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How to Hire an Architect

This guide was prepared after seeing so many people struggle with understanding the design and construction process. This process can seem like a complex and frightening roadblock for those who haven’t been through it before.

The first and most important step is to find and hire your architect.

You may be wondering: how do I find the right architect for my project? Do I really need to hire an architect? How much are architect’s fees? What about contractors?

And most importantly:

What are the key, critical steps I need to take to ensure that I hire the architect that is the perfect match for my project?

In the following pages, you will discover the answers to these questions – and more.
We hope you enjoy this guide and look forward to your feedback on the contents.

How to Hire a Contractor

In this free guide, you’ll learn:

  • How to find contractors
  • Questions for the candidates
  • How to check references and then some
  • Cementing a relationship
  • The bidding process
  • Contracting for construction
  • and much more…

I prepared this guide after seeing so many people struggle with understanding how and when to hire a general contractor. This process can seem like a complex and frightening roadblock for those who haven’t been through it before.

This guide will help to simplify the process.

Hiring the best general contractor for your project is an extremely important decision. That choice will determine the quality of craftsmanship and the timely completion, within budget, of the project. It will also minimize emotional stress and surprise extra costs.

All projects vary in complexity, cost and duration. A simple project may require only interviewing one or two contractors. For an expensive high-end project, it would be beneficial to research a larger number of reputable firms specializing in that level of work.

It is advisable to bring in a contractor early in the design process to ensure you
won’t be building more than you can afford. Depend on your architect for advice
during this process.

This guide contains the considerations and questions for interviewing and hiring a reputable professional contractor in your area.

How to Prepare for your Design Project

A good working relationship with your architect is based on open, honest communication. This starts with a good brief that helps the architect understand your expectations, preferences, budget, wants, needs, aspirations and goals.

If your expectations are not clearly outlined and understood by all parties, you run the risk of spending unnecessary money, project complications, and costly delays. The designer and contractor will struggle to understand what to include when pricing your project.
A well thought-out design brief is the foundation for a successful project. This guide will help you cover critical aspects of a design brief.

10 Mistakes to Avoid when Developing a Commercial Project

For a successful commercial project, there are 10 mistakes you must avoid. This guide goes into detail about each one.

Here are 5 of the 10 things to not do:

1. No experience
2. Not having proper documents & site studies
3. Not considering other site development options
4. Unrealistic views on time, cost, and quality
5. Lack of clarity of needs and expectations

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