Do you want to hire an interior designer but are not sure how to choose one? This is understandable, it is not easy to plan with a professional for a personal project like an interior redesign.
However, there are certain criteria that should be taken into account before making your choice. The nature of your project, the proximity of the architect, the support offered, the guarantees... You must make sure you get the best services before committing yourself.
That's why we've decided to give you 5 essential tips for choosing the right interior designer!
Elégance au m2 guide: advice and decoration for architectural projects.
Depending on your interior design project
Tthe nature of your interior design project must condition your choice of interior designer. First of all, is it a personal or a professional project? What is the surface area of the property to be fitted out? What budget do you want to spend on it and for what guarantees?
When you choose your interior designer, you must make sure that he or she is able to meet your expectations. It is not all a question of the status of the architect. But in principle, a freelance architect will find it easier to respond to a "small" design project. A concept store, the design of a room or a small flat.
On the other hand, an architectural firm with several architects, a design office and processes, will more easily respond to a larger project. This can be the design of a house or the layout of a shop, restaurant or professional offices.
Because of its ability to benefit from a network of craftsmen, guarantees and insurance, the architectural firm may be a more prudent choice.
Favouring a local architect
The digitalisation of services has allowed many 100% online architecture agencies to flourish. The promise is always the same: fast and inexpensive design plans compared to the market.
This solution may be sufficient if you are self-sufficient. Indeed, apart from a proposal for a layout and 3D modelling including furniture, you will not get much more service most of the time. We therefore urge you to be careful about choosing a 100% online interior designer. That is, if it is an architect at all! Nowadays, software allows you to make 2D and 3D plans without too much expertise, and is enough to give the impression of a "thorough" work.
By choosing a local architect, able to investigate "the field", you will be reassured very quickly. He will be directly listening to your needs, able to evaluate the architectural feasibility on site... You will generally obtain a much better service!
Having said that, a local architect does not necessarily mean the traditional agency with binders of documents scattered around. Nor even with lengthy estimates that will cost you much more than you thought you were spending on your renovation project.
At Elégance au m2, we have chosen to provide you with a local architect while relying on digital technology. As your project evolves, you can follow it directly from a 100% online space. The perfect intermediary!
Browse the website of the architecture agency
Another essential point: what image does the interior designer you might choose project? To find out, there's nothing better than consulting their website.
Look at the information the architect gives. Is he clear in his architectural service? Does he make the stages of his work transparent? What are his strong points and what are the advantages of using him?
In particular, check the before and after projects available and the prices offered. You can also support your choice by reading the reviews and testimonials if there are any.
View the before and after projects
Sometimes the best way to choose your interior designer is to look at their work. Do they have the spirit you want for your interior design? Are the finishes of the work clean? Does the furniture selected seem to be of good quality?
Check the details of the photos available. Are these photos taken by the architect himself or are they free of copyright? The authenticity of the work is important when you choose your architect.
Do not hesitate to take the time to browse through the design projects that are similar to yours. Make a note of the points that caught your attention so that you can discuss them directly with the architect.
Check the architect's rates (formulas, options...)
Obviously, the first criterion that will define the choice of your architect is the budget that you will have to devote to it. However, on this point, it is not always easy to have an idea of how much an architectural service will cost you.
Are the architect's prices available on his website? The more transparency there is, the better you will be able to plan the financing of your layout. For more clarity, it is better to use agencies that offer formulas per square metre of floor space.
However, beware of options that may be added to the initial price. Do not hesitate, when you contact the architect for an initial estimate, to be as explicit as possible about your request. This will avoid unpleasant surprises and lengthy estimates that are far too expensive for what you can afford.
Read reviews and testimonials on the services
Finally, a website, by definition, is a business card for the interior designer. Of course, you will find all the strengths and advantages of working with him. But to ensure that his services live up to his claims, there is nothing better than the customer reviews themselves!
We therefore ask you to attach great importance to the reputation of the online interior designer. What do they say about them? Does he have a good price/quality ratio? How did the assignment go? Was he or she helpful and supportive?
The clients will always be the best placed to testify. A guarantee of confidence before choosing an architect!
Prefer turnkey support
Before engaging the services of an interior designer, make sure you know what he or she is offering. What exactly does he offer? The feasibility study and the design phase? Is furniture sourcing included? What about the organisation of the work and the selection of craftsmen?
You should prefer a turnkey package that includes:
- Advice - usually free of charge - during a visit to your property;
- The architectural feasibility study ;
- Designing your interior spaces (2D, 3D, layout and cutting plans, etc.);
- Interior design and furniture sourcing;
- The organisation of your fitting-out work (DCE, selection of craftsmen, advice on estimates, etc.);
- Management and planning of the works until final acceptance.
By benefiting from turnkey support from your architect, you will save time, and sometimes even money!
Favour an architect with a ten-year guarantee
The last point to watch out for is guarantees and insurance. Before choosing an interior designer, it is essential to know what you are exposed to. Unfortunately, there is always a risk of faulty workmanship when the work is handed over. If it is not detrimental - or even invisible - in its current state, what will it be like in a few years' time?
Always choose an interior designer with a ten-year guarantee! Of course, this does not remove the risk of faulty workmanship, but it does protect you. If some of the work needs to be revised or redone, you are not financially responsible for it. The interior architect is responsible for everything and will be reimbursed or not by his insurance.
Why choose our interior designer Elégance au m2?
As an architectural agency, why choose our interior designer Elégance au m2 rather than another?
It's very simple: we respect all the criteria we have mentioned in ouradvice. Choosing an Elégance au m2 interior designer means :
- The possibility of designing projects of any size, 100% customizable;
- An interior architect, also known as a property designer, who will be your dedicated local project manager;
- A 100% digital space to follow the evolution of your project and validate each step of progress;
- Our website where you can find all our services described in detail with transparent formulas;
- A turnkey service that starts with free advice and ends with the handover of your keys on completion of the work;
- A ten-year guarantee of up to 2 million euros in the event of work to be reviewed.
Any questions? Contact us via our form for a first telephone conversation!