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How do architects charge?

Most architects charge between 8 and 15 percent of total construction cost.
Most architects charge between 8 and 15 percent of total construction cost.
Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons user Joe Mohamed

Hiring an architect is no easy feat. You want the right person for the right price, and finding that is going to take some work.

To start, Houzz suggests that you get familiar with how architects charge for their services. Architectural fees usually range between 8 and 15 percent of the total construction cost – so, as Houzz calculates, a $100,000 project would incur architectural fees between $8,000 and $15,000.

That range accounts for how well established the firm is, how large it is, how much overhead it has and how high-profile it is. While a younger architect just building up his or her practice may only charge 8 or 10 percent, a more established firm could charge more. That said, you may well get better service at the less established firm because they’re hungry for your business.

In addition, lower fees may indicate a more basic level of architectural services, while a higher fee may mean full services.

Architects can charge hourly or on a fixed fee. Which you choose will, of course, depend on your own needs. Keep in mind that an hourly charge means you’re on the hook for however long it takes to finish the job.

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