What Should You Prepare for When Hiring a Designer?

What Should You Prepare for When Hiring a Designer?

In the past, we talked about the things you should look for when hiring a designer. This time we are going to go over all the things you need in order to be prepared for your initial consult. When you have your meeting with your designer, he or she will have questions to ask you to get an idea about the scope of your project. Let’s go over a few of these questions.

1. What Is Your Budget?

Having a budget ready for your designer is helpful to them so they are able to come up with a plan and tell you what they can and can’t provide for you. If you have trouble coming up with a budget don’t be afraid to ask your designer for help. 

2. What Do You Want To Keep?

If there is any furniture or pieces that you would like to keep, make sure you let your designer know. They can work around that and make sure the new design allows for those pieces to fit in.

3. What Is Your Style?

If you aren’t quite sure how to categorize your style, go online and look some styles up. HGTV has a short quiz that will help you decide and the Designer Society of America has a great quiz as well. Pinterest can also be a huge help, which leads to the next question. 

4. Do You Have Pinterest?

This question may seem funny, but having a Pinterest page of schemes you like can help your designer have a better understanding of your vision and design style. If you don’t have one, consider making one to create boards for the rooms you plan to remodel.  

5. What Do You Like/Don’t Like?

This will help your designer narrow down the best scheme for your space. If you really hate the color green and the use of gold finishes but love the look of glass and metal together that is really important to know before starting the design process. This will prevent your designer from taking the time to come up with a design that you will not like, causing them to go back to the drawing board and start all over and delaying the process.

6. What Are You Looking To Get Out Of This Process?

This last question is probably the most important one. Aesthetics are always imperative to design, but the functionality of the space always comes before that. Letting your designer know that you would really like to have a beautiful chandelier in your dining room but more importantly, you need more cabinet and storage space in your kitchen, will help him/her find the best solutions in order to give you what you want and need.

Don’t stress about preparing too much for your meeting because any interior designers in Avalon, NJ should be willing to help you along the way to figure out what is most important to the redesign of your space. If you are thinking about starting a project feel free to give me a call to set up a consultation, I would love to provide the help you need to love your home.