8 Questions to Ask Your Interior Designer Before Hiring

For a love relationship to be strong, it needs to be built on a strong foundation. The relationship between a potential client and his/her interior designer is no different. As there are questions I consider fundamental for me to know, so do you have questions, right?

Today I’m sharing some of the questions potential interior design clients have asked me before so that you can know me and my business a little better.

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1. What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

Our goal at Corine Phillips Interiors is to create functional, beautiful spaces that will honor your creative side and bring life to the place you call home.

We have a variety of services thoughtfully curated to serve the variety of clients that I serve, from homeowners to home builders. We offer interior design services, virtual design services, and different design packages.

2. What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

I offer a range of different services depending on whom I work with. However, my workflow generally follows a 4-steps process.

STEP ONE – I start with an in-home consultation where I’ll get to know you and your project goals and needs. For clients out of my radius, a Zoom in-home consultation is what I offer (think about virtual design).

STEP TWO – Once I have the information I need, I’ll start developing design concepts, and sourcing materials and furnishings. This process can take about 30-45 days, depending on the size of the project. When all the elements are pulled together, we’ll schedule an initial design presentation.

STEP THREE – After review, modifications (if requested), and final approval, the design implementation will start. All the tradespeople involved in the project will start working. Furnishings procurement too happens here. If it’s virtual design, you pick up from here and execute the design at your own pace.

STEP FOUR – When the vision is gradually and finally coming to life. I’ll coordinate the installation and styling of the main furnishings, drapery, rugs, wall art, and décor accessories. Shortly after that, a photoshoot session is likely to be scheduled for my portfolio. Et voilà!

Again, the process might slightly differ depending on the service you’re hiring me for.

3. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I graduated from The Interior Design Institute, in 2019. Right after, I got hired as a Design Specialist at an online design firm, then as a Sales and Design Consultant where I was able to perfect my skills. Please, feel free to read more about my journey.

4. How did you get started doing this type of work?

I started decorating spaces when I was a teenager, which was about 16 years ago. I’ve always had a really good eye for everything pretty and my passion for design built up with time. It was a natural progression for me to one day have my own business and take in more professional projects.

5. What types of customers have you worked with?

Homeowners. Renters. Airbnb Owners. Contractors and gradually branching to Home Builders. Take a look at my portfolio to see some of the projects I’ve worked on. My Houzz profile has some more projects I’ve worked on.

6. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

When I take on a project, rest assured that I’m fond of it. I won’t work on a project if I’m not excited about it. For me it’s more than just being paid, it’s first of all about being passionate about what I do.

However, I completed a project, which I was very proud of and excited about. There were bathrooms and closet remodel involved, creation of the entire house color palette, paint selection, flooring selection, window treatment, and so much more. The project lasted about 8 months. My clients were simply amazing! The communication was smooth, the accountability was transparent and they were extremely satisfied in the end. Talk about an ideal project!

7. What advice would you give a client looking to hire an interior designer?

Clients usually don’t understand what it takes for interior designers to bring their vision to life. There are details like creating their design concepts (mood boards, 3D renderings), visiting showrooms, gathering finishes samples, shopping furnishings, managing the logistics, answering emails/calls, handling the budget, pulling up our therapist’s hats, and so much more.

So, when hiring an interior designer, be aware of their time and cost, in addition to knowing what budget you’re setting up for your project (link to the blog post about how to set up your budget).

8. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

What is my budget (even if it’s an estimate, that’s a good start) for this project? What is my timeframe for the project to start or to be completed? What are my goals and priorities for this entire project?

If you have more questions on how we can help you achieve your design goals, feel free to reach out by scheduling a free 15-minute discovery call or filling out our contact form.

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