Even if you're the kind of person who makes everything a DIY project, there's always a point when a home decorating or renovation project could use a professional set of eyes. Whether you are redesigning your frontyard, need some help planning your bathroom or can't figure out where to locate your light fittings, a quality home professional can help you do it right. Hiring a qualified home professional puts their years of training, qualifications and experience right at your fingertips.
But before you start sending out dozens of emails and making phone calls, sit down and think about your project. What's your budget? What is the scope of your project? Will you need more than one type of professional to complete your home improvement project? Can you afford to complete the full project now, or should you tackle it bit by bit? (So many questions, so little time to answer them!)
Once you've settled on your project’s priorities, budget and scope, it's time to start researching home design professionals. Don't sell yourself short and settle on the first professional you set your sights on. Make sure that you're working with someone local, who can get to the jobsite easily and efficiently. Look into the person’s reviews, ask to speak with former clients and to see previous jobs in person. Take a good look at their portfolio photos: How similar are these projects to your own? Be honest — that mansion might look beautiful, but it might not have a lot in common with your little bungalow.
Reach out to multiple professionals — especially for larger projects — and don't settle for the first bid you hear. Comparing multiple professionals' bids and experiences can help you find the one that’s best for you. Ask a lot of questions now, so you won't have unexpected answers later.
Find a home design professional: Narrow down your search by type of professional and location. Browse portfolio photos, read client reviews and contact each professional for more information. Check out the information in the specialised professional sections too for tips on how to hire the right professional for your project.
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