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    • SELECTING THE RIGHT INTERIOR DESIGNER
      There is no difference between an interior designer and interior decorator. Most states have stricken the requirements for state licensure. In Florida for example, you only need to be licensed if you engage in commercial design work. As there is no state oversight or minimum qualifications, anyone can call themselves an interior designer.  Hence it […]
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    • IDL Will Represent Your Interest
      Don’t permit interior designers to exploit the consumer’s limited knowledge in vulnerable areas such as; product costs, expenses, and fees. Unfortunately, design consumers do not possess the experience to conduct thorough interviews or detailed investigation before hiring a designer or design firm. Most design services are acquired through word-of-mouth recommendations, magazine articles or ads. This […]
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    • Common Mistakes in Hiring an Interior Designer – Part 1
       NOT TAKING A PROPER BUSINESS APPROACH (CAVEAT EMPTOR): Take responsibility and do not become a victim! Know with whom you are doing business! Anyone can call themselves an “interior designer” (or decorator) no matter what their qualifications are. Research several interior designers before hiring someone. Get a list of “Interior Designers” in your area Check […]
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    • Common Mistakes in Hiring an Interior Designer – Part 2
       NOT ESTABLISHING A BUDGET: Do not start a project without establishing a budget first! Make sure your budget for the work includes all the design fees, taxes, delivery charges, and other costs, so you don’t end up over-spending. Make sure your designer is getting multiple bids for all custom remodeling and construction work. Do not […]
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    • Don’t Get Caught Without Protection
      Embarking on the venture of creating or redesigning the interior design dream of your home, office, or business should be rewarding and exciting, but design dreams can quickly turn, into nightmares. Contracting for design services should include protecting your rights and interests whether retaining or supervising interior designers, their products and services. The decision to […]
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