I n my opinion, the client-designer interview is the most important step in your home design project because selecting the right interior designer for your home project is vital for your project’s success. So, to help you facilitate this process, I’ve outlined the best way in my experience to interview an interior designer in this post, with a comprehensive list of 40 important questions to ask during the interview, PLUS a bonus list! Let me know if you’ve found it helpful in my comments section below, I’d love to read your feedback!
I call my client-designer interview my “Initial Consultation”. I use this time specifically to generally review the client’s plans, visit the project site, and discuss the work that is being proposed for the home. It is also used to review my design fees and services, explain my design processes, and answer questions. Once I’m able to get a good sense of the work load involved for the project, I can then give estimates for my fees as well as recommendations on methods to proceed and general verbal timing schedules for the work. Some designers charge for this meeting and some don’t. For more detailed information on interior designer’s pricing and fees, check out my related blog post on How to Work With An Interior Designer: Pricing-What To Expect And What To Know.
Another key factor to consider during the interview/initial consultation, are the personalities of all involved. This in-person meeting allows everyone to get a feel if they would work well together or not. Most of my design projects last several months to a year. You can expect to be communicating several times per week, sometimes daily, with your designer, so you definitely want to hire someone you like working with! If there are other members of the team involved such as architects, contractors, and trades people, (which there usually are), it’s also good to make sure everyone is on the same page and can work well together.