If you need an architect for a home improvement project, it’s important to get the right one. This will help you get good work for a price you’re happy with.
If you’re not sure how to get the best pro for you, keep reading. We’ve put together some handy tips on picking an architect.
Choosing a professional
If you’re keen to get the right professional for your project, there are several simple things you can do.
Research customer reviews
If you can, try to find pros with plenty of positive customer reviews. This makes it more likely that they’ll do a good job on your project. If you can’t find any reviews for them, try asking them for references. It’s important to see some examples of a pro’s previous work before you ask them to do yours.
Avoid cold callers
Avoid hiring professionals who turn up at your home without an appointment. You can’t be sure about their identity or their skills. Instead, to help you find reliable pros try using our service or asking friends or family for suggestions.
Get proof of insurance, company name and address
Ask pros for proof of insurance, company name and address before you hire them. If they don’t have insurance then you could end up in a sticky situation if something goes wrong with their work. You also need proof of who they are so you know they’re legitimate and can always get in touch with them.
Request multiple quotes
If you want to get a good professional at a fair price, it’s very important to get quotes from lots of different pros. You can then compare them and work out what an average price is. Avoid quotes that are unusually high or low as you might not get the service you want.
Ask pros to visit your property to quote
It’s difficult to get a reliable quote if you don’t ask professionals to come round to your property. Your project is likely to get going much more quickly and smoothly if you ask pros to come to your home rather than getting quotes over the phone.
Picking an architect
There are a few things that are particularly important to do when you’re picking an architect.
Confirm that they’re ARB-registered
All architects need to be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). It’s illegal to call yourself an architect without this registration. You can look up a professional here to check whether they are an ARB-registered architect.
Find out if they’re a member of RIBA
It’s also a good idea to find out whether an architect is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects – if they call themselves a chartered architect then they should be. You don’t need to be chartered to be a good architect, but if you hire a member of RIBA then they’re more likely to do quality work.
These tips should help you when you’re picking an architect for your project. If you’re struggling to find professionals in your area, complete our online form and we’ll connect you with up to 4 local architects.