New Homeowner's Guide to Interior Designer Services: Step-by-Step Guidelines
Updated: Mar 29
Are you a first-time homeowner looking for an interior designer to work on your home's interior? Feeling uncertain about what to expect? This blog post provides clarity with step-by-step guidelines for an interior designer's or firm's scope of work, which may vary based on the project's specifics. Learn more below.
Initial Consultation with Interior Designer:
When providing the initial brief for your space, make sure you have a floor plan and site photos, and keep your budget in mind (although you needn't reveal it in the first meeting). If you come across something you like in the firm's previous projects, you can ask about the budget (as interior design cost is generally calculated per square foot). Explain your family structure, who will be living in the space, and answer questions about which areas of your home you spend the most time in, whether you want a TV in every room, and if you prefer a guest room or study room, wet kitchen or dry kitchen, storage space, entrance location, etc. Provide a brief based on both your current and future lifestyle. You can also ask about the rough design or execution fees. If it's within your budget, you can move forward with the next step, or communicate your budget to the designer so they can keep it in mind while designing.
Before finalizing your home interior project, it is mandatory to have a site visit with the designer.
Ensure that the designer has basic knowledge of all the services required, such as electrical, plumbing, air conditioning, and data, in addition to aesthetics, finishes, carpentry, and civil work.
During the site visit, show the designer your entire home, all openings, light entry, and existing finishes.
Encourage the designer to take fresh measurements of the existing home so that all designs and drawings are based on actual dimensions.
Finally, ask for an approximate timeline for the completion of both the design and the interior work.
Finalizing 3D Designs, Drawings, and Budgets
Following the consultation and site visit, the designer will create design concepts that meet your preferences, goals, and budget. These concepts will include furniture options, color schemes, lighting, and other decorative elements. Once the designer has completed the concepts, they will present them to you for approval.
Approval of the Design Concept and 3D Drawings
If you are satisfied with the 3D designs presented, you may need to sign an agreement.
Finalizing the Concept Design and Budget
The final budget can be adjusted once the 3D drawings are complete.
Finalization of Budget (BoQ) by the Designer
At the project's end, the final cost should not exceed 5-10%, provided that there are no additional scope or upgraded selections from your side.
Understanding the Budget (BoQ) and Payment Terms
Request your designer to explain the Budget (BoQ) alongside the final 3D designs and drawings. Understand the finishes and materials to be used. Get clarity on payment terms such as advance payment, running bills, and the final payment post-handover.
Sign off on the final budget.
Sign off on the final timelines of the project.
Before starting the project, request a rough sequence of work and milestones from the designer and link them with payments.
Mark the furniture layout on walls or floors wherever possible.
Paste prints of 3D and drawings in respective rooms.
During the execution, review the project along with the designer and site supervisor against the 3D drawings and BoQ to discuss any deviations.
Ask the designer to show actual samples of finished products and decor items to match your taste, while giving the designer freedom to do their job.
Leave room for on-site improvisation and consultation with the designer. Discuss the completion time and ensure that the site is thoroughly cleaned at the end.
After the project is completed, allocate separate time for snag correction, such as missing nails or working conditions of all electrical and plumbing fixtures.
Have a final walkthrough with the designer for handover and final payment. Get all equipment warranties and sign off the completion with the release of the last payment.
If you encounter any difficulties during your interior design project, don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org We'll do our utmost to ensure that you are at ease with the entire process.