A Pleasant Experience
Are you intimidated by the prospect of hiring a designer to remodel your bathroom? Scared of being taken advantage of and not getting what you want? If you don’t have the “know how” or the time, a good interior designer can instill continuity, functionality and beauty in the space. Once you have established your budget, working with a designer can actually save you money because he or she will be able to allocate resources wisely thereby eliminating any decorating mistakes you might have made due to your lack of experience. Picking the right professional can, and should, be a pleasant experience. Let us show you how to select the right design expert in four simple steps.
1 – Do Your Homework
The Better Business Bureau, friends, family members are all good sources to start your search but don’t just rely on “here say” go and see for yourself what they have done or if you can’t, at least get pictures you can reference. Before even meeting with a prospective designer, create an idea book by collecting photos from magazines or online of washrooms that “strike your fancy” to give the consultant a place to start in creating a plan specifically for you. Another way to be prepared is to loosely decide upon a budget. Be realistic about what you are willing to spend on your project. Be conservative at first. Listen to his or her ideas, but never go against what’s in your heart.
2 – Get a Consultation
Before you commit get a consultation. An initial consultation with a qualified individual can put you on track and offer you the guiding principles for a successful project. Design is a creative, artistic expression that sometimes takes years to perfect, having someone that has weathered the storms can help you see the difference between a passing fad and an idea that will stand the test of time. A well-seasoned person can point out design and budget concerns that you may have overlooked and even call attention to simple low cost decorating solutions that may potentially have high impact in the end. Whether or not you chose to work with them, your takeaway will be a minimal investment with results that could be just the inspiration you are looking for.
3 – Communicate What You Want
Remember your designer’s goals are to please you, meet your needs and simplify your involvement in the process but he or she won’t be able to create the perfect bathroom for you unless they know your likes and dislikes. This is usually done through a series of exploratory questionnaires to discover your stylistic tendencies. A fresh pair of eyes can shed new light to the possibilities of the space that you may never have thought of before, helping you balance your objectives, functional needs and budget limitations. This being said, be wary of cookie cutter designers that try to push the latest design trend on you or unload the wares of a supplier that they get commission from. You should always have the final say in what can and can’t be done.
4 – Planning is Half the Battle
He or she will consult with you, devise a plan and manage the entire project scope; here experience, education and expertise of the designer are all factors that come into play. A true professional should screen your project with you at the initial meeting to be certain that you are a good match for one another. Get their fee structure right from the beginning to avoid any misunderstandings later on and always sign a letter of agreement so all parties know their roles/responsibilities and what can be done in case of unforeseen problems.
Finding the Right Design Professional
As an educated consumer, you need to do your due diligence before you give away your hard earned cash. While the worth of a professional designer is recognized by their valuable insight, you should also take into consideration not only their level of accessibility to products and services but also if they listen to your concerns, are punctual for meetings, and are willing to keep you up to date on the progress of the endeavour. These are all important criteria to be aware of when selecting the right professional for your project.