehand.

When Do You Expect to Be Paid?

On a related note, you need to know when your interior designer expects to be paid so that you can have the sums ready in your bank account to be paid out. Generally speaking, most interior designers will expect a down payment on their payment before they start since that provides them with a measure of security. Otherwise, different interior designers will have different payment preferences, with some preferring to be paid half up front and half upon completion while others are willing to accept multiple payments on a schedule.

How Long Do You Expect to Take?

Setting a schedule can be just as important as setting a budget. This is particularly true since interior design can be surprisingly disruptive to your normal routine, especially if you are heavily involved in the interior design process for your home. By knowing how long your interior designer expects to take with the job entrusted to them, you can clear your calendar on the days when you need to, thus ensuring the minimum disruption to the rest of your outstanding obligations.

Do You Have a Portfolio?

You want to know what your interior designer’s work looks like, which is why you want to take a look through a portfolio of their previous works if that is possible. Even if a portfolio fails to provide you with all of the information that you want to know, it can still tell you a great deal about your interior designer’s range of expertise and experience, which can have extremely important implications for the expected results from working with them.

Have You Worked on Similar Rooms?

Different rooms have different needs when it comes to their interiors because of their different circumstances. For example, task lighting is extremely important in the kitchen because you want to be able to see what you are doing, whereas it is much less suitable for the bedroom because the focus in the bedroom should be on rest and relaxation. As a result, if you are choosing an interior designer to do something for a specific room, you want to make sure that they have previous experience with such rooms because that increases the chances of them knowing what they are doing.

Can You Provide References?

Ultimately, an interior designer’s portfolio provides no more than a limited window into what it is like actually working with them to come up with something for your interior. If you want better insight, you need to speak with their past clients, which is why you should never hesitate to ask for their references. Use the conversation to ask about issues such as your interior designer’s demeanor, reliability, and work habits, but make sure to pay particularly close attention to past clients with situations as well as jobs that are similar to yours.

What Are My Responsibilities?

You need to make sure to define your role in the project, which in turn, will define your interior designer’s role in the project. This way, there is no chance of a clash between you and your interior designer, which can have extremely detrimental consequences for the look of your home even if your interior designer completes the job instead of quitting while they are partway through. Furthermore, if you tell your interior designer what you expect from them at the start, you can avoid the hassle that should be considered a normal part of anything that involves extensive changes to your home.

Written by Housely

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