The Interior Design Society is happy to help you find the right interior designer for your project because we believe that a qualified, talented professional will bring you the best possible results. IDS members have years of experience in residential design and make it a point to stay on top of the latest trends and product innovations.
WHAT SHOULD I ASK BEFORE HIRING AN INTERIOR DESIGNER?
Below is a list of helpful questions to ask an interior designer. By gathering your information and getting answers to your design questions, you will be able to make a more well-informed decision. In addition to the formalities and technicalities of the designer's expertise and experience, it's truly important that you establish a positive rapport with the person who will handle your home's redesign. Communication is key to a successful collaboration!
1. Do you have experience designing spaces that are...(modern, retro, traditional, Victorian, minimalist, or contemporary) similar to what I'm looking for with this redesign?
2. What is your fee for what we've discussed with this project? Will I be charged a flat fee, or is everything billed on an hourly basis? Will I be paying a commission on purchases and services? If so, what is the percentage?
3. Discuss your budget for the project with the designer. It is important to establish a budget for the project at the beginning, and clarify what will be included in your contract. If you are not sure, ask the designer to provide a projected budget as a guide to the costs and fees involved.
4. Tell the designer if you have children or pets, and then ask if they can work his magic to incorporate living spaces that will reflect your lifestyle.
5. Ask to see the interior designer's portfolio, and also ask them about their schooling, years of experience and credentials.
6. Ask your designer how furnishings and accessories will be procured. Will you be buying direct from the designer or through a to-the-trade showroom?
7. Do they have a client list that they can share with you, or perhaps a person or two that you can call for referrals about the work they did for them?
8. Ask if floor plans, design boards, sample fabrics and other plans are included in the fee.
9. Ask if you or another family member can approve the work before it's started, especially if walls and ceilings will be knocked out.
10. Ask for an estimate of how long the designer anticipates the project to take before the work is completed. Some projects will run longer than expected, but will that be reflected in the amount the designer will charge? Be very clear regarding the fees and the deliverables. Know what you are buying and paying for, and how much it will cost, before you hire the designer.
11. Ask if you're responsible for any aspect of the design, building and purchase portions of the project. You don't want any surprises or being held responsible for holding up a team of workers when you didn't know everything was hinging on your decisions.
12. Who will be responsible for recruiting and hiring the subcontractors, and responsible for the quality and correctness of the work?
Lastly -- ask yourself if you feel comfortable with this person and the way the work at hand and design process is explained to you. It's imperative that you trust the person you hire. This may very well be a long-term relationship that should bring a satisfying, stress-free experience with immensely successful results!
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