How to Select the Right Interior Designer For Your Commercial Project

Category: Commercial Interiors

Whether you are renovating an existing commercial space or looking to move into a new property, the assistance of a professional interior designer can be invaluable. Indeed, the quality of assistance can go a long way towards determining how successful a project is, so it is vital that you get the selection process right.

Below, we take a look at some key steps for choosing the right commercial interior designer for your project.

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1. Research Commercial Design Companies

The first step is to carry out some basic research on the interior design firms in your area, paying particular attention to those who specialise in commercial design, rather than residential projects. Check their own website, search the internet and browse social media sites for feedback from clients who have used their services.

Areas of expertise and their overall track record are two important considerations. If you are looking to renovate an office, for example, it may make sense to turn to a specialist office design company, with a history of successful projects. Credible, reliable firms will usually offer details of past work freely on their website.

Make a list of potential candidates and then continue to the next stage of the process.

2. Draw Up a Design Brief or a Request For Proposal

After creating a short list of potential designers, you need to draw up a design brief, giving a comprehensive overview of the project, and then contact the companies on your list. Alternatively, you could send out a Request For Proposal (RFP), which serves a similar purpose, but allows you to define the format of any response.

Regardless of which option you choose, at the bare minimum, you will need to provide design firms with:

  • A detailed description of the project
  • Aims and objectives
  • The scope of services you require
  • A budget, or estimate of how much you are aiming to spend

You may also wish to ask any interested parties for proof of liability insurance and other coverage, as well as a list of references for you to check.

3. Discuss Your Project and Make Your Decision

Once you have received some responses, you need to make a decision between them. There are a number of factors to look at here, including estimated prices, proposed timelines and quality of references. However, ultimately, the best way to decide will be to discuss your project with a few of your most likely candidates.

The designer you choose needs to be professional, have a clear understanding of your requirements and be able to communicate effectively, whether it is with you or with any sub-trades working on the project. Compare the standard of communication between companies and decide which one inspires trust or builds the best rapport.

Once you have decided on an interior designer, make sure you get any consulting agreements in writing, and sign a contract which clearly outlines the nature and scope of the project.

Posted 18th February, 2016

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