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Home Decorator

Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Interior Design Service

January 2014

When hiring and working with an Home Decorator, every homeowner needs to know: What services does an Home Decorator commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Home Decorator? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Interior Design Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Home Decorator - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Interior Design Service at a fair price?Find an Home Decorator that (i) has recently provided good work to someone you trust and (ii) passes a background services screening test. Compile a COMPLETE, detailed list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have the Home Decorator prepare a "not to exceed" estimate. Agree on the final price, sign a complete written agreement (see below) before any work begins.
What should I expect to pay for Interior Design Service?Most Interior Design Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for an Home Decorator ranges from $48 to $71. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Home Decorator.
Do I need to use a licensed Home Decorator for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?A professional Home Decorator must be licensed to provide most Interior Design Services. To check an Home Decorator's license status, search the telephone directory or online for your state's professional license board or department. Contact the licensing authority to verify license standing and history for the business and individual.
Should I use an insured Home Decorator for my project?Insurance is usually not required for or needed for Interior Design Service.
Does my Home Decorator need to be bonded?A bond is generally not required for Interior Design Service.

Home Decorator - Services

An Home Decorator can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common Interior Design Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:

Home Decorator - Finding and Hiring

Not every Home Decorator has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding an Home Decorator matched to the specific requirements of your job - not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence. Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Home Decorator to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Home Decorator - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with an Home Decorator. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Home Decorator. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Home Decorator's standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:

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