Are you sitting on a plot of land or planning to restructure and renovate your property? Then it is essential that you choose the right architect for the job.

Here are 8 tips for choosing an architect when building or refurbishing in the Algarve:

1. Ask a variety of real estate agents for their list of architects;
2. Compare the lists and ask for the speciality of each of the architects. Then check if one or more of these align with the work your property requires;
3. Create a shortlist of the architects that fit your requirements;
4. First ask each of them if they will be available during the time-frame when you want the work done;
5. Give each architect a detailed brief of the work you want done and a rough budget;
6. Based on their feedback, meet with at least three architects at your property. Introduce the building or the land discuss the project at length;
7. Do your due diligence: look at the architects’ portfolios, visit projects they have worked on and talk with their past clients. 
8. Ask about their fees. Some architects charge by the hour and some charge a flat rate. Most architects require a down payment and settle as much as possible upfront.