My last article dealt with the dilemma of DIY and decorative decoration. Suppose you made the decision to hire a professional designer: Congratulations! You have taken the first step by starting a partnership with someone who will guide you through the design process.
But where do you look for a competent and experienced designer? What type of questions should you ask the designer during the interview? Once you hire a designer, what kind of questions do you need to be ready to answer? Do not be discouraged, as the following information will help you through the process.
Organize your thoughts and be well prepared before hiring a designer:
Only you know how much money you are willing to spend on your project. Pre-determine your budget and discuss it with your designer.
Start collecting photos of magazines or books that reflect your style. Gather product images that you would like to incorporate into the functionality of your design.
How to make sure Designer is well qualified:
-People you Know:
The best reference is to someone you know and trust. If you have a friend or relative who recently used a designer for a project and is happy with the job, you'll probably be happy with the designer's work. The only exception is if your friend's home falls out of the realm of what your personal taste may be. Most designers can work well in a variety of styles, but others can be very limited. In any case, interview this designer and ask to see his portfolio. If all the work looks the same or you do not see the styles that suit you, then you may not have the right designer.
Most local magazines feature several interior designers each month. These designers are almost always well established and experienced. Contact the designers who work you most admire.
A few times a year, most areas sponsor exhibition houses. You will usually find advertised show houses in the home and garden section of the local newspaper. Typically, there is a charge to enter the show house, but usually they benefit from a charity. The local cream of crop designers offers the opportunity to decorate a room or an entire house. Here you can see their work firsthand.
– References of Professional Associations:
Professional associations such as the American Society of Interior Designers runs a national reference program for designers in your area. All ASID members are not identical. Professional members are different from allied members. Professional members must submit references, have some experience and pass a rigorous national exam called the NCIDQ. You can be sure that any professional member is qualified to decorate your home.
After checking the references and reducing your search to about three candidates, you are ready to conduct interviews.
Questions to Ask During the Interview:
-Poser see the designers' portfolio:
Most designers take pictures of their work. The portfolio should give you a good idea of the styles in which the designer works best.
-Teach about the qualifications of designers:
Find out about their education, business experience, professional affiliations and other projects that they are currently working on.
-Request the duration of your project:
It is important to know how many projects the designer has contracted when carrying out your project. Some designers may not be able to start your project immediately because of their workload. Let the designer know your deadlines and make sure that they will be available for your project to be completed according to the desired schedule.
-Request working arrangements that meet your needs:
Some designers work strictly turnkey or full service and do everything for you. Most designers, however, are willing to be hired for limited service or for consultation. You and your designer should agree on the type of work relationship that suits you at a time.
-Ask for Fees:
Discuss the designer's fee structure. There is not one way that designers charge. Usually, there are hourly fees. These fees vary depending on the region and the designer's experience. Most designers propose to pass on their discounts plus a slight increase. For a very large project, the designer sometimes bills the square meter.
Now that you have made your choice, the designer should give you a contract to sign. The contract is very important and protects both parties. The contract defines the scope of the project. It specifies who will be responsible for what and what the budget limits will be.
The most difficult part is over. Sit back and relax, you now have a professional who leads the way for you. Although there are a lot of decisions to make and some unexpected obstacles, you will now have someone in your corner.