Interior design in Singapore is not something you can do so easily on your own. Sure, you can true. But, you likely won’t be able to do as good of a job as that of a professional. Not to mention, you’d probably end up spending a lot more time and money, often to fix mistakes, and sometimes, from choosing a material that’s either too expensive or not fit for your ideal sign, just because you chose to do it on your own.
For these very reasons (and more), it makes sense to hire an interior designer. However, how do you choose one? How do you know that you’re getting an interior designer that will give you your money’s worth and not just someone who’s after your money?
Below, we’ll provide you with tips that will help you choose an interior designer will work with you and make your design dreams come true.
1. Be Upfront and Honest
Don’t beat around the bush. Tell the interior designer if you already have a home makeover idea yourself and just want to polish it up and place the orders, or if you want someone to work together with you to build and create something.
There are merits to both, and neither is wrong. What is wrong is not setting the right expectations.
2. Reveal your Budget
Speaking about honesty, do reveal your budget as soon as possible. It’s much easier for designers to work within your budget if they know what your budget is in the first place. With that said, make sure that you temper your expectations.
While interior designers will try their best to make the most out of your budget, they can’t exactly produce something that’s far higher than what your budget would entail.
3. Ask for their Initial Design and Thought Process
How the interior designer approaches the design is very crucial to the outcome. It’s important that the two of you are on the same page. If not, then that’s a huge red flag, and you might want to consider looking for other designers instead.
When interviewing, ask for what they believe is best for your room and your budget, and how they plan on meeting your expectations or demands. Although you should let the designer do their job, coming to the same terms and having chemistry is important. If you don’t have that, then the results may not be what you want, and you’ll walk away dissatisfied with the designer’s work.
4. Make Sure That They’re Well Connected
Most cities or countries have professional organisations where licensed interior designers are listed. Look them up and see which ones are closest to your area. Afterwards, ask for references, and make sure to double-check.
Even if most interior designers are well connected within the industry, the best have access to resources that only a few have, and thus, will be able to do a much better job – and often for a much lower price.
Finally, hire someone that you have total confidence in. If you feel iffy and do not trust the interior designer, then there’s no harm in hiring a different one. Often, the best interior design ideas and results come from hiring someone who you trust more than yourself.