When you choose an interior designers, you are more than inviting them into your personal oasis – you are letting them shape and mold that oasis into whatever their imagination decrees!
The good news is that with most professional designers, your home is definitely in good hands. You will be amazed at the ways a true professional can transform the style of your home in ways you never even dreamed.
Every potential designer needs to be properly vetted. Just like any other professional, your home designer should be selected based on a litmus test of reputation, prior work and qualifications.
If you are intimated by the prospect of seeking out your dream designer, here is a quick cheat sheet that covers all the bases of finding your match made in decor heaven.
Ask for Referrals
Like all good things these days, the easiest way to search for an interior designer is by browsing online. This method is second best only to real live recommendations from friends and family, whose professionally-decorated home you adore.
Your interior designer may brag a long list of clients, but did they leave those clients totally satisfied? If you are about to plunk down a pretty penny for their design expertise, don’t be afraid to ask for referrals and references from past and present clients. You need to be sure they are adept at meeting client reputations.
Interior Design Portfolio
Any professional designer should have a portfolio with photos of completed projects. They should also have case studies of before / after results.
Getting a glimpse of their past work is the first step in getting to know the designer. You should never feel pressured to sign a contract with them at this stage.
Before you sign any contract, invite them into your home or make a video meeting for a free consultation. If they aren’t willing to give you at least a half hour of their time for consultation prior to accepting you as a client, this can be a red flag. You want to make sure that they are client-centered and willing to take suggestions.
They should also be open to a question and answer period where you can freely inquire about estimated project timespans and cost.