Questions you should ask before hiring a designer

June 21st 2022

Questions you should ask before hiring a designer

The process of finding the perfect designer can feel intimidating. After all, if you have never done this before, how do you know if they are the right match? How would you know if your visions align? If they can help you achieve what you envision for your home? Understandably, these are just some of the many questions that people often face when trying to hire a designer. Hence, here are some questions you should ask before hiring an interior designer.

What is your design style and can I see some of your past works?

This is perhaps the most important question you should ask a designer. After all, you need to know if the designer's style matches yours. If their style does not suit you, there is no point in asking them any other questions or hiring them, as they are less able to execute the design that you like. For instance, if you love contemporary-styled houses, you should find a designer that specializes in that style. In addition, by asking this question, you will be able to hear how well the designer describes and executes their vision. Creating a design or idea is one thing, but making it happen in real life is another. You need to know if the final end-product matches their design process. Another bonus from asking this question? You can see if the interior designer is reliable or not. But what if you are not sure what kind of style you want? You can ask several designers and ask to see their portfolios or pick one that does various styles.

How much do you charge?

Knowing if the designer matches your budget is another crucial factor. Hence, you need to ask them how much they charge. Here are some things you should look out for. Does the designer work on an hourly rate? Or does he charge a flat rate? Or does he charge a percentage of the project cost instead? If you love to contact a designer regularly, look for a designer that is charged at a flat rate. On the other hand, if you are happy with fewer consultations, an hourly rate will probably be cheaper too. Hence, learn how much they charge, how they charge, and if they suit your preferences and budget. Here is a tip. Seek a few designers of similar styles to know the market rate, and understand if the designer you are looking at is worth the cost. At the same time, keep in mind that you have to balance between affordability, timeliness, and the quality of the eventual results.

How involved will you be throughout the renovation process?​

One common misconception that many first-timers have is that the interior designer will manage the entire home renovation process, and you do not have to worry about it at all. While that is the ideal case, most interior designers unfortunately will not be able to do so. This is because most of them will be tasked with handling more than just your project at any given time. Thus, you need to ask this question to understand how involved he or she will be throughout the home renovation process so there will not be any misunderstandings later on. But what does it mean if the designer says they will be less involved? It could mean several things. From you having to directly liaise directly with contractors, to get updates every week via video calls only, the possibilities are endless. Hence, listen out to the designer explain why and how involved he will be, and decide if the level of commitment is suitable for you.

How will you present your design ideas?​

This is another great question you need to ask before you hire a designer. You need to know if they will be presenting their design ideas to you in a way that you can understand or appreciate. For instance, if an interior designer uses interactive digital presentations to show their design, but you prefer the old-school pencil and paper sketches, he or she might not be the one for you. Besides interactive digital presentations or sketches, mood boards and 3D visualizations are also some common methods. In particular, it is best if the designer is able to provide you with a 3D visualization of what your home will look like (even before the start of the renovation). This is because it will allow you to visualize how your ideas will transform into real life.  

What happens if I do not like the design?

Ideally, you will love the initial design presentation. However, it can also be a big miss and you end up wanting to change a majority of the design idea. What happens then? To prevent any miscommunication or worries, you need to ask about it before you hire the designer. Do they allow constant changes or suggestions to the design? How can they balance between your preferences and their knowledge and experience of what works and what does not? Remember, a good designer will be able to answer these questions without a hitch and understand that design is always changing. After all, the home is yours at the end of the day, so it should speak to you. 

Is there a warranty period for your workmanship? 

While not every designer offers a warranty for their workmanship, some do. Hence, be sure to ask them if the designer you are interested in provides a warranty period. However, you also need to be wary if they are merely saying there is a warranty period simply to entice you to hire them. To prevent such issues, ensure that everything is written in a contract, or is noted in black and white. Understand what are the terms and conditions of the warranty, what parts of the home renovation are covered by the warranty, and how exactly you can redeem the warranty.

When can I move in?

This is an important question to ask, especially if you need to move in by a specific date. Why is this so crucial? It is because most reliable interior designers tend to have a couple of projects under their sleeves, which means they will take some time to finish the home renovations. And at the same time, it is also possible that complications or redesigning happen during the renovation process. This will delay the entire renovation process and the date for you to move in. Thus, you need to ask this question. 

In addition, an experienced designer can give you an estimate of how long your home renovation will take, and advise you on how to quicken the renovation process to suit your deadline. Another benefit of asking this question? You will be able to control and know when you can move into your newly renovated home!

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We hope this list will come in handy as you consider how to remodel and fashion your home.

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