We do not necessarily recommend selecting the least costly plan developer.

We do not necessarily recommend selecting the least costly plan developer.

In our experience, the choice should made based on a combination of cost, experience, honesty in disclosing all of the potential costs up front and your ability to communicate with your plan developer.  This last point is important because if you find that the...
However, you may find that for certain projects, it is not reasonable for some clearances to be fixed priced.

However, you may find that for certain projects, it is not reasonable for some clearances to be fixed priced.

For example, obtaining a clearance from the department that deals with handicap access (American Disability Act or ADA compliance) is often difficult to anticipate the scope of effort necessary.  For certain projects such as new businesses, gaining such clearance...
Another equally important consideration before authorizing plan development.

Another equally important consideration before authorizing plan development.

Who is going to obtain the required clearances for your plans.  Clearances refer to the approvals for your project required by the various departments within your community that have authority over construction work.  Each community will have different names...
Gaining approval for plans can range from easy to very difficult.

Gaining approval for plans can range from easy to very difficult.

Depending on the community your project belongs to and the complexity of the work covered by the plans, various specialty work may be required.  For example, if you are adding new space, both the services of a Structural Engineer and a Soils Engineer may be...
Designers and contractors who draw plans themselves do not in most states have specific licenses for creating plans.

Designers and contractors who draw plans themselves do not in most states have specific licenses for creating plans.

Regardless of which method you select to have plans produced, the process of finding and choosing someone to do plans is much the same as finding the contractor that we discuss in a later chapter.  In general, always use your trusted professional (if you have...
Using the contractor to produce the plans has both advantages and disadvantages.  

Using the contractor to produce the plans has both advantages and disadvantages.  

The clear advantage is that the contractor should understand what they have drawn and so their bid should be accurate.  Also, if the contractor knows the budget before they start developing the plans, then they can be held accountable for a design that they can...

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