Engaging an interior designer can seem like a task because some might find the occupation title a little intimidating. In truth, they can be the friendliest and most helpful people you’ll ever meet in your home decorating journey.
All you need to do is ask the right questions. Not only will this answer all your questions, but also allow you to have a better experience working with a designer:
1. “May I know your style?”
Most designers have a preferred or signature style that they tend to lean towards. Some are great with clean and minimalism designs; while others are good with creating a vintage look and feel. It’s important that you find out about your designer’s style as this will really make the process faster and more pleasant. If both you and your designer are keen on similar designs, then it would be easier for them to provide you with a mock-up that is closer to your taste. Revisions will be fewer as well, and work can start sooner.
2. “What does your quotation cover?”
This is so that you won’t be surprised by sudden ‘extra’ costs when payment is due. An interior designer’s quotation will include their consultation fee, the renovation cost, and material cost. If the designer’s job scope includes sourcing or customising furniture for you, then those should be included as well. Be honest with your designer when it comes to money matters: your budget, what you’re willing to spend more on, and what you’re willing to forego. You should also ask what’s their policy on mock-up changes, if any extra charges will be incurred should you want some changes to the draft.
3. “Do you have any samples that are similar to the styles you’re suggesting?”
Always, always ask for a sample. This will help you better visualise the look your designer has in mind for your home. You’ll also be able to point out instantly to your designer on the elements that you like or dislike. Your designer will most probably appreciate this as they can immediately get a grasp of your preferences, and help you find your own style.
4. “What’s your timeline like?”
In short, how long does the designer need to work on your home before you can start moving your things in and start living there? This will help both sides manage expectations. Let your designer know if you have a preferred date to move in, or if you’re good with their timeline. At this point, you should also find out what’s the payment schedule like: how much do you need to put down as a deposit, when’s the subsequent payment due, and when the final payment should be paid. You can then plan your monthly budget accordingly.
5. “Is there a warranty period for your work?”
What happens if the customised furniture is faulty? Or if the renovated work is not up to standard? These are difficult questions, but will be even more difficult if you were to ask them when the damages have happened. It’s best to get this out in the open so that all parties are aware of the warranty period and the types of damages that are claimable.
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written by Esther Chung