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5 ways to find an interior designer that fits the bill

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Engaging an interior designer can seem like a task some might find a little intimidating.

However, they can be not only helpful but friendly and most helpful in home decorating.

Here are five questions to ask to have a better experience working with them:

1. What is the signature style?

Most designers have a preferred or signature style. Some are great with clean and minimalist designs; while others are good with creating a vintage look and feel.

It’s important to find out the designer’s style as this will really make the process faster and more pleasant. Agreeing on designs makes it easier to provide a mock-up that is closer to the client’s taste.

Revisions will be fewer and work can start sooner.

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2. What does the quotation cover?

This is so that there won’t be “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, then these costs should be included. Be honest with the designer when it comes to budget and money matters.

Ask for their policy on mock-up changes, and if any extra charges will be incurred should there be some changes to the draft.

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3. Can please show samples similar to the suggested styles?

Always, always ask for a sample. This will help to better visualise the look the designer has in mind. Let the designer know instantly what elements you like and dislike.

The designer will most probably appreciate this as it enables them to immediately get a grasp of the client’s preferences and style.

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4. What’s the time-line like?

In short, how long does the designer need to work on the home before the client can move in and live there? This will help both sides manage expectations.

Let the designer know if there’s a preferred date to move in, or if the client is good with their time-line.

At this point, find out what the payment schedule is like: how much to be put down as a deposit, when the subsequent payment is due, and when the final payment should be paid.

The client can then plan the budget accordingly.

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5. Is there a warranty period for the 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 to ask when the damage has 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.

This article first appeared in kaodim.com

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