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Update: Ideally, the best time to call in an architect for your home remodel is right near the beginning of the project. The problem is, the longer you engage an architect for, and the less pre-planning you have done yourself, the more money it is going to cost you. To cut down on the amount of time you’ll need an architect to plan your project, try and get a clear vision of what you want from your remodel. There’s plenty of design websites that can help you, and even design software such as Homestyler that will allow you to visualize the end result more easily.

The right time to contact an architect is in the beginning of a remodeling project. But don’t call an architect too soon; it can be a waste of your time and money. You should first gather and organize your thoughts, ideas and expectations. This will allow you to better explain your goals and present your expectations with greater clarity to the architect. You will also be better prepared to understand your architects suggestions, questions and comments.

The first step you should take when preparing to hire an architect is to get a good idea of the changes you want to make, the extent of the remodel, building permits required, the kind of work required from the builder, what your home is worth currently and what it may be worth after the remodel.

You can get a quick cost estimate on your remodeling options at as well as by talking with an experienced local real estate agent.

You stand to benefit the most from an architect’s advice when you approach the architect at the right time, i.e. at the design phase of the remodel. This is when an architect can offer useful suggestions with respect to your lifestyle and your living space. Also, an architect’s knowledge of new building materials and related costs is useful in planning the remodel.

An architect’s knowledge of the local building and planning requirements is a crucial to designing a remodel and arriving at a workable design. Architects are also in a position to make use of their contacts with builders and site engineers and obtain the services of builders best suited for a homeowner’s remodel. Moreover, their coordination with builders during the building process can be a big help during the remodeling project.

By contacting an architect at the most opportune time, you can ensure that you will achive maximum benefit the architect’s advice and learn about different aspects of remodeling.