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How to prepare for meeting with Interior Designer

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It is an exciting time when you know you’re about to change something for the better in you and your family’s lives. The impact the inside of your home or business can have on you and others, is immense. This, in part, is just one reason to prime yourself. The experience you will have by expecting what each step will be, is well worth it. Knowing how to prepare for meeting with interior designer, takes a little work before committing. Aside from liking their portfolio, you must feel a good connection with them. 

All great changes are preceded by chaos. – Deepak Chopra

Sites, like Pinterest, Google image search, and decorating blogs offer a great place to start. You can easily learn about different styles and interior design terms during your research. This will build confidence when conveying your thoughts to a professional.  Besides, it is fun to imagine how certain furnishings may look in your home or company office. 

I hope you’re ready! Let’s begin by reviewing the list below and seeing how much of it you can bring together. Good prep work will make sure you’re ready to face a new adventure ahead. So, on to the list of items you’ll need. I will break them down further, afterwards. 

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What you will need to get ready.

  • Original floor plans (if you have) in either pdf or DWG file format. 
  • Current pictures of the area or areas ready for redesign.
  • A written summary of which elements in the design process are most important to you. It should reflect those things you would like to change or keep, and why. 
  • Prepare a folder of Images of decors that resonate well with you. I suggest using Google and Pinterest to search for them.
  •  Provide a rough date of when you would you like to begin the design process. 
  • Let them know if you can temporarily move out of your home once renovation begins
  • If you live in a condominium or gated community, you need to provide work hours,  deposits required and copies of any paperwork your community or building requires the fit-out crew and designers to read, prior to work beginning.
  • Have a budget and remain in control of your spending for materials and furnishings, and building costs. You can also commit to an exact budget within the contract after viewing the material and furnishings you’ll use.

Life without Passion is void. – Interior Passion’s Director

Why should I prepare a List prior to looking for an Interior Design Company?

 You may think you can handle finding an interior architect or firm without preparing a list and you’d be correct in part. However, it will be more work for you without planning. Especially when you’re interviewing multiple firms.

   It’s best to construct a folder that is easy to reproduce for each interview. This will save you from wasting valuable time, daily frustration and spending money, without having a good plan in place. Besides, every team should ask you for these items during your free consultation period.

Why should you have original floor plans?

Having original floor plans can save you money for starters. If you live in a condominium or gated community that is less than 10 years old, they’re likely to have a copy of original layouts.  I would go directly to the building’s engineering office or the corporate office of the community developers to locate copies of the original plans. If you do not have original drawings, hire an Architect or Interior Design company to prepare them. This will help you with any future renovations, if you sell your home or business. In fact, the company you hire can do this for you. Note: Every company may have alternative ways in charging for original floor plans, so ask first.

 

Floor Plan of Corporate Office by Bangkok’s Interior Passion.

Why should you provide current pictures of your home?

It is essential to know what your home’s inner architecture and styling looks like. It helps us to visualize the steps needed to produce a theme or concept within your budget. After you hire a company, they must do a full and precise measurement of your decor space.

How do I prepare a project summary?

  By preparing a summary in advance, you will save yourself time during meetings. The summary should be backed up with images or videos, swatches of colors, magazine clippings, and materials, or anything else that can help create a picture for the final design rendering.  You will need to summarize those areas important to you if you want to avoid regrets. Keep in mind that all clients are different, So, it’s essential that decorators get a good mental picture of what areas are important to you. 

Why should a provide an approximate date I expect a finished design?

It depends on your situation. Some customers have busy schedules. They may need to move out during some or all of the renovation period, because of dust, noise, and chemicals used to strip or clean surfaces. Others may need to rent during such lengthy periods and that can be costly, adding to the final expenses. The designer you hired may have other projects scheduled for up to a year or more in advance. So it is better to have a rough idea of the time needed for complete the project.

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What type of paperwork do I need to supply a designer with?

If you live in an apartment, gated community, condominium or have a company office in a business building, you’ll probably be given a list of rules, and deposit amounts required by the building or community organization. There are requirements for builders to follow and scheduled times for construction noise. They’ll be given designated elevators or lifts to use. The deposits ensure that builders to not damage the building in any way when transporting tools and materials.

Why should I set a Budget before I begin Interior Design?

Designer’s by nature, love freedom to create and that could be costly if you do not set borders. It is better to have guides in place, so the designer does not stray too far from it. It’s also a constraint for those who have caviar taste on tight budgets. We’re all guilty of that occasionally.  If you are not knowledgeable about renovation costs, material and furnishings – Education comes quickly enough once the design process starts. 

Finale Thoughts. 

Often, teaching the client what to expect and what they need, falls to the interior architecture. It is difficult for most individuals to know where to start, or how to prepare for a meeting with an Interior Designer. The vast majority of people who use professionals to do their decors – do not do it that often.  So, it is understanding how little most people comprehend about the process. This is why I wrote this article, to take the guesswork out of the equation.  

   You’ll be happier you took the time to research and prepare for the interviewing period. It is stressful enough spending money and contemplating an outcome that matches with your hopes. Taking the time to put everything together in a cohesive package in important. It provides a good mental image of your needs, while creating a starting point for all those involved. It helps to foster better experiences along the way. It reduces the stress factor. You’ll have more time to listen, learn, and become part of the process whilst forming friendly bonds with all those involved. 

Share your personal experience with us in the comment section below. I welcome  questions you’d like help with, regarding preparation for Interior Design. Please leave a comment and share with others if you’ve found this article useful. I appreciate your time and visit to our Decorating Blog. Come back often! Happy holidays to all and may your 2020 New Year have joy, health and prosperity.