After several rounds of house hunting, you’ve finally found your ideal home. Now it’s all about getting the interior done exactly how you want it. Naturally, you engage an interior designer, exchange ideas and after going into the renovation phase, you realise that ideas are not done how you wanted and promises are not kept. So you fire the interior designer and work directly with the contractor, only to realise that you’ve opened a whole new can of worms to deal with.
If you’ve heard the above story before, then you know that it happens to new homeowners all the time. The problem in the story doesn’t lie with the interior designer nor the homeowner, it’s just that the two parties don’t match or can’t work together.
What ted iD suggests
First of all, try not to expect the interior designer to know what you’re thinking. If you don’t have a direction for him/ her to follow, then you guys should spend some time to work that part out first. An interior designer who starts work without solid directions, or promises packages that sound too good to be true will become a huge problem in the later stages.
Next, your interior designer should be managing expectations and informing you on what to expect after the planning stage. For instance, do you just want a design and blueprint then work with the contractor directly? Or do you want to bring in your own contractor and get the interior designer to work with him/ her? Or do you want the interior designer to handle the entire project while you receive occasional updates?
Lastly, set firm guidelines and stick with what’s agreed. If you think a quotation is higher than market price, feel free to check with the interior designer on why this is so. It might be because he/ she is handling everything for you, as compared to another designer who is simply drawing up a blueprint. This way, there’s less room for misunderstandings.
No two homes are exactly alike, and you deserve to make your home unique. Make it a point to find an interior designer you’re comfortable with, before committing to the next stage. Remember that a home is a place of habit and an extension of your personality. So if there’s a mismatch, we’re talking about imbalance for several years!
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