Client Proposal

Proposals demonstrate you know specifically what it will take to make it all happen: what’s to be done, by whom, by when and for how much.

A documented agreement between designer and client should be a mutually beneficial record of what will happen between two responsible parties intent on mutual success. The agreement should mirror the proposal. Write it straightforward. Have your attorney review it. Make it an agreement, not a threat.

Consider this outline:

1.       Introduction

a.       Responsible Parties Intent on Mutually Beneficial Results

b.       Roles and Responsibilities for Designer and Client

2.       Scope of Work

a.       Description of the Project

3.       Design Phase

a.       Schematic Design Development

b.       Design Documentation

4.       Purchasing

a.       Construction Services and Permitting

b.       Furnishings and Fixtures

c.       Bidding and Budgeting

d.       Time Line

5.       Consultants and Contractors/Roles and Responsibilities

a.       Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Trades, etc.

6.       Compensation

a.       Fee for Design and Design Development

b.       Transparent Purchasing Prices

c.       Fee for Construction Related Services

d.       Reimbursable Expenses

7.       Client Responsibilities

a.       Timely Decision-Making

b.       Payments on Account

c.       Photography Rights

8.       Terms, Conditions, Termination, Mediation


9.        Signed Acceptance