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Interior design advice is especially necessary if your project involves the need to change structural aspects of your home or plumbing and electrical features. Most states require interior designers to hold a license or accreditation, in addition to a bachelor’s degree in the field. A professional interior designer is trained to work with state and local building and safety codes and will help you navigate the requirements for building permits in your area. Interior design advice usually includes managing your project from concept to completion; with the designer acting as your project manager to keep all subcontractors orchestrated and on task.

An interior designer can help you refine the vision for your project and will work within your budget to achieve your goals. Designers also have access to wholesale prices for specialty furniture, fabrics, flooring sources, and kitchen and bath appliances.

How to Find Interior Design Advice

Accreditation should be your first criteria for selecting a qualified candidate. Industry associations, such as the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) maintain searchable databases to help you find a qualified candidate in your area. Good sources for references of reputable interior designers in your area are easy to access. Visit the model homes of new neighborhoods in your area and ask for the designer’s name, when you find a home that is appealing to you. Other good sources to consider for referrals include:

  • Salons and Spas
  • Restaurants and Bars
  • Hotel Lobbies
  • Doctor and Dentist Offices
  • Upscale Boutiques

Ask These Questions When Looking for Interior Design Advice

What accreditations and licensure do you hold?

Can you provide me with references of past satisfied clients?

Do you have a portfolio of projects you have completed that I can review?

You should also take communication style into consideration when deciding who to hire for your job. Look for an interior designer who is willing to listen to all of your ideas and put your vision as the client foremost on their list of priorities.

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