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7 Steps to Hiring an Architect
  1. 1. Find potential architectural services that have specialized in the design that you want. Consider the possible cost of the service while short-listing the companies.

  2. 2. Find out if the company has a signature style, and ensure it can be tailored to suit your interests and style. For good communication throughout the project life, ask for a dedicated person for your project.

  3. 3. Inquire about getting help to solicit bids from qualified contractors for your project. The company should help you choose a contractor who meets your needs in terms of cost, schedule, and quality.

  4. 4. Check the list of management services — and the possible cost — the company offers. Some essential services include design adjustments, project assessment, invoice review, and obtaining lien waivers.

  5. 5. Opt for architects who provide three-dimensional drawings, which are viewable from different angles. This means an architect is up-to-date on the latest building design techniques.

  6. 6. Discuss the cost concerns for your specific design. For a remodeling project, an architect should modify your current design to save you a few dollars.

  7. 7. Ask for references to determine the success of their prior projects. Find out if their former clients were satisfied with the services they offered.

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