Wondering how to find a good architect for your project? Nothing is as exciting and satisfying as building a beautiful home from scratch or watching the old one get a whole new look before your very own eyes. The outcome of the project, however, will be heavily influenced by the architect you hire. It is his/her plan that dictates the eventual appearance of the home, plus the total financial costs involved in the construction. Here are a few tips to help you find the right person.
- Ask for referrals
Word of mouth is a good way to get names of these professionals in your area. Ask family ,friends or neighbors whether they can recommend the architect they worked with .Take time to inquire about the professionalism, cost and quality of the work done. While you don’t have to hire the same person , you will get something to work with.
- Look at their previous work
Like other professionals, most architects have profiles and/or websites which can be very useful resources when it comes to the evaluation process .Try to find samples of their previous work. Look for any similarities in design, quality, material motifs and other aspects that can give you a clue of how their work turns out. That way, you can be able to determine if they’re suited to your own project.
- Schedule an interview
Once you have a few names of possible candidates for your project , it’s time to meet them and engage in a conversation. The initial consultation can happen in the office or out on the project site and should be absolutely free (make sure to ask this before scheduling anything). You should ideally carry a list of questions to ask the professional; Have you handled a similar project before? What approach would you take in this project?
- What are their fees?
Before deciding on anyone for your project, be sure to inquire what and how they charge for the project. Some architects work with hourly rates while others may ask for a flat rate (typically for smaller jobs). Others will charge as a specified percentage of the total costs (typically for large jobs) with an upfront payment to cover the initial design. While still at it, remember to request for rough estimates of the expected construction costs. You can use these to see who charges what you have budgeted for or are comfortable paying.
Since construction projects are often huge investments, it’s very important to get things right the first time, including the people who will handle the project. Follow these simple tips on how to find a good architect to make a wise choice.…