Array
Building & Renovating

4 Questions To Ask Your Interior Designer

Develop a healthy relationship with your design professional for a beautiful home

Shares
Photography: kkhome.us (Main Photo)

You've already decided to hire an interior designer to help you realize your dream home. But before you move forward, don't forget to ask these important questions on your first meeting, as advised by interior designer Vera Villarosa Orila. 


1. What would be your payment schedule, and what is the basis for the payments (progress billing, upon completion) by percentages? 

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

"It's important to be on the same page with your designer when it comes to payment terms so you'll be more prepared financially. Do you pay as the renovation progresses? Should you pay the lump sum as soon as your home is finished? Or is paying in percentage more convenient for you? Different designers prefer different terms, so don't be shy to settle this important matter from the get go." 

2. What is your time frame? 

"Is there extra charge in case the contractor doesn't deliver on time? Agree on a timetable so that you'll know what to expect. Of course, there will be delays, so be ready to make allowances. Clarify with your designer what the cost implications will be in case there are changes with the agreed schedule." 

3. Have you done projects similar to my preferred style and budget? 

"Pick someone who has done a good number of projects that suit your taste. Don't be shy to aks for pegs or do your own research by checking the designer's website for his or her portfolio. Doing so will also clue you in on whether he or she can work around your budget." 

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW


4. Do I get final approval of all the future materials and furniture in the design? 

"You have the last say But keep in mind that hiring a designer means trusting him or her as well. Know what your limits are. Establishing a harmonious relationship with your designer ensures a successful collaboration."

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

This snippet originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine. Main photo by kkhome.us

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares
Recommended Videos

Latest Stories

Maggie Wilson's Casa Consunji Will Make Your Tropical Dream Home Possible

The store boasts of modern signature pieces made from natural elements.

5 Steps to Starting Your Own Organic Container Garden of Herbs and Vegetables

You don't need a green thumb to grow your own veggies and herbs at home.

7 Ideas to Make Your Small Bathroom Look Big

It's important to be smart about how you decorate and organize.

5 Reasons Child-Sized Furniture Is a Worthy Investment for Your Home

For one, smaller furniture is much safer for young kids to use.

7 Stores to Shop for Kids and Child-Sized Furniture (Beds, Chairs and Tables, and More)

Let your child's personality shine by choosing unique pieces for her room!

The Favorite Furniture Stores of Manila's Most Discerning

If luxe and exceedingly stylish furniture is what you're after, check this list out.

Porcelain vs Ceramic for Bathroom Tiles: Here's How and What to Choose

Should you go for porcelain tiles or ceramic tiles? A licensed interior designer gives her advice

10 Cute Pots for Your Plant Babies

Give your little green friends the home they deserve!

Andi Manzano Offers a Peek at Her Line of Child-Sized Furniture (Available in October!)

The actress collaborated with a home store that specializes in furniture for babies and kids.

Where to Find Wall Stickers for Your Child's Bedroom (No Need for a New Paint Job!)

You can get wall stickers in lots of unique colors and designs.

'Walang Trabahong Pang-Forever': 5 Lessons on Investing from Dimples Romana

Dimples and her husband have been investing in real estate properties since 16 years ago when they got married.

Take Note: Here's How Often You Should Wash Your Bed Sheets

There's a recommended general rule of thumb you should remember.
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!