An architect will be the driving force in the practicality of your home. That’s what we are truly after, right?
We want a home that will be simple, energy efficient, cost efficient, and reliable. So, how do you find and select the right architect for your project?
The best way to find an architect is by referrals from friend or family. If you are referred to an architect, the referrers can give you great insight as for what you can expect of the architect’s professionalism. If your family and friends don’t know any architects, maybe you know a real estate broker, interior designer, or real estate appraiser who has a contact for you?
If all else fails, start with associations. Every profession has an association that members in that profession are involved in. Architects are no different. Contact the local office of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and try to cross reference its local members with the Better Business Bureau. A large number of architects belong to AIA, and this is a great way to find an architect.
Here are some points to remember when selecting your architect:
- Make sure to get a list of references you can contact (excluding friends and family).
- Make sure you are comfortable with the architects fees.
- Will your architect be available for on site consultations?
- Does the architect know local building codes and regulations?
- Does the architect have professional liability insurance called EEO (errors and omissions). This is to protect you, the client, if the architect is negligent.
Armed with these simple steps, finding an architect for your project should be a fairly simple process!
This article is provided by Sherman Lambert of Home-Plans-Advisor.com. His home plans website is a guide into home design, home styles, and home building. It supplies information needed to make informed decisions when considering taking on a home building or remodeling project.
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