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5 Tips For Hiring An Interior Designer


Posted on December 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

5 Tips For Hiring An Interior Designer

Are you searching for “Tips For Hiring An Interior Designer“? If so, see below for the best tips when looking to hire an interior designer in your area.

When working with an interior designer on home improvement projects can be a really money and time saver, if you plan it out carefully.

First, you need to understand that with all the expertise and ideas that an interior designer will offer, the question is one that you have to answer. What do you want and how much do you want to spend? Once you have those questions answered, then you will be ready to pick out a designer.

Finding the right designer

Gail Doby, co-founder of Design Success University LLC, states that the first step is to ask for referrals.

Real estate agents, as well as friends and neighbors, whose homes you have seen and like are great places to start. If you have seen something in an article online or in a magazine, those are great places to start according to Doby.

Once you have a good list of interior designers that you want to check out, head to a computer. 75% of interior designers will have websites, however the information on their site may vary. Pay close attention to visual samples for every site.

Judy Sheridan, author of How to Work with an Interior Designer, has stated that with the photographs that are on the site, you can get an idea about if you like the style and what the designer is doing.

You need to consider hiring designers that have services that fit your needs. Some do specialize in renovations while others prefer to work with new construction. There are even some designers that offer only window treatments while some will focus on bath and kitchen designs.

Research costs of projects

If you have never done an interior design project, you will need to do some homework to find a good budget. Neighbors and friends who have done makeovers similar to what you want and are willing to talk about how much they spent will provide3 you with a good ballpark number.

Another resource that is helpful is reading Remodeling Magazines Cost vs. Value report on popular remodeling projects. The most recent report appears in the 2010 issue and can be seen on their site.

According to Remodeling magazine the midrange luxury scale for a major kitchen remodel was around $59,000. The average cost for upscale remodel was $114,000. The midrange bathroom remodel was around $17,000 and an upscale version was $54,000. Adding a master suit was averaged at $110,000 while the upscale remodel was $233,000.

Be clear about your budget.

Sheridan and Doby have stressed the importance of being straight about how much money you are wanting to spend on the design. According to Sheridan, difficulties about getting clients to state their budgets is a big frustration for interior designers.

Sheridan states that it can be a real cat and mouse type of game and clients often leave it up to the designer to use a crystal ball to figure it out.

There will be times when your vision for a project doesn’t match your budget. If you have been dreaming of a custom kitchen but have a budget of $20,000, then it may not happen. Interior designers will help you to prioritize the wish list you have, show you what you budget will give you and how you can work towards you goal over time.

Designers will be able to give you a ballpark figure about the cost of doing a certain project, such as a bathroom or living room. Since there is a wide range of quality and cost of materials, how much is spent is up to you.

Understanding billing methods

The Design Success University site states that interior designers normally charge hourly fees, as well as a markup for handling purchasing materials and furnishings. Some will give you access to discounts for retail purchases. There are some designers will bill by the hour without purchasing services. There are also designers that will just charge a flat fee for the project.

You should be aware that interior designers that purchase on your behalf will expect you to pay 100% of the cost upfront. Most designers will require a retainer which may range from $500 to $30,000 when you sign their contract.

You should make certain that the designer that you hire is going to give you the services that you want to buy. For example, if you are wanting to do a DIY room makeover, some will give you a consultation of hourly fees to give you ab idea or planning assistance. But, many won’t take these types of clients.

Let the interior designer find contractors

One of the big ways that interior designers save you money and time is by helping you to find good remodeling and construction contractors.

According to Doby, this is what interior designers do. They normally have a group of contractors as well as subcontractors that they work with daily. Designers know that they will show up on time, be respectful of the home, and personal possessions and they will have the integrity to do what they say they will do for a reasonable price.

Thank you for reading “5 Tips For Hiring An Interior Designer”. Stay tuned for more from the expert interior designers at Divine Redesign.

3 responses to 5 Tips For Hiring An Interior Designer

  1. I love your tip to do your homework to find a good budget for an interior design job. I feel like it would be easy to be uncertain about that area, but having some concrete boundaries figured out would make your life much easier. It would also make sense to me to spend sometime looking into a few different designers and comparing their pros and cons so you can make an informed decision about who to hire.

  2. Checking the website of an interior designer makes a lot of sense as a way to get more information about them. It couldn’t hurt to ask some questions about their past work and references as well. The BBB could be really helpful for input in this area.

  3. I am happy to learn that the first step in finding an interior designer is go ask for referrals. It is also good to know that looking at online reviews can be helpful. My friend loved working with her interior designer because the worker was licensed and her experience showed through her work.

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