8 Questions a decorator or stager should ask their potential design clients

I have found that when I meet a new client for the first time, I am filled with anxiety and it feels like I am holding my breath the entire meeting.   I'm so eager to get this new business started and I want to present my best effort from the onset without the anxiety. The cause for my anxiety is even though I am new to the design world I don't want to appear like an amateur in front of potential clients.  Luckily, for me I have only had one disastrous meeting with a potential client and their ideas were all over the place and they didn't have a realistic idea of what things actually cost.  I didn't help the matter any because I didn't gather information about them ahead of time so I could present a better design.  So after speaking with some of my mentors in the business world.  They gave me some solid advice, they told me to gather as much information as I can about the client.  OK, I learned my lesson and did my homework.  So I made a questionnaire that has become a client saver!  My hope is that with this questionnaire clients will have a better concept of what they want and any images they bring are always helpful.  Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook are my hands down favorite sites to locate these images.  My goal is to gather as much information from the client beforehand so I can come to them with a design concept that meets their needs, wants and budget.  Try asking yourself these questions if you design or decorate a space in your own home it will help keep you focused.

  1. What are you looking for from this project?
  2. What designs have caught your eye?
  3. What is your budget?  How do you want to spend?
  4. What is your time frame?
  5. Is there anything design-wise I should be made aware of?
  6. Who is the decision maker for the design?
  7. What amount for an item do you consider expensive? inexpensive?
  8. Do you make decisions quickly or do you need time to make decisions?  *agreed time will put in contract*
Until next time Loves!

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