Some Questions and Answers


01. Why should I pay for professionals, rather than a cheapo 'plan-drawer' or technician?

• Our fees relate directly to the amount of work we will have to do to deliver your project.

• By reducing the scope of Services we provide you, we might be able to reduce our charges to you - but this would simultaneously increase the financial risk to you.

• You'll save on the cost of your project by getting the right designs right from the outset.

[Before submitting a planning application]

[Before going to tender]

[Before appointing a contractor]

[Before starting construction]

[Before changing things during the build]

[Before the contractor can't build something as they've insufficient information]

[Before the contractor can't build something that's not designed or detailed correctly]

[Before the contractor says they've only priced for 'x' as 'y' wasn't specified at tender]

Getting things right from the outset will save you more than the cost of professional fees.

02. Will you price-match with the 'plan-drawer' / draughtsman / technician we found?

• No. See 01 above.

• We're trained design professionals and won't damage our business financially.

• We won't compromise the high standards we provide our clients by cutting costs.

• Standards of design, detailing and service offered by others at a price much below ITHA will not be close to the levels maintained by ITHA.

Pay peanuts, get monkeys.

03a. Can everything be designed, granted approval, tendered, and built in 6 months?

• No.

03b. What about a year?

Unlikely.

03c. How long will it take then?!

Find out more about the process here

04. There's more work in it for you later on, will you do this bit for free?

No.

05. Can I not pay you if I don't get planning permission for what I want?

No.

06. Will you work on a 'shared risk' basis so I only have to pay if I make lots of money?

No.

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