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How Much Does a Draftsman Cost?

Before you can begin construction on a new home or even an addition to your current home, you will want to have a draft of the build. A draft, also called a blueprint, is the record of the building, what it will look like and how it will be built. Drafts are often needed by the bank before they can provide financing, and contractors will need a copy in order to determine the price of the project as well as whether they will be willing to tackle the job. In order to create a draft, you will need to hire a professional draftsman. Use this guide to get a better understanding of the cost of a draftsman's services as well as any related expenses.

National Hire a Draftsperson Costs

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National Hire a Draftsperson Costs
Average reported cost $1,638
Number of Cost Profiles 212 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $300
Maximum reported cost $4,849
Most homeowners spent between: $1,011 to $1,641

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Average Cost of Hiring a Draftsman

Hiring a draftsman can be a big project, but it is necessary in order to create original blueprints for a new build of any kind. While it is possible to purchase existing blueprints, most homeowners prefer to customize their own home for maximum enjoyment and efficiency. Draftsmen with certification, engineering experience and architectural training generally charge between $1,585 and $1,973 to create blueprints for a new build or an addition.

Costs of Traditional vs. CAD Draftsmen

One of the biggest influences on the cost of hiring a draftsmen will be whether they use traditional tools or CAD, which is computer-aided design. CAD is more common today, and it can also be cheaper, but some homeowners want to have a more traditional approach with standard drafting tools. Ultimately, the decision is up to the homeowner and their budgetary constraints.

Factors Influencing the Total Cost

Along with whether the draftsman uses CAD or traditional tools, there are several factors that can influence the total cost of the project. Size, of course, plays a role, as a one-bedroom addition takes less time to design than a full five-bedroom home. Time allowed for the project is also critical, and rushed projects will cost a premium for the homeowner.

Additional Expenses When Hiring a Draftsman

It is important to remember that even after the drafts are complete, paying someone else to review them is a good decision. This might be an architect or a general contractor, but the second pair of eyes is a smart idea before construction begins.

With this guide, homeowners can have a better idea of what to expect when it comes to hiring a draftsman for blueprints.

Last updated on Mar 31, 2016

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