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Hiring a home decorator – What you should know

Hiring a professional interior decorator aids you in transforming your home into a truly special living space. Unfortunately, the task of choosing and hiring a home decorator can be as daunting as doing the actual home decorating work themselves. By asking several key questions when interviewing interior designers, you can find the right person to give you the home decorating plan of your dreams.
Portfolio
Ask to see the interior designer’s portfolio. No other factor matters if you don’t like the person’s home decorating sensibilities. You may not see exactly what you envision for your home decorating in the portfolio, but if the general aesthetic suits your taste the interior designer should be able to come up with some ideas that will meet your needs. Be sure to ask if the photos in the home decorator portfolio are of rooms that the interior designer personally designed and not simply rooms that he or she assisted on.
Experience and Background
If you’re looking for a truly professional interior designer, you’ll want to know the extent of their professional experience. Perhaps professional experience is not important if you like the look of the person s work, but you will want to know the extent of the interior designer’s training and experience when it comes to determining fees. Obviously a professionally trained interior designer will be able to charge more than a hobbyist looking to branch out.
Certification
You may want to ask if your home decorator is state certified. Certification means that the home decorator will be completely familiar with building codes and general rules of design. Certified designers are generally also more experienced and will be able to complete your project more efficiently and with fewer mistakes.
Rates
Obviously, the question of payment must be discussed. Ask your potential decorator for a rough estimate, based on a general outline of your plans. Once you hire a home decorator, he will give you a more detailed and accurate estimate. Make sure you discuss what will happen if the interior designer ends up spending more than the agreed estimated price.

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