To all of us who have houses (rent/bought) we all want the best for it, the place where we
live does speak a lot about who we are, and i also mean the college students who live in dorms. your house or your living space is an extension of your personality. it speaks a lot about you as a person. so given a chance who wouldn’t love to hire a professional to make it look awesome, make this space that we call an extension of our personalities resemble one of those that can be featured in some home design magazine of sorts.
now in order to achieve this breathtaking result, one may think of hiring a professional (read:interior designer/decorator) to make this dream a reality. Now you may see ‘n’ number of sites explaining/guiding you, as to what is the best way to know the most about the designer you are planning to hire. how to understand their fee structure, their way of handling the projects and all in all how to get the most out of this professional who is gonna handle your space, your home in the budget you provide them and they agree on. they will tell you every way in which you can make your every penny count in this endeavor.
But, having been through most of these sites on my own and being a designer myself what baffles me is that people ignore the very fact about how to treat your designer right
Now just like you, your designer is no wizard he/she is very much human. so if you are hiring 1 please bare in mind some of these points.
1. A designer is a human being
2. They have more creative ideas than you, as dealing with home renovations/repairs/budgets etc is part and parcel of their everyday job. that is what you are hiring them for in the 1st place
3. Discuss every minute detail about your requirements with them. say you want a large master bathroom but the 1 you have currently is not big enough, let them know what you want very precisely, the more you share about all your needs related to your house the better the service they can provide . This way they can give u a clear idea whether what you are asking for is feasible or not
4. The more you speak and the more clearly you do the easier it is for them to form a design. Always remember it is your house and you are letting a complete stranger do it up for you. he/she has no clue of your requirements till u don’t let them know. its like ordering food outside and not letting the steward know of your food allergies, if you get sick on eating such food whose fault will it be.
5.I once had this client who wanted to knock of most of the walls in her house, break her full kitchen and remake her 3 1/2 BHK from scratch. now off course its very much possible. whats the problem in that . none except the fact that she wanted it done in a budget of 3,00,000-6,00,000 Rs. now in that much money, realistically speaking what i can manage are just 2 of her bathrooms, max. when i gave her the real costing she was no more interested in my services. moral of the story: please do have a realistic budget, having a budget is just as important as having a realistic 1. try and do some research on your own if you have no idea what so ever, about cost of interior jobs.
6. The Time: if you plan to get your house renovated and designed in the best possible manner, you have to take into account the amount of time that would be spent on the same. Now designers don’t live in harry potter universe where a wand can do miracles. we are simple folks who just like you will require realistic time in order to give you the best return for your money.
7. Ask questions: very important, the more you interact with your designer regarding design details, budget etc the easier it is for the designer to come up with the best possible solution for your house.
8. if you feel you want to, do go material shopping with them. but word of advice, just like too much interference of anyone in your work will put you off, the same rules apply to us. u have trusted us with your house and have approved of the designs then you must know that the materials we will be using for your space will be the one which will suit your design needs the best.
9. DO NOT think that every designer out there is just waiting to rip you off your money. remember just like any other business, designing business also depends on customer satisfaction and your comments at the end of the day regarding our work can make or break our careers. so your happiness matters the most to any designer out there who wants to stay in the business for long.
10. yes it is a fact, even the most tightly held budget will break once the work starts, it would be very advisable that you keep your budget a little flexible for your own good. by this i dont mean that a budget of 20,00,000 rs. should extend to 40,00,000 that would be wrong on the part of the designer.
11. just like the budget a good designer will also keep you flexible when it comes to duration of the project. this is done so that the designer can take care of any and every possible delay that may come in the way of completion of the project.
so these are the few very important points to keep in mind when hiring an interior designer. hope they help you in TREATING YOUR DESIGNER RIGHT.