The first place is to ask for recommendations from friends and family. They are only going to recommend someone who they know is good to deal with and does a good job. They’ll be able to offer some great insight into the person or business and provide great feedback and information. If possible enquire about viewing some of their work so you can see examples of their finished product.
Secondly is to do some research online. The internet is such a fantastic source of information and particularly beneficial for finding other people’s opinions about goods and services, particularly where the trades are involved. There are many sites that offer a review service specifically for different industries and most people are happy to provide both good and bad reviews whereas historically we have always been more inclined to put pen to paper, so to speak, when we were disgruntled, nowadays we are also happy to endorse businesses we feel have provided great service.
Once you have found a couple of house designers that seem to offer great service visit their website as these will have even more information about their services and also examples of their work. If you like the look of their previous work then it’s a good idea to make an appointment to meet with them and discuss your ideas. You can make a decision about whether you think you can work with them from the meeting.
Designing and building a home is a very stressful process, no matter how organised all the parties are things will go wrong, so you need to know you can rely on the house designer, who may well also be project manager, to find solutions to this problems for you. Additionally you are going to be investing a lot of time and money into the project and you don’t want to start with any doubts. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to make sure that you are completely happy with the house designers, their work and their service.