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Kwinter Design, photo by Yale Wagner

 

What are the 5 most important questions to ask an Interior Designer before hiring them? Here’s five tips to help you start off right on your next design project.

1) TIMELINES: Do you have time to work on my project? How long, do you estimate, will it take to complete my project?

2) MONEY: How do you charge for your services- is there an hourly rate, percentage on purchases, signing fee, per room rate- or some combination of these?

2) BUDGET:
Do you think the amount budgeted for this project is sufficient to complete part, or all of the room?

3) STYLE:
Can you work with my few existing pieces of furniture that I would like to use in the project? Do you think the pieces I already own would work well in the new design? If not, please let me know your thoughts.

4) INSTALLATIONS & DELIVERIES:
Who accepts deliveries of furniture and inspects them?
If there is an installation of drapes/wallpaper/paint, etc., who oversees it? How is this billed?

5) DESIGNER:
Who will I be dealing with on a daily/weekly basis, from your office? Is it mainly the head designer or an assistant/intern?
Please specify who is in charge of the design.

 

Something we missed? Comment with the questions you think are crucial when it come to hiring a designer.