1. What is your budget?
Do you have a budget that meets your project’s needs? Do you have less than you need? Or you’re not sure how much you need for your project? An interior designer will be able to tell you if your budget is doable or not. If your budget is low, some designers are still willing to work with you. Just don’t expect to get everything that you may want due to a low budget.
2. What is the designer’s fee?
Designer’s fee structure varies a lot. Some charge by the hour, some use a flat rate or percentage of the project budget. For the e-design industry, they typically charge a flat rate per room.
E-design fees can range from $99 to a few thousand dollars per room. It depends on what type of services they provide.
3. What kind of design service do you need?
Full blown design services? Or just design consultant? Maybe just some design ideas or a little help with simple things like accessories? It’s something you need to consider before hiring an interior designer.
4. What’s the designer’s communication process?
Interior Designers usually communicate via phone calls, video, email and in-person meetings. For e-designers, they usually communicate via email and sometimes video.
5. What is your timeline?
When do you need to get your project done? Is it for an event happening in your home? For the holidays? Or are you expecting a baby soon? That is something you would need to discuss with an interior designer about your timeline. Supposedly, you’re in a rush and need to get things done as soon as possible like 1-2 weeks from now. You need to accept that some furniture won’t arrive for weeks or a few months from the purchase. If you need the project done fast, that would require gathering all items that are readily available in stores in order to get things done quickly and meet your deadline.
6. Does the designer offer post-install support?
Yes, but only if it’s related to items that arrived in poor condition, not what you expected or wasn’t manufactured properly. Whatever the issue is, the interior designer should take care of the situation for you. If something comes up that’s not related to the design, they will likely not provide you that post-project support for free. The designer would charge you for the additional services.
7. Are you ready to buy everything for your project now?
Do you want to do a phased approach to your purchases as you have money coming in or wait to buy everything at a later date? There is something you need to keep in mind – items may go out of stock and become unavailable while you wait to buy everything later. That is something you need to consider.
8. Where does the designer source items from?
It really depends. Designers usually gather items through trades and stores. For e-design, designers usually source items from vendors that have online stores. E-designers depend on online stores for pricing, product information, and the ability to ship to your area.
9. What is your style? What is the designer’s style?
There are so many different styles It is important for you to look through an interior designer’s past work portfolio to get an idea of what styles they work with. If you feel that designer’s style is a good match for you, then hire that designer! If you’re feeling a designers portfolio and their style don’t resonate with you then obviously, do not hire that designer to work with you.
10. Does the designer have testimonials?
If you’re unsure if a designer is reliable, trustworthy, and qualified, I suggest you look at these designers’ past client reviews where people share their experiences working with the designer.