4 Quick Questions You Should Ask Your ID
If putting together your new home is likened to getting a car going, then the interior designer is the driver. He is the key figure responsible for communicating with you and the contractor, creating designs that work and driving the progress and successful completion of the project.
Since you’re spending a considerable sum of money getting this essential person to work for you, you want to get one who is reliable and delivers his promises.
Of course, you also want to employ someone who’s able to work well together like a friend. Before signing on the dotted line, here are some things you should ask yourself about the ID first!
Portfolio or Pay First?
Here’s a red flag – does your intended ID show you some of his works or potential ideas for your home? Or does he insist on receiving a deposit first before starting work? Does a search online reveal nothing about his business, nor supply you with any customer reviews?
The usual industry practice is that IDs will pass you his portfolio to review before you decide to engage him. That way, you have an understanding of his style and whether he will be able to give you what you want.
His portfolio should also have a substantial number of professionally photographed projects. It should not show only a few that at one glance, you can tell were not taken properly.
If he only asks for a deposit before anything else, he may be hiding shoddy work or poor reviews. If you’re unsure, it’d be best to stay away.
Does He Charge Reasonably?
Money is definitely a concern since ID services don’t come cheap. Strike a balance between being overly expensive and affordable. An ID quoting well above the market rate may put strain on your budget, and an ID quoting below it may offer poor services or cut corners.
Don’t focus purely on getting the lowest cost ID, but one who quotes reasonably and is credible. Remember that due diligence is of utmost importance to know whether you are over or underpaying.
Good things don’t come cheap, and you should expect the same vice versa.
Never assume anything. It may be tedious but penning down everything in black and white helps prevent misunderstandings while protecting yourself. If your ID says he will deliver something, make sure it’s clearly detailed.
Simply making verbal agreements are insufficient as well. You wouldn’t want to encounter an ID overpromising and failing to deliver. Designers who are willing to document everything down will be more trustable as well.
Don’t fear voicing out any questions you have, or anything you’re unsure of. It’s much better to get it all sorted out clearly instead of dealing with a huge mess after.
Knowledge and Understanding
Your ID should have a wide knowledge and firm grasp on design basics. Discuss and let your ID know everything you envision for your new home. Tell him about your lifestyle, your wants and needs, and how you prefer your space to be used.
He should be able to understand and come up with the relevant design concepts that best suit you.