Choosing an architect is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The person or firms you select will the brains of the entire project – meaning they must solve design problems, communicate constantly, and keep an eye on your budget.
So what to you ask an architect before you hire them? Here are six questions to ask before hiring.
1. What are the major challenges of an Architect? What is your signature style?
Many Architects are able to provide beautiful portfolios and great references. But this doesn’t ensure how they will approach your design. Here are a few questions to ask for your project:
- What works and what is needed to be improved?
- Will the remodel blend with the rest of the home?
- Are there any challenges to be expected?
Ask these questions early on to avoid conflict and ensure that your personalities are compatible.
2. What services do you provide?
Professional Architects offer more than blueprints and design. Most firms offer the following:
- Project management
- Contractor referral
- Handle documents from contractors
- Adjustments in design
Ask your architect what services they provide and the costs. Services like revisions and site inspections should be included in the contract.
3. What percentage will you charge?
Architects charge a usual percentage of the total cost. This can be anywhere from 5-20%, depending on the provided services, job, and reputation of the architect. Architects tend to bill monthly as the payment starts as soon as they start.
Most billing options can work well, depending on the client. The important factor is how you can manage your budget.
4. Will you recommend preferred general contractors?
Established architects have worked with many contractors during their experience. They should be able to provide reliable general contractors and help you evaluate bids and portfolios.
Knowing what to ask will help guide you in your decisions of hiring an architect. It is a great idea to search for multiple bids to help give you some idea of what you’re looking for in your ultimate pick.