Whether you’re moving into your first home or you just want to update the space you’ve been living in for years, an interior designer can help you add personality and pizzazz to your space. But the important part is finding someone who will match with your style, your vision, and your design goals. Here are a few questions to ask any prospective interior designer before you hire them to make sure that you’re on the same page.
- What’s your background?
This may be an important initial question, as in most states, an interior designer must have a degree and have passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification exam. Interior decorating, on the other hand, can be done by anyone who has an eye and passion for the subject, but may not have the credentials to back it up.
- What are your rates?
Some interior designers charge by the hour; others charge a percentage fee of the entire project costs. Make sure you know upfront how much you should expect to spend on their services.
- Do you have any referrals?
Pictures and design plans are great, but nothing really captures a designer’s work better than a walk-through of an actual home remodeling project they’ve completed. Asking for recommendations at your favorite furniture store is another great way to find someone who aligns with your aesthetic.
- Is my budget reasonable for the project?
Nothing is worse than getting halfway through a project, only to realize that you’ll have to spend a lot more than you initially planned. Remember that along with the initial costs, however, you’ll also likely see a significant return on investment: even an average kitchen remodel can see an ROI of 82.7%.
- What’s my role during the process?
Do you want to be hands-on in your interior design, or would you prefer to sit back and let the hired help make all of the calls? Either way, be clear about your expectations so that egos and personalities don’t end up butting heads down the road.
Ready to make a change in your home? Find the right interior designer for your project and you could create a living space that will leave you comfortable and happy for decades to come.