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Some Things To Note With Regard To Formulating Interior Design Contracts

Oct 5, 2007
Probably the most important aspect of hiring and working with interior designers is the interior design contracts which help both parties to agree to the terms of the project and which also sets forth the scope of the project in question. Interior design contracts allow home owners to specify who is to be held responsible and also for what the responsibility is to be shouldered, and also they help in defining the duration of the project and also the budgeted limits.

Work Should Move Along Set Lines

Drawing out a well conceived and all encompassing interior design contract is to your advantage as also to the advantage of the interior designer as it allows work to progress along set lines, and the amount of money involved will have been clearly spelt out leaving no place for ambiguity or confusion. It also helps in laying down the estimated costs of the project and you need to have worked out all of the variables that will influence such costs including the size of your project, quality of products to be used as well as the timeframe in which the project need to be completed.

Important elements of interior design contracts include agreeing to engage the interior designer who in turn accepts to undertake the project and there must also be mention of specification and design of furnishing, wall treatment, fixtures as well as color concepts and even the equipment that will be used. Also, the interior design contracts will mention the date by which the project must have been completed and that the home owner shall from time to time review the work as it progresses in phases and give his or her opinion with regard to the quality of work performed.

Furthermore, it is quite usual for interior design contracts to require the interior designer to prepare preliminary conceptual studies which may include sketches and also materials that are proposed to be needed and may also require setting out the needs with regard to furniture, carpeting, draperies, wood finishes, paints as well as architectural drawings and more, and after the design and preliminary presentations have been approved by the home owner, the project may be given the go-ahead to progress further.

It is also a good idea to have the interior design contracts vetted by a legal eagle as this is an important agreement that involves a good amount of money and thus any loopholes and discrepancies should be ironed out at the very beginning to ensure that neither party suffers later on. In any case, the interior design contracts must at the very least spell out the scope of the project and makes sure to place responsibility on the shoulders of the interior designer to get the work performed to the satisfaction of the home owner.
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