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    Architect budget tips


    How can I make sure that an architect will complete a project within a set budget? How do I avoid common misunderstandings or/and ensure that the project goes as smoothly as possible?

    Asked by Julie on 1st Nov 2021
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    "Dear Julie,
    The architect will do the feasibility, planning and technical Building Regulation drawings. and possibly propose a programme. The builder will quote the price according to the architect's drawings and accept or agree on the programme with you. If your architect is commissioned to do site inspections then he will advise you on project progress. The best way to ensure that the project progresses smoothly is to commission your architect to do site inspections and upfront agree on the schedule of payments to the Builder and pay him as he completes different stages of your project which are confirmed by the architect. That will ensure that you are in control and if the builder does not finish the particular stage of works, he does not get paid. Of course, you have to be fair and allow for some unforeseen things which may happen on-site and affect the builder's price. That is why we always recommend to our clients to allow for contingency sum (approx 10-15%) when budgeting for the project. Hope this helps."

    Answered on 1st Nov 2021 - Member since Aug 2021 - report

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