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How does an architect charge their fees? Another question we get asked about a lot and one Kribashini talks to in today's Building with BuildHer podcast.

WELCOME TO SEASON 3 | EPISODE 39

S3 E39_Banner_Architect Charges

how does an architect charge their fees?

in so many ways! let's explore.

It's all about getting a fee proposal

When you’re looking to renovate a property and engage an Architect, you’ll need to obtain a Fee Proposal from them to help you choose who may fit your budget.

This can be quite a tricky stage to navigate as every architect you engage to quote may provide very different costings.

So how does an architect charge?

in this podcast we are talking about how an architect charges for their services

When considering how much to charge, an Architect will comprehensively look at your ‘Fee Proposal’ and your project, so it is very important to give them as much detail as possible.

An Architect can charge as much as they like based on their experience and creative work. Some Architects will give you a lump sum price based on your construction budget, so make sure it’s realistic and accurate.

The Fee Proposal may be broken down into phases:

  • the initial briefing stage;

  • a site measure;

  • the conceptual stage;

  • design development; and

  • the contract and administration stage.

And they can manage the build for you on your behalf.

Remember, you don’t need to engage an Architect for the full scope of the project. If you choose, you can engage them just for the conceptual stage to get ideas.

There are important considerations to review in your Fee Proposal, such as; tax obligations (inclusive or exclusive of tax), hourly rate, and what is defined as ‘out of scope’ works. There are many different ways an Architect will give you a fee proposal.

It’s really important to have an open conversation about the fee and what is included so you truly understand the service you are buying.

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