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4 Questions to Ask an Interior Designer Before You Hire Them

by Spaces Designed Hi, I am Komal Sheth - Founder of Spaces Designed

Whether you want to make your living spaces look and feel more contemporary and cozy or classic and luxurious, hiring a professional interior designer is the smartest decision you can make. Professional designers have the know-how and experience to transform even the dullest of rooms into masterpieces, no matter what the space layout and needs are. They also have their finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest or up and coming trends in home décor in Austin, so if you want your home interior to be a talking point, you can trust an interior designer for the job. 

Once you decide to hire an interior designer, however, you’ll have to choose one from the many companies and freelance designers out there. So how would you go about hiring the right designer for you? Don’t worry! Here are four questions that you can ask your designer before you sign on the dotted line to ensure you’re making the right choice!

How much experience do you have?

This may seem a bit obvious, but it’s vitally important that you have an idea of how long the designer has actually worked as a designer. Even if they have a killer website or an ad in the yellow pages, it doesn’t mean they are experienced. Ask to see their portfolio and any references they may have. You’re going to be making a considerable investment hiring them, so make sure they can provide you with confidence in their ability to fulfill your design needs.

Can you work to my design needs?

This follows on from question 1, but if you have an idea in mind that’s a little unique or you have an unusual property layout, it’s important that you know if the designer has taken on a similar project or at least been involved in one like yours. Some interior designers have a certain flair and style they work with best, and it's not always possible they’ll be able to work with what you're looking for and wanting. That doesn't make them a bad interior designer, just not suitable for the job you have in mind. For example, a designer may have years of experience designing clean and professional-looking commercial spaces, but who’s to say that they’d be a good fit to design your eclectic interior space as well?

What qualifications do you have?

If the designer claims that they are trained and qualified, just what’s their degree and where did it come from? These days, it’s possible for someone to get a degree online over a couple of days. Of course, these degrees don't amount to anything. They’re alright for DIYs, but certainly not for professional design work. This is why you should always entrust your interior design to someone professionally trained and qualified. Keep in mind, experience counts for a lot but in the absence of that, you may want to consider professional qualifications as a good starting point. The designer could be new to the industry but be very talented and their qualifications may back this up.

How do you charge?

Does the designer work on a flat fee or by cost-plus? If they work on a fixed-price contract, what do they include in their pricing? Do they charge travel expenses? If they charge on an hourly basis, how do they record their time and how can you verify the time you've been charged for? There are several ways a designer can bill you for the hours worked and the hours can add up pretty quickly if they aren’t watched, so make sure you understand their method, get a quote and get it in writing.

Keeping this list of questions handy will be helpful in your search and will land you a professional in interior design in Austin, TX, who will be able to beautify the look and feel of rooms and elevate the aesthetic appeal of the interiors.

Good luck with your project.


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About Spaces Designed Junior   Hi, I am Komal Sheth - Founder of Spaces Designed

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