Costs & Service Rates
Pro Draft Inc.’s Service Rates
Projects by Proposal Estimate:
Every project is different, so we like to assess each project and provide a proposal based in part by size, scope of work and type of plans needed.
$2,500. for property assessments & due diligence assistance before you close escrow or make an offer on a property. Get information on properties and the existing buildings on it, State & County Zoning and allowable uses, historical permit information, Copies of archived plans if available, After-The-Fact (ATF) permit issue’s and even Micro Climate summary’s.
$500. for phone or in office consulting, and $150.00 per hour thereafter if required
Site Visit Rates:
Site visits to dimension existing building’s by proposal estimate.
Site visits for architectural consultation start at $550. and are done by proposal estimate depending on location and scope of work needed.
Permit Applications and Submittal Rates:
Permit applications & submittals are done by proposal estimate depending on the types of permits required. Permit services after submission are billed at $75.00 per hour if required.
The thing that pains me the most is that people will use other service providers and get into trouble. They’ll design a plan they can’t afford to build. Some of the other designers will forget essential building code requirements; typically, height is a big one here on Maui. Then they’ll get into the permit process and then they’ll be very slow to address the issues for the county to approve the permit and then it stretches on for months or years. I’ve also had customers use very fancy well-known architectural firms and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, sometimes up to $0.5 million, on a set of plants and four years later, they still don’t have anything done.
Then they hear about us. They come to us; we take care of them. On larger projects, obviously is takes a little more than one or two weeks. That does pain me a little bit. The residential clients or inexperienced commercial clients, they just don’t know any of the pitfalls. When these people find me, they’re always very grateful. I’ll be giving them information from the very first phone call about what they can do, what they can’t do, what they’re limited by. If they’re in a flood zone, what are the restrictions, what are the additional construction costs. It really allows them to make good decisions.
There are, of course, some very good people in my industry and I don’t mean to say anything bad about them. When people are trying to save money and they call and say, okay, this guy will do a set of plans for this amount, this guy will do a set of plans for this amount, what the customer doesn’t know is the quality of those plans. Some of the plans that we get, even from licensed architects, are so sparse in nature that I’m actually surprised. Even our cheapest set of plans all come with great schedules for doors and windows and cabinets and all kinds of things and we supply a ton of information. When you’re going to build that, you really have a beautiful set of plans to work with. This is something the customers can’t know. All they know is the dollar amount.