How to Choose an Interior Designer
Moving anywhere means decorating and organizing a new home. Sometimes, fitting everything you own into that new space can be tough, and other times you may not have the time to figure it all out. When frustration over how to organize a new space hits, it might be a good idea to call in a professional interior designer.
If you Google ‘interior designer’ plus the name of your town, you’ll come up with a semi-massive list (in most cases) of designers. Is there a good way to choose a designer from that major list? Can you just pick one at random? More importantly, what should you look for in a good designer? Here are some tips to help you out from your movers in Fort Collins.
Figure Out the Scope of the Project: Major renovations require a designer that can easily work with contractors, understands project management, and has experience working with contractors during major renovations. This is not a project for someone that has never worked on a massive project before, but it’s perfect for someone that has extensive project management experience. You may even want to call an architect for this kind of job!
Payment Type: There are three different ways to pay interior designers. Some of these professionals work on a flat fee, others work on an hourly fee, and others work for free. A word of caution about a designer that works for free: these people are usually hired by specific companies to push certain products, so keep this in mind. If you love the products that one designer sells, go for free. If not, a flat rate might be a better way to pay depending on how much that rate is, and what’s included in the rate. Hourly rates are usually the most expensive way to pay for a designer, but you can set a budget at the start.
Do Your Own Research: Sometimes, designers can get good deals on things like carpet and materials, but other times designers add a markup to those items. It’s up to you to do your own research by looking at retail prices, and figuring out whether or not you’re getting a good deal. Sometimes, it might be better to buy those things on your own.
Meet With Each Designer: You don’t have to decide on one designer right away. Invite all potential candidates to come into your home and look around. Pay attention to suggestions, whether or not the designer is listening to you, and get a good feel for whether they understand what you want — or are more interested in their own designs and ideas. You’ll quickly see that some are self-absorbed, while others are in tune with what you really want.
What You Will Get
So, what can you expect to get from a high-priced designer? It will all begin with an initial consultation, which shouldn’t take more than an hour or two. After that, your designer may charge to shop for supplies, and to put things together in a room. Keep in mind that any time a designer consults with you, those hours or minutes will be billed too. Make sure that you communicate to the person you hire the level of involvement you wish to have in a project. Do you want to be a part of every decision, or do you want her to handle it completely? Do you need to touch things before you order them? Or, are you okay with picking things up online? Make sure to have these conversations before you hire any designer, so that you’re both on the same page. Often, this relationship is a close one, so pick someone that you trust, and choose someone that understands your design and style preferences.
Moving to Denver
If you are moving to the Denver area, you’ll find a lot of different designers in this city. But even if you aren’t moving to Denver, Exodus can help you move anywhere you want to go — even internationally. As movers in Fort Collins, CO, we know a thing or two about moving all kinds of items from one location to another. We can also hook you up with storage rental spaces in both Fort Collins and Denver, so that you can store anything you can’t bring with you.
Call us for a free moving quote that we will stick by. In the meantime, make sure to choose the designer that works best for you, and you’ll have a lovely space in no time!