There are some interior designers that are general practitioners, which means that they do not have a specialty, but will work in all areas of interior design.  There are other designers who will be highly specialized in one area of design, such as residential kitchen design, or commercial office design.Unless the project does not require a high degree of specialty, choosing a designer that is specialized in the residential interior design services required for the project is the best option for most individuals.Although a specialist in the field will usually cost more, the results of the work will usually be more to the individual’s satisfaction.

Licensing and Contracts

The best residential interior design companies will require that all of their interior designers be licensed through the state licensing board in all states where that company works.  There are some companies that use interns and find other ways to get around the licensing laws, but individuals needing a residential interior design service should be sure that the intern is always working with a licensed interior designer.  The licensing exam that is required by most states is the NCIDQ examination.  The NCIDQ is a non profit organization that helps to ensure that high standards are met in the interior design field.

The licensing exam covers several different areas of residential interior design services such as programming, schematic design, contracts, design development and professional practices.  In order to qualify to take the exam, the individual must have at least six years of experience in the field of interior design, which can include the coursework for interior design as well as working in the field under a licensed practitioner.

Once a residential interior design service has been chosen, then the individual will work with the interior designer on the scope of work for the project.  In this way, both parties are clear on the expectations for the project and the scope of work and the estimated expenses are all laid out in a contract.Once the contract is agreed upon and signed, neither party can change the scope of work without talking to the other party and coming to another written agreement as to the addendum to the work.  The contracts serve as protection for both parties so that the residential interior design service gets paid and the individual does not have to pay more than the agreed upon sum of money for the design project.

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