The signs are everywhere – warmer temperatures, melting snow piles and buds on trees: spring is finally here! After a long winter, you’re probably ready to get started on some home renovation projects. But hiring an interior design company isn’t easy – it’s a big investment and there are so many companies to choose from. We’ve compiled five questions that you should ask any interior design company you’re thinking about working with.
Where to Look
Your family and friends are a great referral source – ask them if they know of a good interior design or home renovation company. Getting a recommendation from someone you trust is a good start.
Next, check online. Google some local companies and check out their websites for the services they provide and a portfolio of their work. You’ll probably get a feel for how reputable they are from their company website.
What to Ask
Narrow your list down to the top three or four companies. Then contact each of them and arrange a face-to-face meeting, either at their design studio or at your home.
Here are five questions you should ask them, and how we’d answer them:
- How long have you been doing interior design?
Our two interior design experts, Sharon Brownhill and Jo-Anne Kupiec, have been involved in interior design for their whole careers and combine for more than 50 years of professional experience.
- What is the scope of work you’ll cover?
We’ll cover everything from beginning to end: the initial design, getting the necessary permits, buying all the materials and organizing the trades. You’ll only have one point of contact for the entire project.
- How long will the project take?
The length of a project varies depending on how big it is and what products and services are involved. At the beginning of the project we’ll provide you with a staged project timeline so you’ll know exactly when your dream living space will be finished.
- Can you provide references?
We almost insist on providing references, because we strive to leave each client gushing about what a great job we did. We’ll try and find current references that are as closely related to the type of project that you’re interested in.
- Do you provide warrantees or guarantees?
We guarantee that all our work will be to the highest standards and free of defects. The products we buy for our clients come with warrantees so there’s a problem with any of the products, you can deal with the manufacturer directly or we’d be happy to do it on your behalf.
Choosing the Right Interior Design Company
From the list of companies that you started with you’ll probably prefer one or two, and they’ll probably be so closely matched that you’ll have a tough time making the final decision.
Our advice is to go with the company that gives you the most comfortable feeling and that you feel the most trust for.
The Finishing Touches
There’s an abundance of choice when it comes to hiring an interior design company. In the end you’ll have a choice to make, but if you’ve been thorough throughout the process then chances are you’ll be happy with their work!
Design Excellence is a professional interior design company with decades of experience in delivering spectacular home and office renovation projects to our happy clients. If you’re looking for an interior design company to work with, check out our contact us page for the different ways you can reach us.
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About Design Excellence
Design Excellence is a full service interior design company providing a one-stop shopping experience for all your home and office renovation projects.
Designer Jo-Anne Kupiec brings decades of interior design experience and has many exceptionally happy clients. Check out our project portfolio to see some of the projects we’ve worked on, then get in touch and tell us about your dream renovation or redesign project!