There is no doubt that a good interior stylish can bring the best in your home, as well as helping you to avoid costly remodeling mistakes. This means that if you have a dream project, then there is probably a design professional who can make it a reality. According to a statistic by HomeAdvisor.com, many homeowners spend between $1,800 to $8,500 to hire a professional interior designer or decorator, and for the decorations. It is important to note that there are some homeowners who have spent far less.
Remember, the amount does also include material and construction purchases. However, choosing a good interior designer can be a challenging task. As the client, you are looking for the best within your budget; because you will have to live with the results for a long time. This leaves no room for mistakes. With this in mind, it is up to you to find a professional designer within your budget for the job. Below are a few tips that will help you find the best:
1. Sizing Your Project
It does not matter if you are planning to remodel one room, two room, or simply planning a major home improvement project that may affect your wiring, room layout, and plumbing, one thing is clear; you will need help. This means that for you to find the right professional, you will have to know the scope of the job. It is important to note that designers are particularly trained for bigger jobs. They have not only gone to school but know the trade of their profession. In other words, they know what is needed to make the job successful and have credentials from organizations like The American Society Of Interior Designers.
The interior designer will help you pick the right color, fabric, and even furniture depending on what you are looking to achieve. They are also able to oversee large renovation projects. Therefore, knowing the size of your project will help you choose a professional within your budget. This can be achieved through estimation, and knowing exactly what you want.
After this, the interior designer will help you put everything together with ease. The best fit is a small home decoration project which is relatively easy to perform, unlike large projects. This is because small home projects mainly involve selecting and changing the color arrangement or choosing a few types of furniture that will enhance a certain look or feel.
2. Gather Design Ideas
The first thing a designer will want to know is your vision or your aim. To make the work easy you can start by showing examples of a finished project you like or even examples of fabric and color you want. With such information, the professional can quickly create a picture or develop a sense of the style you want. This technique does not only help minimize the overall cost but also enable you to work within your budget.
3. Check References And Referrals
To get the best professional, it is wise to have a list of names of skilled local stylists from real estate agents, friends, family, colleagues, and even through neighbors. Remember, this list should also include names from your research online and even ASID’s online membership directory. With a few names in hand, it will make it easy for you to do your research. In other words, you will have the power to perform targeted research rather than generalized research.
The things to look for when doing your research are online portfolio and references. Do not rush through the whole process, but take time to go through each review, and even contact past clients. It is also important to ensure that the professional has all the necessary licenses. Check the ASID state regulations page or Secretary of State Branch Office to find out the licenses needed.
4. Communicating Your Budget
The size does not matter; it is wise to let the interior designer know your budget. This does help them stay within the budget. You should let the designer know this upfront. In other words, before starting on the project, let the designer know upfront the amount you are willing to spend. This is also a good time to speak about the amount the designer wants to be paid. A majority of interior designers charge an hourly fee of about $50 to $200 per hour. The fees may include consultation fees, and time consumed buying resources for the homeowner. There are some professionals who will mark-up the price of any purchases they make on your behalf to cover the cost of their time.
By knowing the cost of everything, you will be in a better position to know if the project is within your budget.