Chief Architect Software Rental
Chief Architect Premier + Support & Software Assurance
Using Chief Architect is now easier than ever. With our Software Rental option, you can rent or rent-to-own. For a low monthly payment, you get access to all the powerful features in Chief Architect, plus access to our Support & Software Assurance (SSA) services.
Software Rental Frequently Asked Questions
When I rent, do I have access to Support & Software Assurance (SSA) services?
When does the rental begin?
The Rental begins at the time of your rental purchase.
Can I stop my rental before the rental period ends?
You can stop you rental at any time and the software rental will end at your next billing cycle along with access to the software and SSA services.
Is this a rent-to-own option for purchasing the software?
It is if you continue the rental every month during the rental period (consecutive rental payments).
Can I stop and restart the rental?
Yes; however, if you are planning to rent-to-own the software you must have a consecutive rental for the entire rental period.
What if I want to purchase the software outright before the rental period ends?
You can purchase at any time. You will have a credit of the amount you paid, less the prorated rental fee, toward the purchase. Example: If you decide to purchase Chief Architect Premier after 4 months, you would have a credit of $718.68* toward the purchase.
If I stop renting will the software stop working?
Yes, the software and SSA service will stop at your next billing cycle.
Does the 30 day money back guarantee apply to rentals?
No there is not a money back guarantee.
Will I get a free upgrade if a new version releases during my Rental Period?
Can I rent Chief Architect Interiors or Lite?
Not at this time.
Once I complete the consecutive rental for the entire period (15 months) will I own the software?
When I own the software, am I required to purchase Support & Software Assurance (SSA)?
No, SSA is an optional service that provides technical support, upgrades, bonus and manufacturer content and online video training access. If you choose to purchase SSA you can continue monthly payments for SSA at $45 per month or renew SSA at an annual rate of $445**. See SSA FAQ for more information on SSA and renewal options.
How often do rental charges occur?
Your monthly software rental payment will be charged to your credit card each month on the day you began your Software Rental. If that date does not exist in the current month or if it falls on a holiday or weekend it may be charged on the next business day.
What happens if a payment is missed, late or declined?
The software and SSA service will end at your next billing cycle
Can I get a discount for owning a Home Designer product?
You will receive a credit for the amount of your upgrade rebate from Home Designer to Chief Architect Premier once you have completed your Consecutive Rental Period.
*Credit Calculation Details: For 4 months, rental amount paid was $796 (4 x $199). And, the rental fee you paid was $77.32 (4 x $19.33). Your credit would be equal to the Rental Amount Paid ($796) less the Rental Fee Paid ($77.32 = $718.68).
$290 - Rental Fee for the entire rental period (this is the amount you paid over the regular retail price)
$19.33 - Rental Fee per month
**Support & Software Assurance (SSA) pricing is subject to change