It can feel daunting to hire an interior design contractor. This is especially so when you are a beginner and haven’t hired an interior designer. In such a situation, you must prepare questions you would ask the designer.
You shouldn’t be shy, as this will help you figure out your partnership and what you want. Below are five crucial questions you can ask a home interior designer contractor when hiring.
1. What interior designing services do you offer?
Every interior designer offers different services. You should know what you want and will get. There are several services that interior designers can offer.
They include design consultation, procurement or purchasing, assessment and site measurements, project management, and space planning. So, if you consider building an ADU in your yard, your contractor should offer such services.
2. What similar projects have you done?
Here, you would search for testimonials to get acquainted with the interior designer. You might find some on the designer’s website, but nothing beats meeting the designer in person. You can see the designer’s portfolio and peruse it during the consultation.
So, say you intend to go for an ADU construction. You should be able to find similar constructions from the designer’s portfolio. Additionally, getting similar projects will help you with your budget as you can get an idea of your budget and how the design would look.
3. What is your charge, and would it work with my budget?
When you intend to hire an interior designer, you must discuss your budget at the very start. It wouldn’t benefit you to find out that your budget isn’t enough or too much when the contractor is already working on your home.
Questions you should ask should border on the interior designer’s charge. Do they charge an hourly rate, a flat rate, or a percentage of the project cost?
An hourly rate might be best if you love fewer consultations, but if you love to consult with your designer regularly, a flat rate might be better. Designers who work with a percentage mostly do so on large projects which require overseeing procurement and instalment and lots of back and forth.
4. What are your most recent interior design projects?
Here, you can seek to dig deeper into the project. This question will let you know whether the designer uses the latest design trends or innovations.
You can also ask the designer for references from previous clients. This will let you know the level of satisfaction from the previous customers.
5. What design style do you love best?
This question is essential because even though designers can work with their client’s styles, it is usually not always the case. When your style and the designers match, the process will be smooth.
You should have an intimate relationship with your designer. Your interior designer also needs to know much about you to ensure your home is designed to fit you.
This is why you should ask questions during the introduction process. Ask them several questions, and not everything should be about your home.