Designing your home is an intimate endeavour that must be treated with the utmost care and attention to detail. In choosing and entrusting a home designer with this task, you have to ensure that it is a match made in heaven, or you risk countless headaches and wasting time down the road. Refrain from letting the burden of who to hire weigh you down. Hiring a designer should not be harder than figuring out what colour scheme to paint your living room and master bedroom. We put together a list to help guide you on how to go about interviewing potential home designers.
1. Ask the right questions
Asking the right questions can only be done after you figured out what are the right questions to determine if the candidate can fulfil your needs and expectations. You can ask questions that alleviate any doubts you have pertaining to the candidate’s level of expertise, or breadth of creativity. Before the interview, do not be afraid to come up with ideas for your home and show sketches or google images of what you have in mind during it. When doing this, ask them plain and straight if they are able to make the examples you find, happen for the home.
· How long have you been doing what you do? (try and find one that has been around for at least 10 years)
· What are the services you provide? May I see a portfolio of your work and references (many candidates will provide examples of past work without being asked. If they seem reluctant, tread with caution)
· How much time will it take you to plan, start, and finish the job?
· What is your communication style? Do you provide daily or weekly updates on progression?
· How do you charge for the services you provide? And how do you establish the budget for materials, labour and etc.?
· How do you handle hiccups and setbacks during a project?
2. Be straightforward and honest
Partially tying into the last point, getting to the point is vital in hiring the best match for your home project. When ideas and thoughts begin bouncing off the wall, and the candidate in front of you is eager, do not be afraid to slow the momentum and say you hate the colour blue or their idea for embroidered moulding. This honesty will help you stay on track and help the candidate learn your taste.
3. Do not get discouraged and compromise
Things take time, but the best things come to those who avoid settling and wait for what’s best. There is a home designer out there that can bring your vision to life. Simply be patient and never give up on searching on that perfect match.