If you’re thinking about starting the construction process for a new apartment or commercial building, you probably have a lot of questions on your mind. We’ve put together a collection of questions to ask to help you get the most out of your investment.
May I View Your Portfolio?
You can’t predict the future, but your potential architect’s past performance can give you a glimpse of what to expect in terms of quality and reliability. View their portfolio and speak with previous clients. This question is heavily recommended by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and many other industry leaders.
How Can I Help in the Process?
Like any business relationship, communication is essential for success. Letting your potential architect know your needs and what kind of client you are will provide both parties with a platform for easier communication.
“Understanding timelines and workflow helps set our clients at ease knowing they can anticipate certain updates or documents to be sent for their review at a certain timeline.” says noted New York architect Eric Safyan.
Who is Your Insurance Provider?
An uninsured or underinsured architect can cause an enormous headache. It’s always a good idea to check your state’s minimum coverage requirement for licensed architects and seek a potential architect with above average coverage.
Do you Have any Concerns about My Project?
This question will help avoid surprises along the way of the construction process and allow for better collaboration between both the prospecting customer and architect. Sometimes what others want isn’t feasible within budget or structural requirements, but can be modified with an open-minded discussion.
Do you Provide Models?
It can be difficult to visualize your future building from a blueprint, and most people who aren’t in the construction industry will struggle with this. A firm that offers digital 3-D models or physical models of the project can help ensure you’re getting what you expected after the building process is over.
Why Did you Choose This Style & Layout?
Asking your potential architect this question will allow you to get a preview of how they make their decisions in the building and design process. It can also open up discussion about leading to overall improvements to your future build.
If you’d like to ask the Miller team these or any other questions, call, email, fax, or write us a message on our website. We’d be happy to help!