Hiring an interior designer is an expensive endeavor, but the process is crucial to the overall quality of the home.
And it’s not all about the money.
There’s a lot of other factors that go into a home, too, and it’s always a good idea to ask questions of your interior designer, said Dan Mottram, a senior vice president with the Home Designers Association of America, the professional body that represents the interior design industry.
“The key is, what do you know about it?” said Mottrams partner, Stephen Cawley.
If you have a strong grasp of what it means to have a well-designed home, then you’re more likely to find a great fit.
And, if you’re not sure, it’s worth checking out the contract terms to find out if you qualify.
A home’s interior design is a complex matter, but there are a few basics you should know.
Here are some of the most important factors to consider when you’re hiring an interior design contractor.
The first is the design budget.
How much money should you spend on your project?
There are a variety of different types of interior designs, and different styles can have different budgets.
A good rule of thumb is to spend no more than 20 percent of the total cost of the project.
That’s what you should expect to spend on the first year, Mottrum said.
If your budget is in the $500,000 range, you might be able to save a few hundred thousand dollars by taking on one design a year.
If, however, you’re spending more than $1 million, you’ll need to invest in a larger design, or a full-time designer, to keep pace with demand.
For a home that’s $500 to $1 billion, you need to spend at least $1.5 million, Mowter said.
And the bigger the project, the more time you need between projects to make sure the final product fits the home’s design.
The second important factor is the project manager.
An interior designer should be able see through the client’s design and be able tell whether the project is good for the property and the home, said Mow, the HDA president.
A project manager must also have an extensive knowledge of the design process.
That means they know how to do an interior, Mows advice is to know the best techniques, such as a good design guide, and then figure out how to apply them.
And they must have the experience to work in the real world.
The third important factor in choosing a project manager is how much time they’re willing to spend.
Mow said, in general, the less time you have between projects, the better, because a project can take months to complete.
“They should have an ability to handle large projects and be flexible and able to adjust,” he said.
“But they also need to be able [to] be accountable.”
A project that’s in the first few years of a home’s life is going to have to pay for itself.
If it’s a project that costs $50,000, the owner can pay the designer $20,000 in design fees for every $1 he spends on the home design.
But the project won’t last forever, so the buyer should pay for the project and maintain the quality of it, Mowers advice is that if the buyer can afford it, they can afford to pay the consultant.
But even if you don’t need the full amount, a project like a new kitchen will have to have at least two full-timers on staff to do the work, and the consultant will have at most one full-timer on staff, Mower said.
That said, if the project has a fixed price, a $50 million project can be built with the cost of a typical house.
And a project in the second or third year of a property could be completed with a little more than a third of that, Mettram said.
What about the contractor?
There’s always the question of whether or not you should pay the contractor for your time.
The contractor should be in a position to work with you on a project and not just take money from you, said Cawly, the D.C.A. president.
But if you hire an interior and it takes at least one full week per month for the contractor to work on it, that can mean more time for the design and the finishing, Moutram said, but not as much time for you.
A contractor who doesn’t have a full time staff member can often do some of that work for you, he said, by working with your design team.
A contract that includes a project management fee is a good deal for you and your clients, Cawleys advice is, be sure to negotiate.
“It’s important to keep in mind that