Owning a home is one of the most fulfilling endeavors a person can take on in their lifetimes. The personal gratification, pride and freedom that comes with being a homeowner is unmatched by most other things in life. Of course along with those benefits also come quite a few challenges as well. The general upkeep of a home (ie cutting the grass, maintaining the landscape, cleaning…) can be exhausting, repairs and home improvement projects never seem to end, and of course interior design and style changes with the times and needs to be adjusted as you move through your life. And while this article is not able to help you with your yard work or fix a busted sewer pipe, it is intended to provide suggestions for the interior of your home and maintaining a beautiful and welcoming living environment.
Of course you could take it upon yourself to stay apprised to all of the latest modern interior decorating trends and whatnot. You could buy the magazines, read the blogs and interact with people in the business, but really, who has time for that while balancing your own job, a family and those other home owner to-do’s? So this author suggests that you and your family hire a professional residential decorator to take on this project. By hiring this person you will be able to take all of that research and hands on labor off of your plate and have more time for your other things. However, there are a lot of mediocre residential interior decorator companies out there and this article is intended to provide you all with a few basic steps to take before signing anyone on to revamp the interior of your home.
The first thing you need to do when bringing on a residential decorator is to look thoroughly through their professional portfolio. Any professional in this field should be able to provide this for you and the portfolio should be full of designs that show the interior designers range of styles, finished products and in general, many beautiful interiors. Look through this in detail and make sure there are a lot of finished products. Bookmark the ones that speak to you to give the interior decorator an idea of the style you and your family are going for, then ask them for references from previous clients. This is the second and most important step you should take as a potential client. Checking references is one of the most basic and most often overlooked aspects of hiring a professional residential interior decorator to redo your homes interior. Do not just get the list of references and take that as proof that they are quality designers. Actually pick up the phone and give those people a call. Ask them about the professionalism, timeliness and overall quality of work of the interior decorator you are considering. This step should greatly narrow your search. After that, you can make your final decision based on things like price, styles that match what you’re looking for and availability. Yes, these steps seem simple, but if you and your family take them before bringing an interior designer into your lives, you will be sure to be more pleased with the final results.