The Step-by-Step Guide to Hiring Your Interior Designer

1: TAKE STOCK

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Have a clear understanding of what you would like to incorporate into the house.

The simplest way to do this is to create a checklist highlighting the things that you

need as well as the things you want to happen in the house. This helps you remain

focused on the on-going renovations, and it allows you to touch base with your

interior designers as the work goes on to ensure that everyone is on the same page.

2: KNOW YOUR PREFERENCES

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Designers, though amazing at their jobs, are not necessarily able to read your

minds. Sure, you’ve pulled out some pages from the latest magazines and pictures

from Pinterest, but this only gives your designers an overall idea of your

preference.

You need to specify what is it you like – and yes, that would mean doing some

research before choosing a designer based on their existing portfolios. No two

designers are the same, and getting comfortable with their work is the best way to

start before you call them up.

3: SET BUDGET & UNDERSTAND HOW ITS BILLED
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What was the saying again? If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail? Same

principle here when it comes to coming up with a budget. Those new to the

process of hiring interior designers may need to get online (again!) and do your

research.

Friends, families and neighbours provide excellent input too. As long as you are

extremely clear about the kind of money you are willing to spend, you are in

control of the entire process – not your interior decorator.

Once you agree on a budget, you need to understand the way the work is billed too.

Some designers charge by the hour while others charge a flat fee. Some require an

upfront payment and others are fine with a monthly fee.

Whatever the case may be, do ensure that you are hiring services that you are

willing and happy to pay for.

4: FIND THE RIGHT DESIGNER

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There’s nothing worse than getting the wrong person to do the job. The best way

to find a proper interior designer is to ask for referrals from past clients.

Otherwise, get a list of designers you want to work with and pay attention to their

online portfolios for references.

Pictures tell a thousand words, and looking at their portfolios will give you a better

idea on the quality of work that you can expect. If you’re not looking at their

pictures and going “Wow, I’d really love to live there!” then those designers might

not be right for you.

5: INTERVIEW WITH THE POTENTIAL

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Narrowing down your selection of designers is just the first step of your journey

towards recreating your living space. Ensure that the people you are talking to are

asking you the right questions and are really trying to understand what your style

and budget is – stay away from hard sellers at all costs. They are there to hit their

quota, and not to help.

Put them on the spot by asking them important questions.

“What are your suggestions?”

“Will this concept work in my home?”

“Will this feel comfortable in a small apartment?”

Talk to a few designers and compare skills and services. Once you meet “the one”

you’ll know, because the discussions you will have will feel more natural and they

get what you’re trying to achieve in your home.

6: WHAT’S NEXT AFTER CONFIRMING ON DESIGNER

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When you have finally settled on an interior designer of your choice, be sure to run

through the floor plan to ensure that it feels right for you and everything flows

correctly. Everything has to be discussed and agreed upon so you always keep on

top of the project – your interior designers are there to help you, and you have to

make it easier for them to communicate their progress with you.

Working together with your interior designer ensures that you get the home you

want, and it is this synergy between vision and execution that makes the entire

process fun and rewarding for both client and vendor.

Do look out for our article outlining a list of important questions to ask your

designer! Ask the right questions, and you are well on

your way to creating the home of your dreams.

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