07 Mar Finding an Interior Designer You Can Trust
We get it, the idea of a redesign or renovation can feel daunting. It’s an investment in one of the most important assets in your life: your home, so you need to get it right. The first step is to find a designer whose abilities and standards align with your goals. But how, you ask? Below we break out 5 tips for finding a designer who can fulfill their promises.
1) Review Their Past Performance
In this digital age, it is easy to do some preliminary research by reading Google reviews or those on platforms such as Houzz or Pinterest, as well as testimonials on the interior designers’ website. Their portfolio should reflect successful outcomes of previous work.
We are honored to have been awarded a Best of Houzz award for Service for the 11th consecutive year. In 2023 we have also been awarded Best of Houzz for Design for the 6th time. These awards recognize the trust we’ve built with our clients to provide the highest level of service and design acumen.
2) Look For Those Who are Licensed and Insured
Your interior designer needs to have both credentials in place for the state they are working in—it’s vital for the protection of both you and your home.
3) Identify a Pattern of Good Communication
Good communication is the key to a successful result. You want a designer who is both responsive and an active listener. Nobody wants to be left hanging or wondering if their designer truly understands their vision.
4) Professional Relationships are Good Indicators
Affiliations with organizations such as ASID, IDS, NCIDQ signal a high caliber level of service. Look for these amongst the interior designer’s credentials. Further, if your concerns are environmental, look for LEED certification. Your designer will have a familiarity with best practices in green building design, even if you are not planning on seeking LEED certification for your project.
5) Always Listen to Your Gut
You should have confidence in a designer’s abilities and practice. If there are any doubts, don’t ignore those feelings. Here’s what can happen when you don’t!
Here at down2earth Interior Design we’ve been fortunate to receive referrals from local real estate agents, vendors we frequent, as well as previous clients. All are greatly appreciated. Consider asking around amongst others whose standards are like yours, and whom you personally trust.
We’d love to have the opportunity to share our design philosophy and process with you. If you’re currently seeking professional design assistance, simply fill out our Client Contact Form and we’ll be in touch!