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Meeting your client for the first time as an Interior Designer : 6 ESSENTIAL questions you need to a


Interior Designers are people who are ideally great in optimizing and visualizing spaces, they understand the way people live, and they work on improving the way people use their homes, offices, malls and anything in between. They keep up to date with trends, they look for great aesthetics and they seek the best in the function and form world.

What interior designers also do is:

They meet clients.

And I cannot emphasize enough on how much it takes to prepare for each and every meeting.

All of the great things I mentioned above that interior designers ideally are, they all start from a good meeting with their client, because asking your client the right questions is basically you paving the way to a beautiful functional design.

So I am here to help you prepare for that client meeting by giving you the most important questions that you need to ask your client as an Interior Designer (meeting a client for a residential project, i.e. homes, condos, apartment, mansions, etc..)

If you are a client reading this, then get started on preparing for those questions before meeting your Interior Designer:

QUESTION 01:

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your family?

MAKE SURE YOUR CLIENT ELABORATES WITH:

How many family members live in the house, their ages, what do they do separately and what do they do together.

This definitely needs to be your first question because it will set the scene for you, and it will make a nice bond between you and the client!

(make sure you get the names of each family member, their age, hobby, and if any of them needs special requirements i.e. allergies of materials, wheelchair.. etc..)

QUESTION 02:

How do you describe your style? Can you show me pictures of interiors you dig?

MAKE SURE YOU ELABORATE WITH:

Showing your client pictures that you have prepared pro-actively before the meeting of different interior styled interiors, ask them questions, understand what they like and dislike about every pictures. Write EVERYTHING down. (the meeting minutes should be documented, dated and filed digitally after every meeting so you can get back to them at any point in time).

QUESTION 03:

How do you use your current place of staying? Whats your day like?

MAKE SURE YOUR CLIENT ELABORATES WITH:

Different activities they do on their everyday life, the unique ways and hobbies that can be an inspiration for the starting point of the design.

QUESTION 04:

What are your favorite colors to be surrounded with, and what are your least favorite colors to be surrounded with?

MAKE SURE YOU ELABORATE WITH

Asking them about what kind of base they would like, darker schemes, lighter schemes, etc..

QUESTION 05:

When do you need this project to be delivered?

MAKE SURE YOU ELABORATE WITH:

Your personal capacity of delivering projects, what you can within that time frame, and the possibility of needing extra hands on board to help out with the project which means extra cost on them. (in case of an incredibly close deadline).

QUESTION 06:

What is your budget?

MAKE SURE YOUR CLIENT ELABORATES WITH:

Your budget and charges as their designer, fit out costs, labor, F.F.E. (furniture, furnishings and equipment), final touches and accessories.

So obviously, you can ask as many questions as you possibly could need according to your design process, and try to always maintain a good relationship with your client, it feels amazing to be working with people who you actually get along with and that you respect and who respect you back.

Thanks for reading!

Take a look at my video if you would like to see me conduct a client meeting with myself!!

Much love to you,

Aseel

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