To a new home buyer, nothing is more exciting than watching their property change from old to new. Every idea and vision that they have for their home will come together before their eyes. This doesn’t magically happen, as much as we might like, rather, it takes a professional who can work their own little bit of magic to get things done. A professional will be able to mesh those wants and needs into a cohesive home while still managing the budget.
Picking the right architect for your NJ project may seem a bit overwhelming, but if you know what to look for in a professional, it will make your life a whole lot easier.
Scour home-advising websites
In our great age of internet technology, there are multitudes of websites that will allow you to search for reputable professionals in your area. Many of them will have reviews posted with real accounts from previous customers so you can see a first-hand account of how they worked with prior clients. Even better, clients could post images of their completed projects so you can see the end result.
The great thing about these websites is that you can specify what type of professional you are looking for and target a specific location. However, don’t feel limited to choosing someone in your community. In this era of email and Skype, it’s not uncommon for an architect to work remotely on a project.
Additionally, once you find a professional you think might work well for your project, try to find out if they have a website. A personalized website can provide you with all kinds of information on their previous work and what is important to his or her design practice.
Stress your budget
The client-architect relationship is very important and should be a bit personal. This person will be creating content to fit your needs and that of your family, so knowing more about you and your likes and dislikes will make their job much easier. With that being said, the budget is an extremely important factor in who you decide to choose as your architect. The budget you have in mind should cover not only the amount of the project but also the fees associated with hiring a professional. Architects will usually charge anywhere between 5% to 20% of the total project cost. This is dependent upon the services provided to you, the complexity of your project, and how well known the architect. Having a discussion about your budget and what the architect will charge is rather important and probably should be one of the first things discussed during an initial conversation.
Any good architect will have a list of other professionals that they have worked with. This list could prove invaluable to you during your project. After all, it’s not just the architect that will be working. It will take a village of various professionals such as general contractors, electricians, plumbers, landscapers, and designers to bring everything to life. And an architect with connections is something you may want to consider. You don’t need a laundry list, but if an architect has a small grouping of other professionals that they use regularly, it could make things easier for you and your wallet.
Knowing that your architect is close with other professionals could also get you some discounts. But more importantly, you’re getting professionals that have been vetted by your architect. This means there is a greater chance that they will do everything they can to ensure your project goes off without a hitch. In the end, it’s not just your project on the line. Their relationship with the architect is something they want to maintain so they can have repeat business.