Whether remodeling an old house, getting the new one designed, or getting your villa designed with a jacuzzi it’s always better to hire a professional for the job.
More Is Not Always Good
Nowadays with so many SEO, marketing, or PR agencies being hired by interior designers, it’s really very difficult to mark genuine Designers. Hence it’s crucial to understand a heavily marketing invested designer and a genuine designer.
One trick many Interior designers doing these days is making a fake profile and posting great reviews about themself at various social media accounts.
First Tip for this could be the number of reviews. If the designer has too many positive reviews compared to the rest of the designers, it’s a red flag to be considered. But Wait.
Next to be checked is, type of social media, videos, images the designer is posting on the internet.
Generally, a designer who is too much into marketing and not into genuine work can be seen posting too many videos of their works with professional quality.
Instead of spreading knowledge these kinds of designers just post about themself. Their blogs would be all about them being portrayed as the best interior designers.
The Most Important is, if your shortlisted designer is showing he has done 1000’s of projects while charging you a low amount, it’s a BIG red flag, as this profession doesn’t allow a good designer to do so many projects in a small amount of time. That means he is not giving enough time to each project, and not making them unique.
Just like your space/ place is precious, investing your time and money with the best interior designer is one of the most crucial steps to take you and your space way ahead of its time.
But before you rush to consult the first name you find, get a checklist to ensure you choose a credible and experienced designer who can deliver a result that you’ll love for years to come.
Start Of Search Of The Best professional
Get the specifics of the designer you find on Google, Facebook, Quora, or Twitter or through your relative/ colleague who might recommend an Interior designer to you.
So, first decide on the look, the budget, the timelines and also, the location. All these could be critical and even connected to each other.
Its always best to hire a designer who design with time,
Always say no to
Why? Because there is no taste to this kind of interior, the designer has used the ugly looking pattern on the sofa, random grill in the ceiling with hidden light. Tv unit with again an alien design. Rubbish, plus this was or is never trendy.
Go For Clean looking functional designs, yes this one is trendy and has good taste.
These days there are so many places to get design inspiration for the place you intend to get designed, and it can even lead to you connecting with interior designers that create inspiring spaces.
For example, Houzz has a great LookBook where you can find an interior designer by style. Other online magazines, such as Behance, quora, can help you find incredibly talented interior design leads as well.
Remember to shortlist at least 5 interior designers before proceeding ahead.
Mark them based upon their ratings by their online reviews and social activity.
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.
So, look for them on social media, speak to your friends, the family who recently hired an interior designer, or another key source is décor magazines and blogs that talk about architecture and design. Shortlist the ones that fit your list of filters. This way you would have a handful of them to approach.
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. but if everything has a similar design? Then you know that your home will also end up looking like a close copy of all the others.
Discuss The Design Style
The discussion shouldn’t only be focused on the project budget. But it should also reflect the designer’s work style. Does he/she listen to your questions, are they trying to persuade?,
Will he/she accomplish your goals within your budget?, Can he/she adapt to suit your style, schedule, and other needs?
Ask his experience with the kind of project you wish to have.
Also, check if he has done the kind of work he has done. Each designer is unique, if he is into a traditional design he might not be able to design your future contemporary apartment.
Similarly while selecting the designer look at his team. If they are just college pass out or new to designing, there are mistakes bound to happen. Refrain from designers of this sort.
Sign The Design Contract
If you feel that the interior designer is listening closely to your ideas and able to interpret your style, you’ve found a winner.
Before any work is done and before you pay anything, make sure you sign a contract. It should specify responsibilities, a timeline, budgetary limits, and all the important aspects. The contract should mention how much time you have hired him, his stages of payments.
It should also have clauses which you may not have considered but might happen, for example, will he be ready to go out of the city with you to purchase the showroom items, what would be his per day charges.
Your home must reflect your personality and have unique touches.
Even after selecting the interior designer carefully, there are chances that you might have made mistake, but trust us, AS the above said Tips are the best selection procedure as heard by our previous clients.
Ultimately it’s your gut feel, which you give you the design of your taste.