First of all congratulations! You have your dream home/Office/Restaurant or cafe & we understand it wouldn’t have been a cake-walk but it’s worth it. Isn’t it? 🙂 Now let’s come to the next part : making it functional, beautiful & most importantly fit for your taste, daily activities, personality & basically turning it into a space that is YOU.
Whether renovating an old house or getting the new one designed, it’s always better to hire a professional interior designer for the task. Before you rush to consult the first name you find, get a checklist to ensure you choose a credible and experienced Interior designer who can deliver a result that you’ll love & cherish for years to come. Perplexed with the idea of finding the right interior designer for your place in India? Let us help you to make a wise decision.
Step 1: Get the specifics
First decide on the critical aspects which are the basics like the look/style, the budget, timelines and also, the location or availability. You wouldn’t want to get into discussions and at a certain point of work find the timelines too long. So, better create these filters even before you begin. Don’t be unrealistic over the budget, for the same you can check online, or get quotes from some designers who you feel could suit your taste.
Please Keep everything transparent & communicate well. Designers or architects are like doctors, you lie, they might not be able to handle your condition, additionally, it may be a bigger mess than you have thought of. These guys are professionals in their field and want to make beautiful/ landmark projects for their clients. Hiding, budget, timeline or your taste from them could be a total disaster.
You may also ask the questions below for clarity from the designer:
– Is there a particular style that you like or that you don’t like?
– How many projects do you work on at a given time?
– What’s your internal structure, and who would I work with on your team other than you?
– How long would you anticipate the project to be completed?
– Does our availability line up?
– What is your project management style and what will you expect of me?
– How do you charge and what does your fee include?
– How do you keep track of my budget, payments, and refunds?
– How do you resolve problems during the project? (Furniture arrives damaged, the wrong piece was shipped, etc.)
For Example we (Ogling inches design architects) are a very adjustable and transparent design firm for the mentioned questions. In the beginning itself our clients always share all of their queries directly to us to let us help them if they get stuck somewhere & this makes the project journey comfortable for both the parties.
Step 2: Where to find the details-
look for them on Google/social media (Best interior designer in Pune/Interior designers pune/ Interior designer in Baner etc), speak to your friends, a family who recently hired an interior designer or another key source is décor magazines and blogs that feature architecture and design works. Shortlist the ones that fit your list of filters. This way you would have a handful of them to approach.
Once you have shortlisted some designers, do a background check. Know about their education (specialization, institution), projects they have worked on, people they have worked with, people they have worked under if any, and their experience. Look for their reviews by their previous clients. Google & Facebook reviews are two of the best and non-modifiable sources to check their authenticity.
Step 3: Portfolio and Credentials
When you have an eye on the one, do a background check about their qualifications, company. previous projects. Take a look at their portfolio, go through the different range of design styles.
If everything in their portfolio has a similar design concept & feels almost the same Then you know that your home will also end up looking like a close copy. Always remember, a lot of companies show off with 3D images or software designed pictures rather than showing the actual work after execution. Always check their authenticity and work profile before proceeding.
Step 4: Discuss
The discussion shouldn’t only be focused on the project budget but it should also reflect the design expert’s work style. Does he/she listen to your questions? Are they trying to persuade a bit too much?, Will he/she accomplish your goals within your budget? Can he/she adapt to your liking, schedule, and other requirements?
Step 5: Sign the contract
If you feel that the interior designer is listening closely to your ideas, is able to interpret your style, has a vibrant portfolio, has great reviews – High five! you’ve found a winner.
. In India often we take things a bit casually & discuss some or all the conditions verbally which results into bitter experiences, arguments & confusion. Thus we recommend that before any work is done and before you pay anything, make sure you sign a contract.
It should specify responsibilities, a deadline, budgetary limits and all the other important aspects. Your home must reflect your personality and have unique touches. Clear all possible hidden terms, loopholes & possible troubling elements with the designer in advance. Usually, interior designers charge their fees for the number of visits, out of your city visiting charges, printing site visits, communication fees, etc. Settle all of these amounts before signing the contract.
We wish you a smooth & satisfactory design process & great time after the project handover as well.
Team Ogling Inches