Here’s a warning for hiring any professional to do anything.
1. Always get everything in writing and don’t take anything for granted.
Get the estimate on how much it will cost. Don’t assume anything.
2. Does the professional’s personality hit you the wrong way? Don’t sweat. Show her the door.
3. Also, get the weasel clause in place early so you can say "sayonra". That way you will be able to make your move if you need to.
I think a very strong heads up should hit you when your professional _____([tag-ice]interior decorator[/tag-ice], [tag-tec]contractor[/tag-tec], architect,etc) tells you that she or he will be picking out several samples and you can choose from those.
As if you just can’t handle greater choices. Mercy.
And if you ask to go along on the fishing expeditions and she proclaims you shouldn’t, don’t forget whose money she’s spending.
The article How I Got Fired by My [tag-self]Interior Decorator[/tag-self] gives us a glimpse of what can go wrong and how you can quickly reach a solution.