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Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Architectural Design Service

January 2014

When hiring and working with an Architect, every homeowner needs to know: What services does an Architect commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Architect? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Architectural Design Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Architect - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Architectural Design Service at a fair price?First, decide on ALL product / service options. Compile a list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have at least 2 qualified pros complete detailed bids on the work. Use a written contract that ties payment to verifyable results. Download the Architect Hiring Guide for step-by-step details.
What should I expect to pay for Architectural Design Service?Most Architectural Design Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for an Architect ranges from $134 to $201. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Architect.
Do I need to use a licensed Architect for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?A professional Architect must be licensed to provide most Architectural Design Services. To check an Architect's license status, search the telephone directory or online for your state's professional license board or department. Contact the licensing authority to verify license standing and history for the business and individual.
Should I use an insured Architect for my project?Your Architect should carry adequate liability insurance for work related damages. Your Architect should also have workman's compensation insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Architect need to be bonded?A bond is generally not required for Architectural Design Service.

Architect - Services

An Architect can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common Architectural Design Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:

Architect - Finding and Hiring

Not every Architect has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding an Architect matched to the specific requirements of your job - not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence. Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Architect to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Architect - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with an Architect. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Architect. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Architect's standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:



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