Re: Re: Fees? What Fees?
I just spoke to that guy again this morning and he reckons he has found someone to do it for €3k ‘all-in’. I can only imagine the result! Next they will be putting house plans on the back of cereal packets (if they haven’t already that is!).
I think the cereal packets will be coming out very soon. There is a perception out there that drawings can be done for nothing and you aren’t needed to be onsite until it all goes wrong. Then there are the people offering their services for next to nothing. I recently heard of €200 fire certs (the person quoting this forget to mention the all important ‘starting at”) but suddenly architectural services are starting to become wound down to next to nothing.
I know what you mean parka. We are our own worst enemies. I am not suggesting that there should be any form of price fixing or fee scales or anything like it, the free market will do what the free market will do. However, when you see people offering full planning applications for €500, you have to ask some serious questions. Unfortunately, it all comes back to a lack of understanding or ‘education’ on the client’s part. Most clients really don’t understand what it is that an architect does and when they see Joe Bloggs ‘Design Services’ offering cut price rates for doing the ‘same’ job, they assume that everyone else is trying to rip them off! It’s a real shame, as in my opinion at least, Mr. Bloggs has played a major role in the destruction of the Irish countryside (along with the Irish Planning System that is)….Until we get a handle on the whole ‘protection of function’ debate, we are unfortunately stuck in this race to the bottom on fees. Very sad for the profession as a whole.