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Interior Designer

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

January 2014

When hiring and working with an Interior Designer, every homeowner needs to know: What services does an Interior Designer commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Interior Designer? 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.

Interior Designer - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Interior Design Service at a fair price?First, decide on ALL product / service options. Compile a list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have at least 2 qualified pros complete detailed bids on the work. Use a written contract that ties payment to verifyable results. Download the Interior Designer Hiring Guide for step-by-step details.
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 Interior Designer ranges from $67 to $100. 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 Interior Designer.
Do I need to use a licensed Interior Designer for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?You should use a licensed Interior Designer for any work that exceeds $500. To check an Interior Designer's license status, search the telephone directory or online for your state's professional license board or department. Contact the licensing authority to check license status and history by the name of the business or individual.
Should I use an insured Interior Designer for my project?Your Interior Designer should carry adequate liability insurance for work related damages. Your Interior Designer should also have workman's compensation insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Interior Designer need to be bonded?A bond is generally not required for Interior Design Service.

Interior Designer - Services

An Interior Designer 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:

Interior Designer - Finding and Hiring

Not every Interior Designer 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 Interior Designer 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 Interior Designer to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Interior Designer - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

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

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Interior Designer Hiring Guide

How to hire an Interior Designer

Use this notebook ready hiring guide to:

  • Find & hire great help
  • Get fair, complete bids
  • Get quality work
  • Make a strong contract

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