Not everybody has the spare time to design their own home, which is why there is help out there. Whether you decide to use a freelance designer or an interior design company, there are a few precautions that you should take to help you the right selection and ensure you will be happy with the final product: your home.

During the first consultation with an interior designer, three things should be discussed: the timeframe that you want the work completed within, the style you want to achieve and the budget that you are prepared to spend. It is very important that these three issues are crystal clear before proceeding any further, so that neither you nor the designer are under any illusions of what needs to be done.

The timeframe will always depend on the scope of work; if you are in a rush then all the products should be sourced from the local market which the designer should have a good idea of. You must also be happy that the designer knows exactly what style you want, this can be done by going through ‘concept boards’ or even using the internet to look at homes.  If you are unsure about how much your budget is, then ask the designer for a rough figure based on market prices as well as their design fee, if they charge one.

Lastly, check out the designer’s portfolio to see the work they have completed. Don’t be shy to ask; this is what designers sell themselves on and it gives you an idea of their capabilities.  You can also ask to see some testimonials or even speak to their references.

Designing your home is a big responsibility, so make sure you’re happy with your final choice.

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