How to Choose an Interior Designer
Changing the interior features of your home requires skill and an exceptional eye for detail. If you are not up to the challenge of taking on an interior design project by yourself, consider hiring an interior designer.
Before you go to various sites on the internet in search of interior design prospects, take the time to carefully consider all aspects of your project. Here are a few tips to help you choose an interior designer for your next home improvement project.
Carefully Consider Your Desired Level of Involvement
It is essential that you assess your desired level of involvement in the project before you partner with an interior designer. The following questions will help you clarify your thoughts.
- How much input from an interior designer are you willing to accept?
- Do you want to be informed about the minute details of the project? Or are you just interested in the big picture?
- Will you require guidance with space planning, choosing home furniture and color selection?
- Are you hiring an interior designer to manage all aspects of the project?
- How many design options do you prefer to be shown?
Assess the Scope of the Interior Design Project
Depending on the scope of the design project, the requirements of an interior designer will be different. If you are planning a full redesign of an existing living room, this project will require a person with the vision to create a different atmosphere in this area based on your personal preferences. If a new room has been constructed as an addition to your home, you will need a person who understands how to create a new environment that matches the feel of your existing rooms.
Once you have found prospective interior designers that meet your criteria, determine their qualifications. Determine whether your prospects have a degree or certifications in interior design. Although extensively trained interior designers may command higher rates, they are definitely worth the investment. Professionally trained interior designers have received training in the following areas:
- 3-D Modeling and AutoCAD
- State and Local Regulations and Building Codes
- Fire-Rating Classifications
- Americans with Disabilities Act Regulations
Interview Prospective Interior Designers
Since you will welcome your interior designer into your intimate space, it is best for you to get to know as much about this professional as possible. During your initial phone consultation, schedule a time to interview the prospects.
Compose questions and talking points before the interview. The following list will provide you with important topics to discuss.
- Inquire about educational background and years in the business.
- Discuss service rates.
- Ask to see a portfolio of completed work.
- Obtain a copy of the design contract
- Inquire about licensing, insurance and bonding.
- Ask to be provided a visual model of the interior design ideas.
- Discuss the length of the project from start to finish.
This is one of the most important actions that you can take. When you contact the references, you want to ask detailed questions such as:
- Does the candidate arrive on time each day?
- Did you have challenges getting in contact with the candidate via phone or email?
- Did the project go according to schedule?
- Are you satisfied with the results?
- On a scale of 1 through 5, how would you rate the candidate?
- Would you recommend this candidate to another client?
At John-Williams Interiors, our company understands the importance of selecting qualified interior designers. We welcome you to consult with our expert interior designers to accentuate the best features of your residential space.