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Hiring An Architect To View A House

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One problem I have when viewing properties is that I lack the necessary imagination to see the potential in a house that needs modernising.

Has anyone out there used the services of an architect, builder, interior designer or whichever the right person would be, to attend a viewing to give opinions?

I'd be looking at suggestions for adding extensions, moving staircases, converting lofts or whatever it may be.

Just wondered if this is something worth persuing and what approximate costs it would be to hire someone to attend a viewing.

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Costs could vary greatly - from nothing, in the hope of getting a commission, to some sort of sum in the hundreds assuming a half day and hourly rates.

Bear in mind it would be a big call for the architect without a proper investigation - problems can emerge later when working up a scheme in detail. Any advice given would have caveats.

Ideally, and to make it cheaper, you should get hold of scaled plans and any other relevant info to send in advance as a fair amount could be surmised without the architect having to leave the office.

Also there is a scheme called 'architect in the house' (there is a helpful website) where initial advice is given for free provided you give a donation to Shelter.

This being the case

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One problem I have when viewing properties is that I lack the necessary imagination to see the potential in a house that needs modernising.

In that case you're not the right person to be buying such a house. Find something that is already modernised to your liking!

An architect, or (cheaper, and very likely just as good) a friend with an eye for it, could help inspire a vision. But then you're taking a gamble on whether their visions are practical (some architect-designed things turn out to need massive remedial works) as well as whether their taste agrees with yours.

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Costs could vary greatly - from nothing, in the hope of getting a commission, to some sort of sum in the hundreds assuming a half day and hourly rates.

Bear in mind it would be a big call for the architect without a proper investigation - problems can emerge later when working up a scheme in detail. Any advice given would have caveats.

Ideally, and to make it cheaper, you should get hold of scaled plans and any other relevant info to send in advance as a fair amount could be surmised without the architect having to leave the office.

Also there is a scheme called 'architect in the house' (there is a helpful website) where initial advice is given for free provided you give a donation to Shelter.

This being the case

Thank you for the informative post - much appreciated. I didn't know about the architect in the house scheme so will take a look.

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