Getting a new website is exciting and often a nerve wracking time for small businesses. You have to input quite a chunk of money before you see any results, and with poor execution, a new website can end up being a bit of a disaster.
It is vital that you do your research before booking any designers to create your site.
do you want your website design team to be in a location nearby, or are you happy for them to be fairly remote, or even in a different country? It is perfectly possible for you to get a great website made by people who are not nearby, and these can often be better value for money than those within your city (London is a prime example!).
Check the designer portfolio before you commit to them. If you see that all their designs are pretty samey, or a bit dull, you might want to look elsewhere! You want your website to truly reflect you and your brand, not the design capabilities of your web team.
Finally, agree on a price BEFORE you sign on the dotted line. Chances are there will be some additional bits and bobs which need charging for at the end, but if you have a written agreement on the overall cost of the web build, you will invariably stick to this price.