This case isn’t an isolated example of scammers taking advantage of people who would like to get a cost-efficient home renovation.
Interior design fraud schemes typically feature low prices or much more favourable conditions than what other companies would be capable of providing. As a result, many people gullibly believe that they’ll get a brand new home by spending solely a fraction of the amount required to carry out a typical renovation.
A general rule of thumb to follow is that an offer that appears too good to be true probably is.
To protect yourself, always choose a reputable interior design company. It’s even better to get a recommendation from a friend or a person you know who has already relied on the services of the respective provider.
If you’re being asked for a very large upfront sum, you should also be cautious. There have been some scammers getting 80 to 90 per cent of the agreed-upon sum in the first weeks of project execution. After the payment is done, all work on the project stops and the home owner is left wondering how to deal with the consequences.
Online reviews can become another valuable and beneficial source of information.
Multiple clients mentioning the same issues or positives about working with a specific Singapore interior design company can help you rest assured that the information is trustworthy. Always look for reviews from multiple sources. Avoid the overly-positive and exceptionally negative testimonials. Actual customers will usually share both the positive and the negative aspects of hiring a specific interior designer (unless the contractor did an exceptionally bad job).
Finally, get a detailed contract that lists the full nature of the work that will have to be done. An interior design project contract will also highlight the deadline for the completion of various project stages, as well as the amount the client will have to pay before or after the completion of each stage.
Your contract should also highlight the sanctions and fines for a failure to meet the agreement terms and conditions. This way, you can rest assured that you’ll be compensated (even if you have to go to court) for any aspect of the interior design project execution that doesn’t follow the initial specifications.
Choose interior design companies that have been around for a long time and that have dozens of satisfied clients to eliminate the risk of fraud schemes completely.
Home Guide was established in 1992 and ever since, the size of our residential portfolio has been growing. We’ve worked with numerous clients through the years, helping them bring their specific renovation vision to reality.
Do not hesitate to contact Home Guide and let us know about the work that needs to be done. We will assess the condition of your Singapore home and give you an accurate estimate of the amount required to get the job done.