If in your hunt for the perfect architect you’ve found one who’s offering an incredibly cheap service, you might be thinking: is this too good to be true?
At Resi, we’ve made it our mission to create a service for the everyday homeowner. This includes pricing our services to make them affordable, letting no penny go to waste. That being said, we still want to hire the best architects, surveyors, and technicians. We also want to make sure you’re getting the attention you deserve, that means plenty of communication, and designs unique to your home. Because of this dedication to quality, our prices aren’t always the cheapest when compared to small local architect practices.
So what’s the harm in scrimping on a little quality for a good price? With architecture influencing the rest of your project, cutting corners at this stage can have some serious consequences for your home.
Here’s why you should think twice about those too good to be true quotes:
Hidden costs down the line
Architecture has many stages. From initial drafts, to preparing your planning package, planning support, all the way to drawing up your building regulations package. And because of these stages, some practices like to offer up cheap deals early on, knowing they’ll be able to recoup these costs further down the line by charging much larger fees for their building regulations service.
So before you jump on a fantastic upfront deal, it’s worth inquiring about future packages. At Resi, we’re clear about our costs from the get go, including the subsequent payment plan. Make sure you’re getting the same level of care, so you don’t get caught out by hidden fees down the line.
Whether you’re extending, converting, or renovating your home, you’ll likely be investing a good amount of money into the project - no matter how cheap your architect.
So with all the money going into construction, materials, and labour, why suffer from poor design? No matter how great the rest of your efforts, if the space is badly designed, there’s no way to come back from that. Space won’t be maximised, giving you less for your money, and the price of your home won’t go up as much as it could. In fact, a badly designed space can even be off putting for future buyers, even bringing the worth of your home down.