Sometimes, you would walk into your room and thought to yourself if you could change the entire space to look more aesthetically pleasing. Then, you start to daydream about how beautiful your home would look if only you could hire an interior designer to do the job.
You don’t have the time to fuss with décor and you are too busy to handle it yourself. Even if you are free to handle it yourself, you don’t know where to start or how to pull it all together. This is why most people hire professionals to design and decorate their houses to save them time, money, and frustration.
It is crucial to know that if you hire a professional to do the job, it is still your project and it must be completed in the manner of your choosing. Never be fooled into thinking you can’t decide when it comes to professional design. It is also not necessary to hire them for the entire room because you can only pay for a portion of space.
So, if you want to hire a professional, be sure to take the extra step and secure a contract between both parties. We will share 6 things that interior designers don’t want you to know.
1. Discuss Budget First
Before you start picking out all the luxury paint palettes and furniture, discuss your saving with your interior designer first. A professional designer won’t persuade you to break the bank; instead, he will provide some ideas on what changes you can make to suit your budget.
The first thing you should talk to your designer is your budget. Be direct with how much you are willing to spend including taxes, shipping fees, and any hidden cost. If you really love an item that is way over your budget, request help from your designer to find a similar, but less expensive counterpart.
Communication is the key to every successful deal. Make sure the designer you choose is asking you a lot of questions to discover more about you rather than just unsure of the process. A professional designer want to create a raving fan out of you and is willing to be transparent with you throughout the entire project
2. It’s OK to Say No
Your designer won’t be offended if you dismiss their idea. Remember that this is your own project and you are paying them to complete the project and it is their job to deliver results. It is ok to say no and say how you really feel about something. After all, the final decision is not up to them.
3. Professionals Have Connections
We all know that networking is a huge part of any business success and it benefits us in scoring extra discounts. A well-connected designer will have great resources to get you the best prices and options. A good designer has experience and is very resourceful in finding ways to solve challenging problems. They will be eager to earn your trust and share their experiences in front of you.
4. He is More Concerned with His Style
Many designers have their own style and taste that they like to work with. Sometimes, it can be difficult for them to break out from the norm if you request something that they aren’t used to. Before you hire a designer, check their portfolio and see what style parameters they are used to work with and choose the one who best showcases your style.
Do not forget to ask for proof that he or she can get the job done to your satisfaction. Request references from previous projects, or insist that a clause be put into your contract. However, don’t take offense if they might not always love your ideas. Always be open to accepting new ideas as it may turn out to be satisfying.
5. They Might Use Leftover Inventory
Sometimes, designers have leftover inventory from their previous clients and they couldn’t return to the warehouse. So they might try hard enough to convince you to use that inventory in order to get it off their books.
If you think that furniture doesn’t suit your room, make sure to keep an open line of communication with your designer. At the end of the day, you must be happy with what you pay for and not just accepting what your designer suggests to you. You are not paying to get rid of their leftover inventory.
6. He Might Have Other Important Clients
A good designer has more than one client at a time, this means that you might get pushed under the rug because of a higher priority client. Thus, it is crucial to find out if your designer has time for you. Be clear to convey the message of when you want the project to be completed and if he or she has the available hours to put into it.
Although you can’t expect them to give you their full, undivided attention, there is nothing wrong to tell them you do deserve the time and attention that you are paying for. Be sure to clear the lines of communication and know how to get hold of them when necessary. This is where checking references come in handy.