What to Look for when Choosing an Architect

Whether you are building your own home or for sale, choosing the right architect is one of the most important decisions to be made. Architects can help you understand your project better and thus aid in the design. They will study the site, get planning and zoning approvals, help you in working out the financing, and offer many other pre-design services.

The Search

Before hiring an architect, his reputation is important. But finding the right personality is equally important. Some architects advertise great credentials, but you may not agree with them on the stylistic approach or mode of operation. Conversely, there are many good architects who only have a basic degree but can do the job excellently.

You may come across many big and small architect firms. The oldest, tried and tested way of course, is to find one through word of mouth. You may see some work you like and ask about the architects. Or your friend or acquaintance may recommend one. But if not you may have to find one yourself.

Architects can help you understand your project better and thus aid in the design. They will study the site, get planning and zoning approvals, help you in working out the financing, and offer many other pre-design services.Unless you have a good recommendation, it makes sense to contact more than one firm and choose the best. Get in touch with owners of similar projects and find out who they hired and why. If you like a particular building or project, contact the owner and find out who are the architects on the job. Architects’ journals, yellow pages and the internet are places where you may find names of architects and reviews on them.

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