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WARNING: Do not use an interior designer until you know the… “19 Questions You Must Ask An Interior Designer Before You Use Them To Help You Re-Decorate Your Home!”

The decision to use an interior designer to help you with the overwhelming choice of fabrics / furniture / styles and turn your house into your home (that makes a statement to your friends and family) is a big one.

Is Your Current Décor Out Of Date?
Once you’ve decided that the interior look and feel of your house is out-of-date, you are confronted with a whole list of choices. The first is whether to attempt to rearrange the existing furniture in your house to change the look and feel - ‘home staging’ - or engage the services of a professional interior designer to help you.

If you’re like most people, you don’t have the time or expertise to handle it yourself – so you’ll want to employ an interior designer. After all, nearly 90% of the interior of fabulous looking homes have had input by an interior designer.

If you are considering hiring a real estate interior designer, this report will help you with your next big decision:

Which real estate interior designer should you hire?
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that all real estate interior designers are the same. Many sellers have painfully discovered that there is a vast difference among interior designers. Picking the right interior designer can mean the difference between a smooth transformation of your house and a nightmare that can foul up all your plans and cost you thousands of dollars.

You may have a couple of interior designers in mind, possibly ones that work your area, or that were referred to you. If not, ask your friends and neighbours for recommendations. DO NOT make the mistake of engaging with the first interior designer who comes along without finding out some critical information first!

Here Are The Questions You Should Ask Each Interior Designer:

Question 1
“How Long Have You Been An Interior Designer And What Are Your Qualifications?”
This will give you an idea of how much experience the interior designer has. You may not want to let someone loose with your home and your wallet that just got their Interior Design diploma last month (or worse, doesn’t have one at all!).

There is a tremendous amount of turnover in the interior designer business, especially in the first two years due to people going through a mid-life crisis and decide to become an interior designer because they like to ‘look the part’ (designer clothes, European car etc) and after remodelling the interior of their home to their current tastes, now believe everyone wants that same look and feel in their house…

Ideally you want to engage an architect who now specialises in Interior Design – as they have been professionally trained and have BOTH spatial and design experience AND a flair for ______________.

Some new interior designers are sharp , but in general, an interior designer with several years experience under their belt may be best able to serve you.

Question 2
“Do You Have A List Of Before and After Examples Of Projects You Have Done In The Past Six Months / Past Year / Your Career?”

Look for an interior designer who is active in your area and has got great feedback from their clients. Especially look to see that they are hired for their expertise in a variety of styles and approaches, not merely their own personal vision. Therefore, the interior designer has to be able to balance their own tastes and their clients’ tastes - and be willing to put THEIR tastes first; - this is potentially a deadly mistake an unprofessional interior designer makes...

Also look for an interior designer that is actively transforming clients homes – they will be sharper and more practiced, more familiar with latest trends (and fads to avoid) in the Market, and better prepared to represent and advise you.

Question 3
“What is your average sales price?”
You want an interior designer that routinely works with homes like yours. The average interior designer usually tends to work in certain areas (suburbs) or price ranges. For example, if your home was worth $500,000 you wouldn’t want to use an interior designer who primarily works on homes in the $2,000,000 range (or vice versa). That interior designer’s choices for furniture, ornaments, etc typically would not suit your home. However, saying that, there are some interior designers who specialise in a wide range of different house styles and locations. Ask the question and see how they answer.

Question 4
“What Is The Average Time _____________?”
This is also commonly referred to as “_________.” A good interior designer should know this information without even having to think about it. This information can serve as a guide in setting a rough schedule for your move.

Question 5
“What is the ______________________?”
An interior designer with a solid Marketing plan should sell their listings faster than the Market average. This will also indicate how knowledgeable the interior designer is about pricing, because homes that aren’t priced properly will take much longer to sell (if they sell at all).

Question 6
“What _______________________?”
Again this question is one that a sharp interior designer will readily know. The answer will also tell you a lot about the Market trends in your area. For example, if only 30% of the homes put on the Market ___________, you’ll know that you’re in a ________.

Question 7
“What ____________________?”
A good interior designer should be considerably better than average on this. While no interior designer ever _________________, this can be an indication of how knowledgeable they are on ___________, their ability to adapt to changes in trends, and how well they communicate with their clients.

Question 8
“What Is Your ________________________?”
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Question 9
“Do You Have Personal Assistants And Other Support Staff Working For You?”
Some interior designers employ an assistant or staff. This often means better service, and it can be an indication that the interior designer treats their profession as a serious business. By employing someone to handle the small details, the interior designer may be able to devote more time to serving your needs.

However, be sure you know up front how much involvement you can expect directly from your interior designer, and how much is usually handled by someone else. It may be fine that most of your interaction after/before _______________ is with an assistant or other staff member as long as you are kept informed of exactly what is being done to get your home sold, and have good lines of communication.

Question 10
“Do You Have A List Of Testimonials?”
Many top interior designers will provide you with this without you even asking. Remember, you are interviewing someone for the job of handling one of your biggest assets. Do not hesitate to check them out thoroughly.

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Where To From Here?
Hopefully, this report has given you some insight into a small part of decorating your home. It may also have prompted a whole new set of questions.

To get all of the answers you need, simply give me, Kristina Cope, a call on (09) 578-0704 or (021)-641-530 to schedule your free, no-hassle, straight talk consultation. I will arrange a time convenient for you, and it shouldn’t take long at all.

In about 30 minutes, you’ll receive more time and money saving interior design, decorating information than most people learn in a lifetime!

By now, you’ve probably figured out that I am not like most Interior Designers or Architects. (I am qualified in both fields). I concentrate on providing quality information to those who need it.

“But why would you just give away all of this valuable information?”

I know that you may be asking that question in your mind. I know it’s not what most Interior Designers do, and it may seem a little odd. It’s just that I have learned that good things happen when you concentrate on really helping people.

Yes, I make my living consulting to clients as their interior designer, and yes, it would be my pleasure to work for you to transform your house into a home you love to bring friends, business associates, and guests’ home to.

BUT ONLY IF THAT’S WHAT YOU DECIDE TO DO AFTER YOU HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION!

A half-hour is all it takes to get the information you need to make smart decisions for your future. We'll discuss what you want to accomplish, and look at the different options that you have.

Well, I’ve said just about all I can say. The next step is up to you. As I said before, there is absolutely no cost or obligation attached to your free consultation.

Pick up the phone and call me now, while you are thinking about it. I know that you may be a little skeptical, but one phone call isn’t much to risk, especially when you could save yourself lots of aggravation and thousands of dollars!

You can reach me at (09) 578-0704 or (021)-641-530, or send me an email with some suggested times and dates you are available to get together with me.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Kristina Cope DipInt, BArch
Interior Designer
www.HomeInteriorDesign.co.nz
 
P.S. Procrastination keeps more people from ever reaching their dreams than anything else. Don’t miss out on information that can make all the difference!