Selecting an architect should be done with care. You’re going to be working with this person for a long time, so you have every right to be choosy. You stand a better chance of being satisfied with the end result by being particular about who you hire. Here’s what to look for:
- Genuine enthusiasm for your project – Everyone wants their project to be a top priority, so you should look for an architect who can give your project the attention it deserves and deliver it on time.
- Ability to work together – Meet the architect who will be working on your project. You need to be sure you both communicate well with each other and get along. Personality conflicts can hinder the design process.
- Ability to handle the size and scope of your project – You may wish to consult a contractor first to discuss cost, feasibility and design coordination. Select two or more firms and ask for references from previous jobs similar to yours. Verify their expertise in your type of project and their ability to complete projects on time and on budget.
- Licensing – A quick call to your local building department will help you confirm that the architect that you are about to hire has an active license. Check the DPOR website: Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation.
As you get your bids, ask for everything to be in writing and make sure you understand the terms and conditions of the work to be done. Know what is included in the price of the estimate.
Here at LPA, we are excited about every project that comes to us. We like to work on projects that we are knowledgeable about, and we like to be very involved. The value we offer is understanding how to take our clients’ needs and deliver inspiring designs.
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