When Does My Remodel Require an Architect?

From on June 21, 2010 in General Remodel

Know when to bring in the big guns.

Before attempting a massive remodel, you should find the best possible way to maximize your home’s potential. This means deciding when to go it alone, and when to arm yourself with a competent team. Here’s how to know when to call an architect.

Are your changes structural or cosmetic?

architectural helpDoes your remodeling project require altering the roof, windows, doors, walls, or plumbing in your home? If so, then you probably need some professional help. Many architects will offer a free first consultation, so it certainly won’t hurt to get a second opinion.

If, on the other hand, your project doesn’t require significant changes to the existing structure, you may just need the help of a competent interior designer. For even smaller changes, DIY could be a viable option.

Are you remodeling with the intent to sell?

For higher returns on your investment, bring a real estate agent on board. They can help you decide what fits in with your neighborhood and exactly how it’ll affect your sale price.

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But if you aren’t convinced that remodeling will help in the selling process, an architect can develop plans to show buyers your home’s potential. They can map out an accurate estimate of how much the remodel would cost and how much the home would be worth afterward. This ensures that you don’t make unnecessary changes that buyers wouldn’t be interested in. You can even take it a step further and ask if your real estate agent would be willing to pay for the architectural fees using a percentage of their commission.

Are you remodeling hoping for an immediate return?

First of all, beware that receiving a 100-percent immediate return is rare for remodeling projects. It will generally take a few years to make back the money that you spent, and even then it still depends somewhat on the economy.

If you’re looking for ways to raise your home’s value while living there, however, you should consult an architect. Not only are they able to see the bigger picture, but they can put you in touch with the proper professionals to do the job.

Most importantly, don’t cut corners on large remodeling projects. If you don’t have a budget that allows for some professional consultations, put it off until you do. There’s nothing more frustrating than realizing halfway through a project that you aren’t the right person for the job.

Photo Credit: GBS Designs & OC Remodel