Choosing an interior designer to model your house can be a daunting task. You would love to do it yourself, but you might not have enough confidence in your design sensibilities to do it yourself. On the other hand, if you do get someone else to do it, there is a chance they might goof up, and you might have to live a long time with the results so there can be no room for mistakes, pun unintended. That being said, there are a lot of creative professionals that can help bring your dream home into reality and the biggest challenge is to find one that shares your vision. Hence, here are seven steps you need to follow while choosing the best Interior Designer for your house.
1)Define your styleBefore you start on a headhunt for an interior designer, you need to know what your style is. Note down things that are, in your eyes, non-negotiable. These things will act as a filter based on which you can start searching. Many designers have their signature styles, and you can compare and see if your preferences match any of them.
2)The searchAssuming you've completed Step 1, you now have a general idea of what you expect from your house and what you do and do not expect from your designer. So its time to start searching. You can browse the web or check in with friends or acquaintances who might have recently hired one. You can also check specific designer's portfolios and certain decor magazines. Filter the ones that match your preferences, and you should have a couple of candidates on your list to approach.
3)Budget ConstraintsIt's very important to set and define a financial limit that you are willing to spend, and it is imperative that you make this known to any prospective designer's. Also, be sure to discuss their remuneration in length. Some charge an hourly rate while some charge a fixed fee per project that they take up. This can also be an additional factor in helping you decide and cut down your choices.
4)Meet and GreetOnce you've shortlisted the final round of candidates, its time to finally have a face-to-face talk with them. During the interview, ask them a ton of questions. Ask them about any prior clients that you could contact for referrals, about their services, cost, duration of the entire project etc.
5)CommunicateIt is essential that you communicate freely with your designer. He or she may have a bunch of ideas, and even though your styles are same, you may not always see eye to eye when it comes to certain details. Try and keep an open mind don't dismiss any idea without at least giving it a chance. But at the end, your word is final and never forget that.
6)ContractOnce you have zeroed in on your interior design, call them and let them know about your choice and decision. Before you start any work or pay any fee, make sure you sign the contract which should explicitly specify the various responsibilities, the project timeline, budgetary constraints and all the other aspects
7)SchedulingNow that you have your team ready to go, you need a plan. Which rooms need to be redesigned and which ones get priority, this need to be discussed and a game plan made.
Also, discuss with the designer about the materials that you'll need to buy. If you have any particular preferences, make sure you tell the designer that too, so that he or she can factor that into their calculations. If there are any other pieces that you'd like to buy, try and take your designer along with you if possible.