“You're in it to win it!” So, where do you start? Hiring the right professional design team has huge benefits. The right design firm can turn your wants into a cohesive vision, save you time on picking out each individual piece, save you money thanks to their systematic and timely methodology as well as access to huge trade discounts, and ensure that your space is both aesthetic and functional.
Yet, to have your vision realized and completely transform your space, you must ensure to pick the right design firm (the first time). Below are three key factors to determine which design firm is best for you.
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Before you start hunting for designers, it is helpful to determine your goals and budget beforehand. Some designers charge hourly while others offer packages (a fixed fee).
If you have a smaller project in mind or want to hire a professional for guidance only (without a solid, well-thought-out plan) on a particular space, then hourly may be your best bet.
Packages are more appropriate for clients who want to tackle a larger project that incorporates elements like:
If that's got you nodding your head in agreement, then you will want to hire a designer who offers a systematic plan that will equip you with as many visual aids as possible to make the right choices for the best possible outcome. Not only will these tools help you get your project done right the first time, but they will also serve as proper communication tools for smoother construction and architectural implementation.*
*IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO HIRE A DESIGN FIRM BEFORE YOU HIRE AN ARCHITECT AND CONTRACTOR SO THAT EVERYONE WORKING ON THE PROJECT ARE WORKING IN TANDEM.
The psychology of the designer/client relationship shifts with package offerings because the focus of the project becomes more rooted in providing a plan with results rather than a “let's see how this goes” attitude. If you're a “results driven person”, you'll want to hire a design firm with the same mindset.
Professional designers will help you create an appropriate budget for your project, but it is helpful to have an idea of how much you would like to invest in the project. Designers are resourceful, but they are not magicians. As a general rule, your expectations for the project should be equivalent with the size of your budget (don’t expect the “wow factor” to come out of a shoestring budget). Setting an initial budget and identifying your ideal pricing structure will help you narrow the list of choices from the beginning.