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Choosing the Right Interior Design Firm

When you know your home needs a makeover or remodel, it’s time to select an interior designer. Before you call one, however, you need to do some preliminary work so you choose the best designer for your project. Making a decision requires taking time to consider your resources, preferences, talking with various designers, and looking at their portfolios.

What is Your Interior Design Style?

Identifying your particular style and what kind of look you want for your space is critical to choosing the right designer. Designers specialise in certain styles, and working with one who does not often do the type of design that you are looking for can mean you end up with a design that is not quite what you wanted. However, experienced designers can often successfully adapt their signature styles to what you want.

Study up on different styles and designs to identify what appeals to you and your lifestyle. This can make the designer’s job much easier since you’ll be able to better articulate the look and feel you’re after.

Some types of interior design that you might want to think about include farmhouse, Scandinavian, nautical, industrial, mid-century modern, Bohemian, urban modern, and shabby chic in Singapore.

What is Your Renovation Budget?

The scope of your project is going to depend, in large part, on your budget. How much you want to spend determines which materials, furnishings, and how much renovation you can do. Your budget also determines which designers you can work with. Some Singapore designers charge by the hour, and others set a fixed fee. Some may charge based on specifically what services you need. A good design business offers their customers several options and can work with those with all sizes of budgets.

How Do You Prepare for the Consultation with the Interior Design Firm?

When you’ve selected a few firms you might want to work with, set up a consultation appointment. These are often sessions with no charge, but clarify that when you call to set up the appointment so that there are no unpleasant surprises.

During the consultation, you can present your ideas for the styles you’re interested in and get the expert opinion of the designer about which would best suit your space. Each designer should offer advice based on your style preferences, your space, your lifestyle, and your budget so that you have a concrete idea of what your space could look like and what it will cost to achieve that look.

How Do You Compare Between Interior Designers?

Besides experience, budget, style expertise, and personality, your designer will offer you a visual design of what your space would look like after the update is complete. From home, you can compare the visual proposals of each designer to help you narrow down which one you would like to work with. In the end, you need to be happy with the design of whichever designer you choose, and comparing visual proposals is the best way to do that.

Designers should also use high-quality materials and contractors. You want to avoid having to have costly repairs done soon after your project is complete. Materials should be durable and last a considerable length of time. The contractors should also be experienced and professional. Talking with others who have had work done by the company is one way to find out about the quality of materials and the professionalism and abilities of contractors.

Another aspect you should consider is whether the designer has in-house carpentry capabilities right here in Singapore. If the work for your project does not have to be outsourced to Malaysia or another country, it decreases the amount of time you have to wait for project to be completed. An added benefit of using a company that has in-house carpentry capabilities is that it supports local businesses.

Why Should You Compare ID Portfolios?

After you’ve narrowed down your choices to a few designers, you should look at their portfolios that match the style you want. This will help you see which designers you would likely prefer to work with. Look at their portfolios to try to imagine yourself in the spaces they created.

Additionally, you should work with experienced designers to avoid having any damage or low-quality work done in your home. If you work with a firm, ask that they send only an experienced designer to your home. Request samples from previous work, go to their showroom to see examples, or visit a demonstration flat so you can compare their work directly.

How Do You Make the Final Selection?

After you’ve checked out each designer’s fees, portfolios, visual proposals, and met with them all, it’s time to make a list of pros and cons. Consider quality of their work, whether you think your taste and their work are a good fit, budget, professionalism, and their visual proposals in your ultimate decision. Remember that going with the least expensive option is not always the best choice.

Also, work with someone who has been recommended to you personally from someone you trust, or who has good reviews and references. Ask about their experience with the designer’s post-sales service to correct any problems. A reputable company should consider pre-sales and post-sales service equally important.

What about a Contract?

After you’ve decided who you want to work with, it’s time to hammer out the details of your designer-client relationship in writing in the form of a contract. The contract should spell out responsibilities, timeline, your specifications, budgetary constraints, and anything else that is pertinent to your project. Read through the contract carefully before you sign it and before you pay any deposit or full amount of the project.

At the end of the day, you’ll know you made the right choice of a contractor when you look at the space and smile because you like the end result. You should feel at home and satisfied that your money and time were well-spent.

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