How to Prepare Before Hiring a Designer

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Taking the step to hire a designer for your project is an exciting but big decision. By choosing the right designer, you’re choosing a more seamless design process. So how do you know if a designer is right for you and your project? We’ve put together the following tips to help you prepare to find the perfect designer.

Your Budget

Before bringing a designer into the picture, take the time to determine a budget that works for you. It can be easy to have ideas for design that are outside of your price range, so it’s important to stick to your budget as well as be upfront from the beginning with your designer about what you’re willing to spend. The design process will happen much more smoothly if both you and your designer are on the same page financially.

Find Designs That Inspire You

Different designers have different design styles. While you may not know exactly what you want your space to look like, you should gather fabrics, textures, color swatches or photos of designs you like. Creating a Pinterest board of design inspiration is a great way to put the designs that speak to you all in one place. From there, you can research designers that have similar design styles to your preferences.

Creating a Pinterest board of design inspiration is a great way to put the designs that speak to you all in one place.

Your Timeframe

Designs take time, and the process typically lasts longer than initial time estimates. Depending on how quickly you want your design project completed, some designers may not have the bandwidth to finish everything when you need it. Similar to bringing up budget before the design process starts, the sooner your potential designer knows your time estimate, the easier the design process will be.

How Much Space You Have

You don’t necessarily have to have exact measurements of the space you want designed, but you do need an idea of how much space the designer will be working with. Do you want one room designed? An entire office building? Not all designers have experience with a complete home or building renovation, so understanding the scope of your project can help you choose a designer that has the appropriate level of experience to take on your project.

With the right research and an idea of your design vision, you will be setting both yourself and your potential designer up for success.