Great news! You’ve decided to work with an interior design firm for your project. Now what? How can you be sure to get the most out of that relationship? You may not know how to get started, or how to ensure you are getting the best design to help your product sell. With over 20 years of experience in creating award-winning designs that help our clients be successful, we’ve developed this list of tips on “how to get the most out of working with an interior design firm” for your convenience.

Please keep in mind that these tips are very specific to Lita Dirks & Co. and that other interior design and merchandising firms may operate differently. We have found these tips help our clients be successful on a consistent basis.

How to start?

First things first, how do you even start? You may be questioning at what point in the building process should you contact an interior design firm. The answer is simple, now. Frankly, the earlier you engage us, the better. Since this is a collaboration, we like to work with our clients from the very beginning; in the development stage when branding is being developed and before floor plans are finalized. At this point, you can take advantage of our complimentary floor plan critique service where we may have recommendations that will enhance your plan’s livability and, therefore, salability. At a minimum, 13 weeks are needed to develop design, order, ship, and install so be sure to plan accordingly.

What happens first?

Once you have selected Lita Dirks & Co. as your interior design and merchandising firm, your select team of designers will gather as much information as possible about your project such as vision, goals, challenges, potential residents, budget, and timing requirements. After they receive your CAD plans, they will prepare a proposal, contract, and preliminary project timeline outlining all steps involved in the design and merchandising process from start to finish.

What happens after we’re under contract?

Once under contract, the real fun begins. We’ll conduct additional research and send you a merchandising questionnaire to complete. From there, we’ll complete the buyer profile and provide floor plan critiques (if desired). Based on all this information, your Lita Dirks & Co. team will then develop the design concept, colors, fabric selections, and furniture options to present.

What can I expect to see at your design presentation?

We understand that it can be difficult to visualize design. Therefore, we’ll provide you with as many details as possible, so you can get a good idea of what the finished product will look like. Specifically, you’ll see an overall design concept, colors, and fabrics for each space, as well as furniture selections and layout options.  In addition, our designers will elevate (or draw) all areas where we’ve added design elements, such as built ins, and wall and ceiling details, so you’ll have a clear idea of what we’re proposing.

We will also work with you to select all interior specifications such as cabinetry, flooring, countertops, hardware, etc. We’ll then provide a detailed specification sheet, so its clear as to what exact selections were made for you and your construction team.

How much input do I have?

As much as you want. This is your project, and Lita Driks & Co. will make sure your vision is realized and that the finished product creates excitement and stimulates sales.

Who will I be working with?

We’ll introduce you up front to the experienced and talented team members you’ll be working closely with throughout the design process. Because of our team-based approach, there will always be someone available for you to communicate with that is knowledgeable about your project.

How do you work from a distance?

Very efficiently and successfully. Over the years, we’ve developed extremely effective processes and systems that ensure our projects are always seamlessly completed on time and in budget. In fact, over the past 20 plus years, we’ve completed hundreds of highly successful long-distance design projects.

What’s involved with your design installation?

Our designers will, of course, keep you updated throughout the process. Approximately three weeks from the installation date, we’ll send you an installation confirmation form to make sure the site is ready and there is no confusion about when we’ll arrive and what is needed.

Our purchasing agents will send all furnishings, rugs, art, etc. to a warehouse near the site and coordinate with them on delivery of all items. Our designers will meet the trucks on site and oversee every detail.

Depending on the project, it takes two to five days to move everything in and install it precisely. On the last day of the install, we’ll all complete a final walk through to make sure everything is to your complete satisfaction. Before leaving, we’ll finish up any final requests. If we need to order something additional, we’ll coordinate everything and keep you updated. At the end, you’ll receive an inventory list and photos. Then, we can all celebrate a spectacular job.

Why should I hire Lita Dirks & Co. over another interior design firm?

Good question. All interior design firms will tell you they’re experienced, professionaland service-oriented. However, Lita Dirks & Co. take it a few steps further. Our exclusive D3 Program offers you additional services for free including:

Floor plan/livability critiques
Curb appeal and entrance recommendations
Marketing and branding input
Sales team walk-throughs of models
Alternative furniture layout suggestions for buyers
Design tips, trends and resources for buyers
Assistance coordinating project professional photography

We take our work very seriously and strive to ensure every collaboration is a success. However, that doesn’t mean this process shouldn’t be enjoyable. It’s our job to make it as easy and fun as possible for everyone involved. Just ask some of our past and current clients.

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