Are you looking to hire a residential architect for your home project? If so, don’t just hire the first name you come across. First check out these ten tips for hiring a residential architect.

Are you making renovations or upgrades to your home? Then you’ll probably need to hire a residential architect.

Today’s Americans are investing more money in home improvements than ever before. The U.S. housing shortage has caused many people to decide to improve the home they already have, rather than selling and then buying a new one. But this isn’t a bad thing – renovations are a wonderful way to enjoy the home you already have.

In 2016, U.S. residents spent $296 billion on home improvements, and the spending amount has grown since then. Are you looking to join the trend? One of the most important ways to make sure you’re happy with the results is to hire a great residential architect. In this guide, we’ll show you how – keep reading to learn more.

1. Be Open to Suggestions

You’re hiring an architect because you want the work of a professional. Even though you’ll have your own ideas about how your home should look in the end, make sure you’re open to listening to their professional suggestions, too.

Sometimes, you need to be flexible to help the job get done right. Architects have spent years studying design, building codes, structural integrity, and other relevant aspects of the job. When you hire them, you’re hiring their knowledge. Make sure you’re willing to use it.

If they have ideas to make the project go better, listen with an open mind, even if you don’t go with their ideas in the end. You might be surprised by the helpful ideas they can offer that you’d never have thought of.

2. Consider the Timeline

When you hire an architect, know that they won’t be able to start work on your home immediately. A lot of pieces need to be in place before the work can begin.

They’ll start by establishing a timeframe, which might not look like what you had in mind. The less you’re in a hurry, the better.

Certain issues like building rights might have to get resolved so your project can start, too. No matter what, the timeline needs to be flexible to get the best work possible done. Getting work done on your home is a long process with many steps.

Consider your own timeline before getting started. If you have a deadline in mind, make sure you hire the architect in plenty of time to meet it.

3. Balance Your Budget

Hiring a good residential architect won’t be cheap. To avoid trouble along the way, make sure you outline your budget from the beginning. Talk to the architect before you get started and make sure they can meet your budget needs.

Make limits about the extent of the work clear, and be clear about when and how payment will be made too. Don’t forget to keep the timeframe in mind as you plan, since that can have a major impact on your budget.

4. Look at the Long Term

No matter how quickly you want the project done, a good residential architect should be thinking about the long-term outcomes – and so should you.

You want your renovations to last, so you aren’t pouring more money into them in just a few years. You also want your home to look classic, not dated. Going big on of-the-moment trends can harm you if you want to sell your home in the future.

Your architect should offer suggestions that will help now, and also add value to your home for the future. Make sure they’re considering structural integrity and keeping your home sound and safe for the future, too.

5. Make Sure You’re Comfortable

If you hire an architect, you’ll likely be working with them over a long period of time, since most (good) renovations don’t go fast. It’s important that you feel comfortable working with them in a professional capacity for the long haul.

Do they make you feel like they’ll safely take care of your needs and wants? A good way to find someone who you know will be good to work with is to ask your network for recommendations. Don’t forget to ask for photos of their prior work, too.

When you can see and hear how they’ve worked with people in the past, you’ll have a better idea of what your experience will be like.

6. Use Their Team

For more elaborate and involved projects, the architect might need to hire a team to help get the job done. This can mean you’ll have to pay more for more hands on deck, or even for a whole architectural firm.

Don’t be surprised if the architect you hire decides they need to bring on a team. If you’ve hired a reliable architect that you trust, you should feel confident that they’re doing the best thing for your home. However, you should still research everyone involved in the project and make sure you’ll be happy to work with them, too.

7. Prepare for Mess

Building almost always involves demolishing what’s old to make room for what’s new. This can mean your home is going to be a mess for a while after the project gets underway.

Before you hire a residential architect, talk to them to get an idea of what the demolition process will look like, and how your home will be affected. Make sure to check if you’ll have to move out for a period of time (this can seriously affect your budget). Ask about noise interruptions, and what hours they plan to be on-site.

Ready to Hire a Residential Architect?

Hiring a residential architect is a valuable investment in the future of your home. Renovations can help you enjoy your space more now, and make it more competitive on the market should you decide to sell.

Because there’s so much at stake, you need to do your research and make sure you hire the best architect for the job. Follow these steps, and you’ll be well on your way.

Ready to learn more about our team? Find out why we’re a great choice for your residential project here.