If you have a building or a development project, you need to consider hiring a professional drafter.
A professional drafter is responsible for creating technical drawings and securing a building permit and a development approval. You can also hire a drafter to redraw the plans you have drawn yourself, or to plan a building or home addition to bring it into compliance with your local municipality or state.
There are several things you should consider as you select a drafter.
Ask For Previous Work and Experiences
Check the references given to you and make sure the work is up to standard. The best way to do this is by asking for pictures of previous projects, or even visiting them. To see their work, ask to see design plans, specifications, and other documents.
You can also Google their name, to see what comes up. If a person has a good portfolio, you can see if the drafter has experience with similar projects to yours. Even better, you can also get an idea of how quickly they work, and how easy they are to get in touch with, through online reviews.
Be Clear With What You Want
If you are planning a project, such as a building or home addition, there are several things you need to be clear about. You need to discuss the project with the drafter, detailing your vision for the project. Your vision of the project should be detailed enough for the drafter to understand it. This makes it easier for the drafter to create plans that adhere to your vision.
You also need to tell the drafter if they will be drawing an estimated plan, compared to a final building plan. Estimating plans are preliminary, with only a few structural features, while final plans are drawn in detail with all elements of the building or addition.
Get Several Quotes
Hiring any expert service provider can be expensive. Ask for a range of quotes and find the one that best suits your budget. While the lowest price isn’t always a sign of value, it can give you an idea of what you can expect to pay in your area.
Get bids from several drafters, but make sure that each person provides the same level of service. Discuss the rate and scope of the project before you get bids from the drafters. This will help you get your quotes in a timely manner. Once you have quotes for the job, go through them thoroughly and make sure the prices are reasonable.
Compare Your Quotes
The best quote will include all the required services, and will be the one that best suits your budget. After you get your quotes, compare the price, scope, and experience of each company or drafter. If a quote seems like a good value, contact the provider to ask questions and schedule an onsite meeting.
When reviewing quotes, look for the following:
- Is the amount included for the cost of drawings and revisions, along with the relevant fees?
- Does the quote include fees for plan checks and other government fees and taxes?
- Ask how often the drafter intends to provide revisions. You might need to revise the drawings as you start the build, as you progress and a final plan before you submit your building application.
Depending on the complexity of your project, and the experience of the drafter, you may need to ask for revisions several times. Determining how often you will want or need to request revisions is an important part of developing your quote.
Secure a Written Contract
You may be tempted to start your project with a handshake and a verbal agreement. While this may seem like a good way to get a good deal, it’s a bad idea. Most disputes between drafters and home or business owners result from misunderstandings. If there is a dispute, the burden of proof that you reached an agreement, or that there was a verbal contract, falls to you. Having a contract can help you avoid this situation and give you recourse if there’s a problem.
When you are working on a large project that requires a lot of detailed drawings, you don’t want to take the risk of hiring an inexperienced or unqualified person. You want a drafter or engineer who is qualified, and won’t charge you an arm and a leg to create your custom drawings. So, before you start looking for a professional drafter, make sure you have a clear idea of the steps you need to take to get a building permit and approval for your project.
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