I want to make a confession…
…we’ve all done it!
We’ve looked at a quality product or service and known it was the right choice before switching to someone else because it saved a little money up front. But later on we regret it.
We think back to that decision and know that we should have gone for the quality when it was on offer. We all know that cheap products and services are cheap for a reason – they don’t last as long, they don’t give you the same sense of satisfaction and they often end up costing you much more in the long run.
Through their own personal experience, people generally agree that purchasing a lower-priced product or service doesn’t mean getting the highest value.
It is the same with architecture. The cheap providers leave you high and dry in situations where the quality service providers will stick with you and help you every step of the way. Make no mistake about it.
Here is our guide to the top 1+7 reasons to avoid cheap architect drawing services.
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The title “Architect” is a protected title in the UK. The law requires those who use it to be registered with the Architect’s Registration Board (ARB) after undergoing 7 years of architectural education and a minimum of a further 2 years working in the industry. The ARB is the statutory body established by Parliament under the Architects Act 1997 to regulate the UK architects’ profession in the public interest.
This is important: Cheap architect drawing providers who are not fully qualified Architects use different variations of the word. These include “Architectural Designer” or “Draftsman”. If the architecture company you are using isn’t registered with Architect’s Registration Board (ARB), or if their firm is not a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, you should ask why.
It is always possible to further save costs by planning ahead, engaging a well-established multi-disciplinary architecture company and choosing the right builder. In most cases, we help our clients save more money than we charge for our professional services.
Although an affordable architectural designer or draftsman might seem like a good idea on the surface, it isn’t going to save you any money in the long run. Only a quality ARB-registered architect or a RIBA Chartered Practice can help you avoid issues further down the road. If you get cheap planning drawings and they fail, what would that cost you? Cost is certainly a key consideration in an investment like this, but the other consideration is the return you get. What kind of return do you typically look for when you buy a service like this?
ARB registered and RIBA chartered architects solve planning, and design and build problems that can save you headaches, time and money in the long run. A quality architect will have the right contacts in the building trade to make their ideas come to life and give you a stress-free build. A cheap drawing company is not interested in building a relationship with you. All they want is their money.
A cheap architectural designer is cheap for a reason. They will draw standard extensions, conversions and homes, and deliver them to you in a standard way. Probably all of us have memories of when we cut cost on something and then had to live with the fact that we didn’t get what we really wanted for a long, long time.
I am sure that you want an architect that delivers something brilliant, something unique… Architects Registration Board registered architects know how to work with light and space to create something breathtaking. That is what you want from a London architect, and that is what you get when you choose quality. Let cheap architects design cheap houses for cowboy builders.
When you hire an architect you want someone to run with your ideas and turn them into reality. A cheap architectural designer will just deliver a design and walk away. You want so much more from the process than that.
A professional architect will work with you on the design until you are completely happy with it. They will deal with all the planning permission issues and speak directly to the planning officers. They will liaise with the builders and talk them through the ideas on the page. Most of the cheap architectural designers or technologists do none of this and will expect you to do all the legwork.
A cheap architectural design company doesn’t have the money to invest in the innovation that brings your ideas to life. They often work in the most basic of formats, and give you low-quality planning drawings to submit for planning permission application or building control application.
However, a fast-growing architecture practice looks at new ways of making your ideas more concrete. They will invest in new technologies to offer excellent value. Did you know that we use the latest BIM technology and Virtual Reality gadgets so that you can see your home before it has been built? BIM, Virtual Reality and our other total station technologies create the most accurate drawings, scheduling information and cost estimates.
When you are going through the process of building, then every day counts. There might be a day where you can’t get your new design sold, and it might be another day before you move in. It might mean another day where you have to pay builders to be on site. The cheap architect drawing services in London don’t care about this – all they want is to send the cheap planning drawings and then walk away to find another customer.
On the other hand, a diligent architect will know which materials will be easier to assemble. They will know the building regulations so you don’t get caught up in a mass of red tape further down the line. Quality saves you time – quality saves you money.
Companies who provide cheap architect drawing services don’t want any extra hassle with councils or dealing with builders. They want to send you the plans and let you do all the hard work when they already have your money.
A quality architect will look after your project from start to finish. They will be in your corner at all times and can deal with the planning officers and builders with any issues linked to your project. That is all part of the service. Don’t settle for second best when it comes to your assets.
You may consider a registered London architect as an expense when in fact, they are a critical value add-on.
A registered architect will add aesthetics, functionality and value to your property. These are all vitally important to making sure that the project has the highest value possible when built. Imagine how much less stress there would be over managing your project if you leave it to the experts?
For example, here at Urbanist Architecture, our primary objective is not to make our services much cheaper both to make and to supply. Our primary objective is to provide fantastic service . Because the value is greater than the price paid, our customers keep coming back to us for their projects. Even customers who tested the waters with cheap architect drawing services returned, and they are now more convinced than ever before that quality matters.
If your top priority is “cheap,” we are not your guys. But if you are interested in effective home improvement projects that are delivered on time and needs minimal revisions, you are going to love working with us.
An emphasis on price alone, especially for something as important as architecture services, will usually mean disappointment is the end result, rather than satisfaction.
Fact is competing on price is easy – just sell cheap! But successful landlords make their decisions on more than just price, results matter hugely. Nobody wants a low-quality finished product!
Remember: It is always possible to further save on costs by planning ahead, engaging a well-established multi-disciplinary architecture company and choosing the right builder. In most cases, we help our clients save more money than we charge for our professional services.
Our service is for you if your top priority is great quality at a fair price. We attach our names to beautiful projects we create. To book your initial consultation, call us now on 0203 793 78 78 to speak with one of our friendly architects or send me an e-mail now.