When to Hire an Architect

It is very important to rely on experts in certain situations.  We don't always call in the experts but we do use architects and engineers on certain house flipping projects when we have to.

I decided to hire an architect to help assist with a floor plan for this particular house flip property located in Onset, MA.  I probably did not have to use an architect for this project, however the current floor plan is a little funky and having the help of an expert will make life a lot easier down the road for my contractor and I.

Right now this home has a small bathroom that does not fit well with the overall floor plan of the home.  There is a skinny and congested kitchen towards the back of the house that also needs some TLC.

With the help of my trusted architect we decided to expand upon the current bathroom by adding in a laundry room and bringing the space out into the right side of the current family room. You can check out the bathroom in detail by visiting house flipping bathrooms.

We are also going to knock down the wall separating the existing kitchen from the current family room.

The new kitchen will be located in the left hand side of the existing family room.

Hiring an architect does not have to cost thousands of dollars.  On this house flipping project we simply walked through the property, and allowed my architect to give me a "tour of ideas."

She took some measurements and will have a plan drawn up for me in just a couple of days.  I probably could have gone ahead on this project without her assistance, but to be honest, I just did not want to chance it.

In the long run having a good working relationship with a skilled architect will go a long way and make the house flipping process much more efficient for you and your team.

In many instances hiring an architect is an economically smart investment that I highly recommend.

See you at the top!


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Checking out the bathroom at a property I recently purchased in Onset.

Mike LaCava

I'm a full time real estate investor, proud Dad and husband. My team and I are working to restore communities - one house at a time. House Flipping School is my way of sharing this vision with other investors who want to do good for their community, and make money flipping houses.

  • Shane says:

    Hey great info! How long does it usually take to get your plans back from the architect? Let’s say on a 1000sq ft house flip….and when you get the house under contract shouldn’t that be the first person you bring to the property? Maybe with your contractor….?

    • Mike says:

      Hi Shane – Depends on the design & engineer as well. A few weeks should do it. Yes it is a good idea to get the architect involved early & with your contractor & designer if need be

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