5 Most Important Things When Hiring An Interior Designer
In a nutshell, don't sign on the dotted line without this checklist.
Never assume that an interior designer will always provide quality workmanship, or that you will always receive an adequate amount of after sales service, or that your project will be completed on time …
In fact, assumptions like these are often what cause homeowners to get into disputes with their renovators.
So forget everything you’ve ever read: here’s a list of what we think should be on every homeowner’s checklist when choosing an interior designer.
- Is It Financially Stable Enough To Complete Your Project?
Most interior design firms only tend to become financially stable if they have attracted enough clients. Hence, look for a company which is working on at least 10 projects a year.
- Does It Have Enough Experience?
It is nearly impossible for companies with bad business practices to stay competitive. Therefore, look for a company with at least 5 years of experience in the renovation industry.
- Has It Done Genuinely Good Work?
A reputable company will have generated goodwill which resulted in positive reviews from past clients, enthusiastic word of mouth recommendations, and general recognition in the form of industry partnerships – so look for all these markers of a great reputation.
- Does It Have Any Licenses And Accreditations?
Out of the 4699 registered renovation companies in 2014, only 35 attained the CaseTrust-RMCA Accredited Renovation Business, whilst only about half of that number are valid HDB license holders.
Only so few have the accreditation, because not only is getting it difficult, each company must also adopt good and transparent business practices, provide proof of their suppliers’ good quality and work processes, and open up their financial records for auditing.
If your interior designer has done these, then it has all but given you the assurance of good businesses practices, and proves that they care about earning your trust.
- Will It Purchase A Performance Bond On Your Deposit?
Renovation companies can close down, or go bankrupt.
If your interior designer has CaseTrust-RMCA accreditation, your all-important home renovation deposit will be insured by an external insurance party. If anything happens to the company, the insurers will give you your deposit back.
If you have all the above, now, armed with peace of mind, you can finally afford to think about other factors, like the firm’s creative portfolio, affordability, and whether your master bedroom should be painted mauve or peach…
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