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

December 2021

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

Q How do I get good Architectural Design Service work at a fair price?

A First, decide on ALL product / service options. Compile a list of work and quality requirements. Have at least 2 qualified pros complete detailed bids on the work. Use a written contract that ties payment to verifiable results.

Q What should I expect to pay for Architectural Design Service?

A 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 $230 to $345 in most parts of the country. 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.

Q Do I need to use a licensed Architect for my job?

A 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.

Q Should I use an insured Architect for my project?

A 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.

Q Does my Architect need to be bonded?

A A bond is generally not required for Architectural Design Service.


Architect - Common Projects

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

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