7 Questions to Ask When Hiring an Architect
Selecting an architect for your building project is an important decision and not one you should make quickly. The person or firm you hire should be an expert in their field, passionate about what they do, a good listener, and a seasoned problem-solver. To help you during your meetings with potential architects, there are a few crucial questions you should ask to guide you in your decision-making.
FROM THE CARDELLO ARCHITECTS TEAM, HERE ARE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU HIRE AN ARCHITECT:
DO YOU HAVE REFERENCES?
Don’t hesitate to ask the architecture firm for past client references and examples of their recent work. You want to be sure they are the right fit for you; understanding how their past clients felt about the process and result can help with your decision. Knowing you’re working with a reliable, expert firm from the start will help you feel at ease and make the entire process much easier.
DO YOU HAVE A SIGNATURE STYLE?
While many architects will say they pride themselves on being adaptable and able to work with any client, most will have a style they would call their “signature,” and that is where they shine. If you’re looking to build a home or business with a certain design, you may want to work with someone who specializes in that area of architecture.
ARE YOU INSURED?
Very simply, it’s essential to be certain your architecture firm is insured and understand what level of insurance they have. Don’t be afraid to ask!
WHO EXACTLY WILL BE HANDLING THE DESIGN?
Unless you’re working with a sole proprietor, there is a possibility the person you initially meet with won’t be handling a bulk of the design work; someone on their team may be in charge of your project. It’s perfectly reasonable that you want to get to know the individual who will manage your project design, so be sure to ask.
WHAT PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER?
Architects can do a whole lot more than just blueprints. Ask your architect firm what other services they offer, including project management, assistance with contractor hiring, design adjustments, site inspections, etc.
WHAT WILL YOUR ROLE IN THE CONSTRUCTION PHASE BE?
Once construction begins, the project will mostly be in the hands of your contractor. However, many architecture firms will recommend you work with contractors they have worked with in the past and consider reliable, but you’ll want to be sure how the firm plans on working with them during the project. In other words, you’ll want to know what further role your architect will be playing in the construction process.
HOW DO YOU CHARGE?
Typically, architects will charge you a percentage of the total project cost. This rate will depend on the project size, the services provided, and the architect themself. Make sure you have a strong understanding of the costs before making any commitments.
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