Whether your home is a vintage fixer-upper or a brand-new, blank canvas, there are many things you need to consider before redecorating your abode. Many homeowners have an intricate design plan in mind; others know that they just want to remodel, but do not have a clue where to begin. In either case, the successful completion of such a massive project could benefit from the services of a professional decorator.

Here are a few reasons why you may need to hire a professional decorator:

 You do not have any personal time (i.e., you are always busy with work and family).
 You cannot decide on a color scheme or a pattern.
 You want to recreate a room that you saw on an HGTV show or in a home decor magazine, but you are unsure how to do it.
 You want a one-of-a-kind design.
 You have acquired many different pieces of furniture over the years and are unsure on how to make them work together in the same space.

There are lots of advantages to hiring a decorator. Many professionals offer you assistance in areas in which you may have very little knowledge. They can advise you of the latest decorating trends and provide you with the newest products on the market. And because of their numerous business contacts, decorators may even be able to find materials and gadgets at lower, discounted rates.

Before hiring a professional decorator, follow these general guidelines:

 Check his or her reputation. Find out if previous clients are satisfied with the work that was done to their homes. Feel free to ask for references. After all, this is a job interview.

 Look into his/her experience. Does your professional decorator have any training? Most professionals will have a college degree or some type of education involving interior design. You may also want to ask to see samples of their work.

 Ask questions. Do not hesitate to ask questions. THEY work for YOU. Find out what ideas your professional decorator has for your home. Decorators typically offer different perspectives on color schemes and design layouts.

Remember, the final say is yours, and you can change your mind at any time. Professional decorators are there to enhance your vision, not to completely alter it. With a few suggestions, lots of tips and an expert opinion, you are sure to love your newly decorated home.