Using an architect is compulsory when your project requires a building permit, but for a good number of works its presence is optional. It is often essential to get help from a professional, like when building or renovating a home. And, it is always best to be accompanied by a qualified specialist to calmly approach your work and obtain the desired results. You should know that an architect has recognized skills and represents for you considerable support before, during and after the work. He has the duty to advise you and to bring you all the necessary help in the conduct of your work. Its real asset is to offer you tailor-made solutions, adapted to your budget: - It helps you to choose works companies by negotiating and making calls for tender. It seeks the best value for money and the most advantageous deadlines. - It also provides you with assistance in establishing your building permit file if it is necessary. He has all the knowledge required in the legal, technical and administrative fields. - Finally, he undertakes to respect many obligations such as those set out in the Code of ethics of Architects Your architect must be a graduate by the government and you can verify it by consulting the directory of architects or the Regional Council of the Order Architects. You can also contact SYNAMOB, a professional body. The architect's remuneration depends on the amount of work, the importance and the complexity of the mission entrusted to him. The fee rate is between 10 and 15% of the total amount of the work, but remains negotiable. This can represent a sum, but which is often worthwhile to gain serenity, efficiency and professionalism all the more since it allows you to save money! In all cases, have a formal contract drawn up which sets out your mutual obligations.