How to Choose the Right Interior Designer and Decorators Company?
When it comes to choosing the right interior decorator company, there are a few things that cannot be ignored. The first thing is that you should know the kind of style that you are looking for in this particular regard. This is something that you need to be clear of even before you have started interviewing such designers. It could be that you do not have all the details in this regard, to begin with. In that case, you should devote some time and check out a few websites. You must know what kind of style you prefer as that would help you select the right person for the work.
There are lots of designers who have their styles. Once you decide and benchmark and are clear on the deliverables, please devote enough time to the decision making. Thereon, trust your decision and trust your professional. He/she should be able to do what you are asking her or him to do.
Checking out portfolios/Body of work
When you are looking for the best interior decorator company you must always check out a few portfolios. Actual images will give you insights on finished products. 3Ds might be wonderful but design lies in details of execution! Checking out the kind of work that they have already done allows you to know more about the designers. Just see their creations. Try and imagine if you would be able to spend your life in such spaces there or not.
Having a Clearbudget
When starting work, it is very difficult to arrive upon an interiors budget. By thumb rule, the interiors cost might be around 10-15% of your home value. If that number is not valued, then interiors budgets in Mumbai are between Rs. 1000- Rs. 3000 per sq ft. If there is a lot of civil work or you are going for luxury finishing, Rs. 4000 to Rs. 10,000 per sq ft might be a range.
Do take time to arrive upon a realistic budget especially when a designer is involved so that you can get a designer look and not basic functionality.
This is also important in the context of getting the right interior decorator company for your home or your office. You should know the amount of money that you would be able to spare for such work. In some cases, you would see that designers have fixed/Project percentage fees for their services. In other cases, they may charge by the hour. This is an important factor when it comes to deciding from various candidates. It helps you narrow down the choices that you have.
Meeting the designers
Designing for your preferences is an interactive process. Have you created a shortlist of the companies that you want to work with? In that case, you need to meet the designers personally so that you can choose the best interior decorator company for your needs. You will need to be in constant touch with the shortlisted persons and so their ideas, interface and responsiveness should be at your wavelength.
Make sure you are benchmarking apples to apples. A contractor costing might be different from a contractor costing with warranty and is certainly different from a design build company. The product qualities are different and the end product is different. A common mistake is to equalize the prices.
When you are meeting such a professional you should ask as many questions, so as to clarify and make apple to apple comparisons.
You can always ask the interior decorator company questions on areas such as the following:
- Product descriptions: what materials, what quality, what sizes
- Cost inclusions and exclusions
- services provided
- tenure of project
The best thing that you can do in such a situation is to think of all these questions and put them down on paper and create a matrix/table for all shortlisted persons. This will make sure that you do not forget any questions. It is also important that you have an open mind in this regard.
Open mindedness is especially important in today’s age where companies are trying to improve the past processes. Insisting on certain type of boqs or rate lists or insisting on other person processes may not be always beneficial. Take time to understand what benefits you are getting in different company offerings.