If you’re considering remodeling or renovating your home, you need to hire the right people to assist you. When choosing an architect for home improvement projects, who do you hire? Is it enough to choose an architect with 20 plus years of experience? Or, should they simply have all licenses and insurance to perform the project you want to hire them for? Before you take the plunge and choose who you’ll hire for renovations, consider some of these important tips to finding the best architect out there.
Budget and Timeline Matter
Sure, you can hire a world-class architect, that will renovate your dream home into existence. But, at what cost? You need to consider your budget. Do you have $100,000 to spend, or do you have $20,000 to spend (or less)? Is this project something that the architect can finish by the end of the year for the holiday season, or are they booked until 2025 with major projects?
Make sure your expectations, timeline, and your budget, align with the architect’s you plan on hiring.
A great architect isn’t hard to find. A quick Google search will turn up dozens of local professionals virtually anywhere you live. But, that doesn’t mean they’re the best for the type of work you want completed. Ask locally. If you know friends/family that had work done, that you really loved in their home, ask who they hired and which other architects they got quotes from. Find out which architects worked in the local area and on other homes/renovations you really like. This will allow you to find the best fit, for the type of renovation you want done in your home.
Detail is Paramount
Many architects look at the big picture, but don’t listen to what’s important to you. Minute details matter. If something is very important to you in a renovation project, even if it isn’t a big deal in the grand scheme of the renovation, is the architect listening to your needs? Talk to a few architects, find out how much detail work they do, and how in-depth the quality of their work is. It’ll make a difference.
There are several great architects out there, but a great architect, or a world-renowned professional, doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get what you’re looking for in your home renovation project. Before you hire, consider these simple tips to ensure you find the best architect to renovate your home.