How to find a New Jersey architect in just a few hoursYou’ve decided to add on to your New Jersey home. You’ve calculated your budget. You know what you want, and you want to hire an architect right now. By following these tips, you will be able to sort through potential architects and hire one in just a few hours so that you can get started on your construction project.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The AIA allows individuals to search for an architect in their local area. All you have to do is input your city and state or zip code and property type and click search. The AIA search engine will show you all of the registered architects in the area. Some entries even have a firm profile with past projects you can view. From this list of AIA registered architects, choose four or five you’d like to research further.

New Jersey Better Business Bureau (BBB)

The BBB’s search engine allows you to search by business name and location. From the list you created using the AIA directory for Morristown and Montclair, you should look for New Jersey architects that are BBB accredited. Being BBB accredited means the business must adhere to fair and honest business practices and successfully resolve all complaints. You want the business to have an A or an A+ rating. If they have complaints, especially unresolved complaints, it is important to read those complaints and any resolutions to see if this is a company you want to work with on your project.

Choose Three Architects from the Morristown or Montclair Areas

From your list of potential architects near Morristown or Montclair, choose three you would like to call and meet with in person. It is very important to both vet them on the phone and in-person. Once you hire your architect, you will be spending a lot of time in their office and on the phone discussing your plans and viewing design ideas. You want to make sure that your personality and the architects personality mesh.

During your meeting, ask to see designs and photographs of finished projects. If you are renovating or adding to an older home, you’ll want to make sure the architect has experience with older homes.

Discuss Fees and Services

Individual architects in Montclair, Glen Ridge, Cedar Grove and the surrounding areas charge different fees for their services. Make sure you understand the architect’s fee schedule and the services provided before you make a final decision. If you need to, ask for a printout of fees and services and other documents you can take with you to help you make a final decision. This works even better if the architect can give you a detailed project estimate.

Hire an Architect in Cedar Grove

Think about all the architects you’ve spoken with, review their fees and services and look at your estimates. The cost to hire the architect should not be the deciding factor. Instead, you should look at the total package, review their past work and think about how well you meshed with each architect. Once you’ve thought about all the variables, including the architects experience and personality, hire your architect. This will save you time and money in getting your construction plans developed and finalized, and your architect may even be able to help you find a builder.

Many architects work with builders, and they know which builders are best for certain types of renovations and home additions. If needed, your architect may even be willing to function as a project manager.

If you would like to talk to an architect immediately, you can call Prime Draft Studio in Cedar Grove, NJ at 201-303-9584. We serve the areas of Morristown, Montclair, Livingston and Maplewood as well as the surrounding areas.

4 Ways To Find The Best NJ Architect For Your Project

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