After getting quotes from multiple drafting services, you then have to choose which service to hire for your project. As easy as it sounds to simply go with the lowest quote, the reality is that the cheapest service is not always the best. You have to look thoroughly into each drafting service to find the best fit for your task. It can be daunting, but it helps to know where to start. Here are four things you should look for in quality drafting services.
Quality drafting services should prove that they have the relevant experience needed for drawing the plans for your project. See their portfolio for examples of their work, and check if any of those examples are close to what you need done. Take note of how detailed their drawings are. See if they properly specify dimensions and materials, and how many drawings per project they supply. Check for floor plans for each building level, elevation drawings, and other structural details.
It helps as well to read customer reviews to determine how they work with their clients. Quality drafting services should be able to work smoothly with a variety of clients and developers.
A thorough understanding of loading, structural bearing, and strength of materials is a must for quality drafting services. Draftsmen should ensure that they draw a durable structure. They need to know how floor loading works, how to position posts, and how roof trusses receive support. A draftsman should also know which materials to use for particular purposes and climates.
Building Code Knowledge
Many homeowners and property developers hire draftsmen primarily to create drawings for local council approval, so it is crucial for quality drafting services to employ draftsmen that know their local building codes well. Knowing their local building codes should entail knowing how to apply them. Even if their drawings are drawn according to council standards, draftsmen should avoid creating awkward spaces, such as doors that clash when opened or bathroom fixtures with inadequate clearance. They should be aware of the function of the spaces that they draw.
Good Listening Skills
Quality drafting services hire draftsmen that can translate the client’s needs into technical drawings. While they can let clients know if they spot any structural issues, the drawings will be designed to the client’s specifications, not their own. Different clients have different ways of expressing their ideas, and so draftsmen need to have good listening skills and good comprehension in order to properly note client requirements and incorporate them into their architectural documentation.