Many businesses become anxious when looking for an interior design firm to hire because they want to be sure that the end product is satisfactory and that they do not waste their money. In order to prevent such disasters from happening, there are a few things to look for when hiring an interior design firm.
1. Referral or Recommendation
Because there are so many interior designers and firms out there, the best way to find a good one is to go by referral or recommendation. Ask other local businesses for recommendations of design firms to use or consult the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) online referral service. Design firms which do not have referrals may still be excellent designers, but if you go by referral you know for sure that their past clients have been satisfied with their work.
2. Level of Experience
Experience is very important when it comes to hiring an interior design firm. Not only do you want your firm to be familiar with the type of design you require (commercial, hospitality, residential) but they should also have experience working with a variety of design styles so that they are qualified to complete your project.
3. Willingness to Cooperate
When hiring any kind of professional it is important to establish how well such an individual will work with you as the client. When collecting referrals and recommendations you can ask about how willing the design firm was to work within the guidelines proposed by the client. The last thing you want is to hire a firm which disregards your instructions and leaves you with an expensive design with which you are dissatisfied.
4. Ability to Work Within a Budget
Most qualified firms are familiar with working under budget constraints, but you should be clear about your expectations when interviewing possible candidates. Ask about prior experience working with this type of budget and discuss the price range which you are willing to consider.
In addition to all of these factors, you should look for professionalism and enthusiasm in the interior designers you hire. Does this firm seem like they take deadlines seriously and are they excited about the work they do? Most of this information can be gleaned during your first meeting – if something does not feel right, follow your instincts and move on to the next candidate.