When it comes time to redecorate your existing home, or perhaps decorate your first home, you may consider hiring a designer to perform the task of interior design and decorating of your home.
This can be a scary thing. After all, you are entrusting the look and feel of your home for what could well be the next ten to twenty years to someone who may be a complete stranger. You have to trust this person to create a space that you will be happy with for all that time. How do you know if he or she is even going to do a good job?
Fortunately, there are a few things that you can check to help make that decision easier, and which will also reduce your risk. When choosing your interior designer here are the things to look out for.
An interior designer should have a qualification that you can check. It’s important to realise that interior design is more than just slapping on a coat of paint and picking some matching furnitute. The development of an interior design may involve structural changes to the building, and a trained designer will know everything necessary to understand building codes and plans, and liase with both officials and contractors. An untrained designer may have trouble understanding the basics.
The interior designer should have a portfolio to show you. You do want someone experienced don’t you? A portfolio of photos of previous work will give you an idea of the designers style and quality. Along with the portfolio the interior designer should be able to provide references of former customers.
The interior designer should have a registered business. While it is perfectly acceptable to run a business as a sole proprietorship, a registered business shows an additional level of commitment by the designer. The business is not just something the designer is doing in his spare time.
Check the interior designers credentials with the Better Business Bureau or its equivalent. There are a lot of shonky fly by night operators in all fields of endeavor and interior design is no exception. There are endless stories of customers engaging a professional and ending up with a job that is at best incomplete and at worst woefully done costing thousands to repair. Fortunately, the Better Business Bureaus of the world register these complaints and can offer precious knowledge when engaging an interior designer.
Along with credentials, make sure that the interior designer is carrying the appropriate insurances for their profession, and ensures that the contractors being engaged do likewise. Problems of one sort or another often crop up, and it’s good to know that at least some of them are covered. This will give you a lot more peace of mind when engaging the designers services.
Finally, make sure that the interior designer is a good communicator. Now to be fair, communication is a two way street and you will need to be able to effectively communicate your ideas and desires to the designer. But it is vitally important that the interior designer be an excellent communicator. She will need to communicate all sorts of details to contractors and building code officials. Imagine the consequences if the designer gets the wrong idea about certain building codes and tells the contractors to do something that will need major repair work. Or if the designer doesn’t understand your basic requirements and ends up painting a room the wrong color. Good communication will go a long way to alleviating this kind of problem.
At first glance, interior design seems pretty simple. However, that isn’t the case at all. Similarly engaging an interior designer can be fraught with dangers. If you take note of the considerations listed above, you should find that your experience with the world of interior design is a much smoother one.