4 Steps To Finding a Great Commercial Interior Service Provider
When you’re moving into a new workspace or revamping your current one, it can be tempting to take the reins and lead the design process yourself. It is, after all, your space—surely you know better than anyone else how to create the right workspace for you, your employees and your colleagues, right?
No doubt you probably have some great ideas for designing your workspace. But there are serious benefits to hiring a commercial interior designer that can’t be overlooked.
Why hire a commercial interior designer?
Beyond creating a workspace that’s the perfect blend of stylish, comfortable and functional, a commercial interior designer can help you stick to your budget and ensure you meet your timeline. An interior designer knows how to choose top-quality furniture that promotes your corporate culture and enforces your branding. Hiring an interior designer simply gives you more valuable time to focus on other important matters, like running your department or your business.
Hiring a commercial interior designer can be a little daunting, but it doesn’t have to be a headache. The key is, without a doubt, to have a plan. A clear plan, with each step carefully laid out, can save you a world of stress. Here are four steps you should follow when looking for the right commercial interior designer.
Define your vision
Before you start searching, it’s good to know what kind of look you’re after so you can choose a designer who has experience in creating the right vision. What style are you going for? Modern? Classic? What’s your color scheme? How do you envision the layout?
Answering these questions before you begin your search will help you narrow down which designers you want to interview. And you won’t have to waste your time with a designer whose vision simply doesn’t match yours.
Do your research
In the age of the Internet, it shouldn’t be difficult to find a local commercial interior designer. The ever-reliable Google and even the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)—an online community of designers, representatives, educators and students—are good resources to get you started in finding an interior designer who is in your area and is right for you.
But don’t forget the power of word-of-mouth. Some of the best recommendations come from simply asking around. Did you recently see a particular workspace design you just loved? Speak to the owner or manager and find out who the company hired to design its space.
Consider your budget
As with any industry, rates for commercial interior design can vary depending on the designer and the scope of work. It’s important to establish a realistic budget so you don’t accidentally hire a designer you can’t afford.
Keep in mind the way a commercial interior designer charges can vary. While some charge a flat hourly rate, others charge a per-project rate. Then there are all-in-one providers who offer not only commercial design but also product and installation—combining the cost of each into a single price. The benefit here? You hire one company instead of multiple, which streamlines the entire design process and helps you avoid miscommunication between contractors.
Whichever direction you choose, be sure to ask your designer how they charge before you move forward so you both know what to expect.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
When it comes to hiring the perfect commercial interior designer, communication is key. Chances are your designer will have a lot of questions—and that’s a good thing because your designer should have a clear understanding of what you’re looking for.
It’s likely you’ll have questions, too. And you shouldn’t be afraid to ask them. We’re talking about design style, fees, work schedule, timeline. Just as an interviewer at any other job would, be sure to ask not only for work examples but also references. A good, strong recommendation from a previous client can help assure you that you’re making the right choice.
The interior design of your workspace isn’t a project that should be taken lightly. Commercial interior design, when done well, can help facilitate productivity, further establish your brand and simply be a space where workers feel good. That’s why it’s so important that you find a commercial interior designer who understands your needs and can help bring your vision to life.
At Connecting Elements, we specialize not only in office space design and planning, but also office moving and furniture installation.
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