As a client, how to prepare this first contact with us!
If you finally decided to go ahead with the professional service of an interior designer, congratulations! You will not regret it and it is the wisest decision when it comes to remodeling your space. Working with a professional will help you make spaces more aesthetically pleasing, as well as functionally efficient with many design options.
The first meeting is where we will get to know each other better and also get to know the details of the project. This is one of the most important steps as it is when we are going to start structuring the entire design of the project.
Therefore, and to get an idea of how is the first meeting with us so that you can be prepared to communicate your needs and expectations, here are 7 tips that will help you prepare for our first meeting.
Do your homework and prepare for the meeting
If you are asked to prepare some information before we meet for the first time, it is a good idea to do so. We usually ask you to fill out a questionnaire regarding your needs or a form with a previous list of your expectations regarding style and design, so we can talk about them later in our meeting. Skipping this part can lead to a less efficient meeting.
Have a floor plan of the space(s) and other useful details at hand
Make sure you have the floor plans and all the layouts before we meet. This information will give us context, help us to make a better approach and understand your wishes.
Set a budget for the project
Having a budget plays a key role in this first meeting as it allows us to understand how your project can be developed. Try to understand beforehand how much you intend to spend on your project and what margin you have for any extra expenses.
Do some research and gather style inspirations
Start by doing a search on the Internet. Inspiration is everything when it comes to designing a space. This way you will already have some idea about how you want your space to be or what elements you want to be part of your project, colors, etc.
For example, a great way to communicate your message clearly is to show photos of the type of furniture or style you are looking for. Visit our projects to get inspired too. We are sure they will help.
Make a list of your wishes and suggestions
List the various requirements you want to be met in the project and also the suggestions for us to consider and discuss with you. Having clear guidelines makes it easier to understand your needs and thus offer you the best solutions.
Think about pending questions and doubts you have to ask us
As you prepare for the meeting, a number of questions will arise that you might like to clarify. Write these questions down so that you can clarify them as soon as we begin our process. We will most likely answer the questions even before you ask them, but at least then you are sure they have been clarified. Communication is essential in this exchange and it is better to clarify any and all doubts you may have right from the start.
Establishes an ideal date and a deadline for the completion of the project
As with the budget, it is important to define and keep in mind an ideal end date and also mention the maximum deadline for the project. Based on this information, we will articulate together to define a perfect schedule that works for both parties.
We hope this brief guide on how to prepare your first meeting with us has been helpful. Do you have any additional questions that we didn’t answer in this article? Leave your question in the comments section or contact us directly and we will clarify that issue.
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