Prepare For Your First Meeting

So you’ve finally taken the first step and called an Interior Designer to discuss your needs and wants. Here’s what you should do to get ready for that first meeting:

(1) Gather images of what you’d like your home to look like – An interior designer is not a mind reader and will not create a design based on a scarf or a painting, despite what you see in those TV design shows. Pictures of interiors, furniture and colors work best and having a whole bunch of them is even better.

(2) Check out the interior designer’s portfolio online – Check out the capabilities of the interior designer that you’re about to meet before (not during) the meeting itself. That way, you can decide whether it’s even worth meeting this person in the first place. Go online and see what this person can do and to get a sense of whether this person can bring your vision to life or not.

(3) Know how much you’re willing to spend and discuss what can be done with your budget – Don’t use the meeting to pick their brains on what stores to go to and what type of finishes to use. This is not what the initial meeting is for. The first meeting will simply help to establish whether your temperament and working styles match, whether you are OK with their process and how much they charge. Interior designers charge differently and it could be hourly, cost-plus, percentage or a flat rate depending on their level of experience, how their company is set up and the size and complexity of the project.

(4) Ask about project management - They may or may not offer project management services so inquire about this as well. They will probably have several general contractors – or project managers – to recommend to help you with your planned renovation.

 

 

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