One of the most common questions we get asked all the time is whether it’s worth it to hire an interior designer or not. As much as we’d love to help, we can’t make that decision for you. Hiring a professional designer is a personal experience and some people won’t start a project without professional help. On the other hand, many homeowners think this is a pointless process and waste of money. To help you make the right decision, we have compiled a list of questions you should ask yourself, before committing to working with an expert.

Do you have a financial plan for the project?

Whenever we talk about remodeling projects, we always ask you to consider your budget. In this case, it’s not only important how much you want to spend, but also when you are ready to finance the costs. If you decide to remodel on your own, then you can determine what you can do vs. what someone you hire will do. This gives you more freedom to put the room together, piece by piece if you don’t have enough money.

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However, interior designers often collect these fees altogether. They have their unique fee structure, some charge by the hour, while others charge per project. If you plan to hire a designer, then make sure you are comfortable with the price and payment method.

What services are your requesting?

Next thing, you need to consider what would you like for the project. Interior design includes various factors, and it’s a lot more than buying new furniture or painting your room. In this case, you need to find a balance between aesthetics and functionality.

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The majority of designers provide an extensive list of services, which include: consultation, site assessment, space planning, design concept, purchasing process and project management. Of course, a full-service designer will be the costliest option. But, depending on the company you work with, they will be able to provide you an a la carte selection.

Do you have a sense of personal style?

Personal style is going to be an essential factor in this entire process. Whether you do it, or you hire a professional, you need to be happy with the final result. The easiest way to accomplish this is to have an idea of features that appeal to you.

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Having an end result in mind is especially significant if you are going to contract someone to manage the entire project. The professional will base the decisions mostly on the criteria you provided. If you aren’t sure about some decision, then maybe you should leave some room for professional suggestion. After all, an interior designer is an educated professional who will provide you the best possible advice.

Are you comfortable with making the decisions?

We know this may sound like a silly question, but it’s a necessary one. Some people are just not comfortable with taking charge, and they would instead follow. But, if you choose to manage the home improvement project, you will be a decision maker.