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How to use Professional Interior Design Services Effectively...


Recently I have been working with some amazing people doing some dramatic interior design transformative work. Over the years I have noticed that some of my clients use professional services very well while others don't fully understand the process and how to take full advantage of the opportunities. If you want to get the full shabang out of professional services, here's a nuts and bolts guide to making the most.

These principles apply to utilising the services of an Interior Designer but can apply to just about any professional service. Read on, it might be handy for future reference whenever you are hiring a professional.

1.TAKE A PROPER BUSINESS APPROACH

• Take responsibility and don't become a victim.

• Know with whom you are doing business.

• Anyone can call themselves an “Interior Designer” no matter what their qualifications are, check them out thoroughly!

• Make sure you have a referral or that your designer has lots of experience.

2. BE CLEAR ABOUT YOUR EXPECTATIONS:

• Have a clear understanding of what you want to accomplish and brief your designer carefully.

• Find similar examples of what you are looking for so that you can properly communicate any specific preferences.

• Ask yourself: do you really need professional help?

• Can you afford the time and money it will take?

3.CHECK THEIR QUALIFICATIONS:

• Ask them if they are a “Qualified Interior Designer”.

• How long have they been practicing as an interior designer and how long have they worked in the local area?

• Do they have any interior design education and did they properly graduate?

4.CHECK THEIR WORK:

• Check Testimonials and call references.

• Look at recent work done.

• Look for portfolios of their work and be familiar with their style. Make sure that they have a professional web site.

5.ESTABLISH A BUDGET:

• Do not start a project without establishing a budget!

• Make sure your budget for the work includes all the design fees, taxes, delivery charges, and other costs, so you don’t end up over-spending.

• Pay all contractors directly.

6.PREPARE FOR THE UNEXPECTED:

•Things you want are not always available. They may take longer to obtain than anticipated and may cost more so be sure to allow for this in your budgeting.

• When demolishing existing interiors, surprises can be found that will take longer and can cost more. Establish a contingency fund for the unexpected.

• Delays on a project can cost more - have a contingency plan.

• Be prepared to compromise, to keep the project moving along on time and on budget.

• Listen to the design professional who will guide you through the process if you need support.

7.BE AWARE OF THE TRAUMA OF RENOVATING:

• When planning a renovation with your designer, remember - you live or work there – a good designer will keep your personal preferences in mind! This can avoid trauma and help to achieve a less stressful renovation.

• If you need to move out temporarily and can do so, you should!

• If you can’t move out temporarily, prepare for being overwhelmed if the work is extensive. Dust, noise, lots of people in the way! Be realistic.

• Don’t get in the way, and don’t supervise too much, let tradespeople do their work uninterrupted.

• Use your designer, they will advise you to help get you through this.

8.LISTEN TO THE PROFESSIONAL:

• Remember, you hired a professional interior designer, so listen to them.They have experience and visualisation skills that only comes with lots of experience and practice.