Falling for an interior design scam like the one mentioned above is easy, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience with such companies.
It’s never a good idea to accept offers blindly. Instead, dedicate some time to doing research and getting your most important questions answered before the signing of an agreement.
Remember that reputable companies are not going to contact potential clients or go from door to door, offering their services. Interactions typically happen the other way around. Clients have to get in touch with interior design companies and ask for a quote. If you are getting unsolicited contact from so-called renovators, you should be cautious and alert.
Any offer that appears too good to be true is probably a fraud scheme, as well.
This is the precise mechanism that Carpentry Design Works employed. Because extensive home renovation work can be expensive, many clients are attempting to identify budget-friendly alternatives. Looking for a bargain is far from a bad thing. You should, however, have at least some idea about the cost of interior design and renovation work. Expertise, materials, demolition, clean up, etc. should all be accounted for. Even if you get a discount, it would be impossible for the price quote to fall under a certain threshold.
A reputable interior design company is also not going to ask for a large sum in advance. Clients will get a detailed quote that highlights the work, the cost and the payment schedule. The contract is crafted to protect both the home renovation company and the client. Read the entire document from start to finish before signing anything. You should not be asked for an advance deposit that exceeds 20 to 30 per cent of the overall cost. A larger sum raises a red flag.
You can also learn a lot about an interior design company from the former projects it has carried out, its portfolio and from client testimonials.
Don’t be afraid to ask for referrals. Reputable service providers will be more than happy to cooperate and help you get in touch with their former clients. This way, you can explore the quality of the work and ask key questions about all aspects of the interaction. If you can confirm experience and integrity through the contact with former customers, you can rest assured that the interior design team is capable of delivering exactly what it promises.
Finally, check for licensing and registration. For best results, hire HDB registered renovation contractors. The Housing and Development Board (HDB) has strict criteria for the licensing of professionals in the field. Such certification is a definite sign of quality and adherence to the best industry practices.
The Home Guide team is HDB accredited and we’re also members of CaseTrust and BizSafe. An extensive portfolio exemplifies our ideals and the scope of work that we do. We have partnered up with multiple clients over the past years, executing both large and small interior design projects. Regardless of the scope of renovation work that you need to have done, we can offer personalised and tailored approaches bound to give you the best possible outcome.
Don’t hesitate to contact us today, get your questions answered and learn a bit more about the work that we do.