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Architectural Draftsperson

Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Drafting, Drawing and Blueprint Service

January 2014

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

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

Architectural Draftsperson - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Drafting, Drawing and Blueprint Service at a fair price?Find an Architectural Draftsperson that (i) has recently provided good work to someone you trust and (ii) passes a background services screening test. Compile a COMPLETE, detailed list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have the Architectural Draftsperson prepare a "not to exceed" estimate. Agree on the final price, sign a complete written agreement (see below) before any work begins.
What should I expect to pay for Drafting, Drawing and Blueprint Service?Most Drafting, Drawing and Blueprint Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for an Architectural Draftsperson ranges from $27 to $41. 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 Architectural Draftsperson.
Do I need to use a licensed Architectural Draftsperson for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?A professional Architectural Draftsperson must be licensed to provide most Drafting, Drawing and Blueprint Services. To check an Architectural Draftsperson'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 Architectural Draftsperson for my project?Your Architectural Draftsperson should carry adequate liability insurance for work related damages. Your Architectural Draftsperson should also have workman's compensation insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Architectural Draftsperson need to be bonded?A bond will protect the homeowner if the terms of the contract are not met by the Architectural Draftsperson. A bond is recommended for any work over $500. Make sure that your Architectural Draftsperson's bond is valid and that the bond limit will cover the cost of completing or re-doing the work, before any work begins.

Architectural Draftsperson - Services

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

Architectural Draftsperson - Finding and Hiring

Not every Architectural Draftsperson 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 Architectural Draftsperson 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 Architectural Draftsperson to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Architectural Draftsperson - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

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

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