Frequently Asked Questions

Our most frequently asked questions are answered below.

If you would like to ask us a question that is not answered here, or you want to provide feedback, then please email info@archiquotes.com.  Alternatively, you may wish to use our contact form.

Our service is simple.  Clients post details of their project on our website, via the Project Registration Page.  When completed, submitted and verified these details are then made available to architectural professionals.  Apart from the contact details provided, all of the project information is made available.  In accordance with the client selection, a limited number of professionals that want to respond to the project posting then pay to access the contact details.  Clients are subsequently contacted by these professionals to discuss their project and make further arrangements.  The aim is to provide clients with a number of quotations from architectural professionals that are genuinely interested and suitable for undertaking their project.

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FAQ #01

How does your service work?:

Our service is simple.  Clients post details of their project on our website, via the Project Registration Page.  When completed, submitted and verified these details are then made available to architectural professionals.  Apart from the contact details provided, all of the project information is made available.  In accordance with the client selection, a limited number of professionals that want to respond to the project posting then pay to access the contact details.  Clients are subsequently contacted by these professionals to discuss their project and make further arrangements.  The aim is to provide clients with a number of quotations from architectural professionals that are genuinely interested and suitable for undertaking their project.

Internationally.  While our current focus is on the English-speaking world, clients from anywhere with access to the internet, are free to post their project details on our website.  Similarly, architectural professionals from around the globe are welcome to respond to project postings, as long as payment can be made using an acceptable card.

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FAQ #02

Where does your service operate?:

Internationally.  While our current focus is on the English-speaking world, clients from anywhere with access to the internet, are free to post their project details on our website.  Similarly, architectural professionals from around the globe are welcome to respond to project postings, as long as payment can be made using an acceptable card.

Unless prohibited, anybody that is able to use our service is very welcome to do so.  Besides accepting our Privacy and Terms policies, we only require that clients submit legitimate project information in English, and that professionals possess verifiable accreditations and qualifications which are appropriate for the projects they pursue.

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FAQ #03

Can anybody use your service?:

Unless prohibited, anybody that is able to use our service is very welcome to do so.  Besides accepting our Privacy and Terms policies, we only require that clients submit legitimate project information in English, and that professionals possess verifiable accreditations and qualifications which are appropriate for the projects they pursue.

No.  However, registration is free and provides an enhanced service.  For repeat clients, such as builders and property developers, registration can save time by automatically populating some of the fields within the Project Registration Page.  Client registration also provides access to a profile page where current and completed project postings can be viewed.  Architectural professionals are not obliged to register either, but there are distinct benefits for those who do.  For instance, the names of registered professionals that respond to a posting are included in the project response emails sent to clients.  Clients therefore anticipate being contacted by the registered professionals interested in their project.  Other advantages include archived project data, along with the facility to monitor active project posting responses.

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FAQ #04

Is registration required?:

No.  However, registration is free and provides an enhanced service.  For repeat clients, such as builders and property developers, registration can save time by automatically populating some of the fields within the Project Registration Page.  Client registration also provides access to a profile page where current and completed project postings can be viewed.  Architectural professionals are not obliged to register either, but there are distinct benefits for those who do.  For instance, the names of registered professionals that respond to a posting are included in the project response emails sent to clients.  Clients therefore anticipate being contacted by the registered professionals interested in their project.  Other advantages include archived project data, along with the facility to monitor active project posting responses.

With the exception of contact details, information that is submitted on the Project Registration Page is made publicly available on our website and social media feeds.  We only make project contact details available to a maximum of five architectural professionals that then want to respond to a posting.  This is so that expressions of interest and quotations can be obtained.  For a detailed explanation of what happens with the information submitted to us, please refer to our policy on Privacy.

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FAQ #05

What happens with the information submitted to you?:

With the exception of contact details, information that is submitted on the Project Registration Page is made publicly available on our website and social media feeds.  We only make project contact details available to a maximum of five architectural professionals that then want to respond to a posting.  This is so that expressions of interest and quotations can be obtained.  For a detailed explanation of what happens with the information submitted to us, please refer to our policy on Privacy.

As a client you will not be charged for using our service.  Our profits are derived from the small fixed-fee payments made by architectural professionals for accessing project posting contact details.

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FAQ #06

How do you provide me with a free service?:

As a client you will not be charged for using our service.  Our profits are derived from the small fixed-fee payments made by architectural professionals for accessing project posting contact details.

No.  Sorry, but we cannot do this for you!  Our position is that of an independent intermediary and it is vital that we remain impartial.

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FAQ #07

Can you recommend a professional for my project?:

No.  Sorry, but we cannot do this for you!  Our position is that of an independent intermediary and it is vital that we remain impartial.

You are only required to complete eleven of the Project Registration Page fields, before submitting a project for posting.  Nonetheless, we recommend that you provide as much information as possible.  Most data can be easily populated from drop-down lists.  Besides generating greater interest, a detailed posting is more likely to attract suitable architectural professionals.  You can see all the information requested when posting a project by looking at the Project Registration Page.

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FAQ #08

What information is required when posting my project?:

You are only required to complete eleven of the Project Registration Page fields, before submitting a project for posting.  Nonetheless, we recommend that you provide as much information as possible.  Most data can be easily populated from drop-down lists.  Besides generating greater interest, a detailed posting is more likely to attract suitable architectural professionals.  You can see all the information requested when posting a project by looking at the Project Registration Page.

It is mandatory to complete the ‘Project Country’ and ‘Project Location’ fields on the Project Registration Page, before submitting a project for posting.  This can be used to indicate whether you would prefer project posting responses from architectural professionals that are based anywhere, nationally or locally.  You can also request responses from more specific areas by providing details in the ‘Additional Information’ field near the end of the Project Registration Page.  However, project postings that invite responses from a wider area normally generate more interest.

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FAQ #09

Can responses be restricted to professionals in my region?:

It is mandatory to complete the ‘Project Country’ and ‘Project Location’ fields on the Project Registration Page, before submitting a project for posting.  This can be used to indicate whether you would prefer project posting responses from architectural professionals that are based anywhere, nationally or locally.  You can also request responses from more specific areas by providing details in the ‘Additional Information’ field near the end of the Project Registration Page.  However, project postings that invite responses from a wider area normally generate more interest.

We endeavour to verify and post your Project Registration Page submissions within a maximum of 48 hours.  Architectural professionals could then begin to contact you a couple of minutes later but there is no way of saying for certain how long you will need to wait.  Among other things, response rates vary according to the project budget, project location, the detail provided in a project posting, the nature of a project and the time when a project is posted.

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FAQ #10

How long will I need to wait until professionals contact me?:

We endeavour to verify and post your Project Registration Page submissions within a maximum of 48 hours.  Architectural professionals could then begin to contact you a couple of minutes later but there is no way of saying for certain how long you will need to wait.  Among other things, response rates vary according to the project budget, project location, the detail provided in a project posting, the nature of a project and the time when a project is posted.

If there are no responses within seven days of your project being posted, then you may want to consider reposting your project in a way that is likely to generate greater interest.  This can be achieved by providing more detailed information, increasing your budget or requesting responses from a wider region.

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FAQ #11

What if there are no responses to my project posting?:

If there are no responses within seven days of your project being posted, then you may want to consider reposting your project in a way that is likely to generate greater interest.  This can be achieved by providing more detailed information, increasing your budget or requesting responses from a wider region.

There is no prescribed method for selecting an architectural professional and we cannot decide for you!  A simple means of assessment though, is to rate the suitability of project posting respondents against your priorities in terms of cost, quality and time.  For further guidance on selecting an architectural professional, please refer to our Tips.

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FAQ #12

How do I decide which architectural professional to hire?:

There is no prescribed method for selecting an architectural professional and we cannot decide for you!  A simple means of assessment though, is to rate the suitability of project posting respondents against your priorities in terms of cost, quality and time.  For further guidance on selecting an architectural professional, please refer to our Tips.

No.  There is no obligation to use any of the architectural professionals that contact you through using our website.  As a matter of courtesy though, we ask that you at least discuss your project with all those who express interest in it.  If appropriate and possible, we suggest that you also take time to meet each respondent at your project property or site.

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FAQ #13

Must I use a professional that contacts me via your service?:

No.  There is no obligation to use any of the architectural professionals that contact you through using our website.  As a matter of courtesy though, we ask that you at least discuss your project with all those who express interest in it.  If appropriate and possible, we suggest that you also take time to meet each respondent at your project property or site.

Architectural professionals do not charge a standard rate.  Fees are therefore negotiable.  Besides the experience and reputation of a professional, their rates will be affected by the complexity and degree of service that your project is likely to require.  For example, extensions or refurbishments are often more resource intensive than working on new buildings and normally incur proportionally higher fees as a result.  Many architectural professionals provide quotations as a percentage of the estimated project construction cost or as a lump sum.  When the scope of work is difficult to predict or where no construction is involved, quotations may be comprised of an hourly or daily rate along with an estimate of the time required.

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FAQ #14

How much do architectural professionals charge?:

Architectural professionals do not charge a standard rate.  Fees are therefore negotiable.  Besides the experience and reputation of a professional, their rates will be affected by the complexity and degree of service that your project is likely to require.  For example, extensions or refurbishments are often more resource intensive than working on new buildings and normally incur proportionally higher fees as a result.  Many architectural professionals provide quotations as a percentage of the estimated project construction cost or as a lump sum.  When the scope of work is difficult to predict or where no construction is involved, quotations may be comprised of an hourly or daily rate along with an estimate of the time required.

Yes.  If you notice an error in your project posting, or would like your posting to be removed from our website and social media feeds once the desired number of architectural professionals have contacted you, just let us know.  You can do this by emailing info@archiquotes.com, or by using our contact form.

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FAQ #15

Is it possible to amend or remove my project posting?:

Yes.  If you notice an error in your project posting, or would like your posting to be removed from our website and social media feeds once the desired number of architectural professionals have contacted you, just let us know.  You can do this by emailing info@archiquotes.com, or by using our contact form.