Chief Architect Software Rental

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.

Rental Terms and Conditions

Chief Architect Premier + SSA

Rent for $199/mo.

Buy: $3,295
Sale: $2,965.50

The Rental option is also available for Chief Architect Interiors

Software Rental Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the software rental and an outright purchase?

The outright purchase option is a one-time payment for a perpetual software license (the software does not expire).

The rental option allows you to rent monthly as needed or rent-to-own.

How long is the rental period if I want to rent-to-own the software?

The rent-to-own period for Premier is 22 consecutive months, and for Interiors is 15 consecutive months. Monthly rental payments must be consecutive to accrue toward owning the software license.

Will I get a free upgrade if a new version releases during my rental period?

Yes. Your upgrade will be available through your online account.

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 it falls on a holiday or weekend, it may be charged on the next business day.

Can I stop and restart the rental?

You can cancel your rental at any time, but if you are planning to rent-to-own, the software license rental payments must be consecutive for the entire rental period. Canceling the software rental will end consecutive rental payments along with access to the software and SSA services at your next billing cycle. You will not accumulate rental payments toward owning the software license after you cancel the rental.

How do I cancel my rental?

Contact Chief Architect to cancel your software rental—the preferred method to cancel is by phone. Your software rental is only canceled after you receive a cancellation notice from Chief Architect. The rental and access to the software will end at the conclusion of the current billing period. Note that you will not accumulate rental payments toward owning the software license after you cancel the rental.

What if I start a rental and want to purchase the software outright before the rental term ends?

You can purchase at any time. You will have a credit of the amount you paid, less the monthly rental fee, toward the purchase. The monthly rental fee for Premier is $26.69 and Interiors is $29.42.

Upgrades and Additional Licenses do not qualify for a rental credit toward purchase. A software rental buyout cannot be combined with any other special offers, promotions, or credits.

The below calculation details and buyout example are for a 22-month rental of Chief Architect Premier at $199 per month.

Premier Rental Buyout Example

Includes SSA through the original 22-month rent-to-own term

  • Months rented: 8
  • Amounted credited toward purchase: $1,378.48 (8 × $172.31)
  • Rental buyout price: $2,412.35 ($3,790.83 − $1,378.48)

Premier Rental Buyout Details

  • Premier rent-to-own term: 22 months (SSA included during full rental term)
  • Total cost of rent-to-own: $4,378 ($199 × 22 months)
  • Price of Premier with 22 months of SSA if purchased outright: $3,790.83 ($3,295 for Premier with 12 months SSA + $495.83 for 10 additional months of SSA)
  • Total rental fee paid during the 22-month rent-to-own term: $587.17 ($4,378 − $3,790.83)
  • Rental fee per month: $26.69 ($587.17 ÷ 22 months)
  • Amount per month credited towards purchase: $172.31 ($199 − $26.69)

What happens if a rental payment is missed, late, or declined?

The rental will be canceled, and software access and SSA services will end. Your rental must be reinstated within 30 days of a missed payment to retain consecutive payments toward owning the software (rent-to-own). Please contact Chief Architect to reinstate your rental.

Does the 30-day money-back guarantee apply to rentals?

No, software rental products do not qualify for the money-back guarantee. See the complete satisfaction guarantee.

Sales Frequently Asked Questions

Can I install the software on more than one computer?

Yes. Chief Architect is a single-user license intended for one person. The software can be installed on multiple computers for personal use, but only one computer can be active at a time. You can switch between your computers as much as you like, and the process is quick and easy. Visit the knowledge base to learn how to use Chief Architect on multiple computers.

What is the backup USB?

The optional backup USB is a thumb drive that contains a copy of the software installer and core library content. The backup USB drive provides a long-term option for installing the software should you need it in the future. The USB drive may be a good option for installing the software if your internet service is slow.

What is the difference between the Premier and Interiors products?

Chief Architect Premier is for full residential and light commercial design and includes all of the features of the Interiors product. The Interiors product was created specifically for kitchens, baths, and interior design. Structural components such as framing and exterior tools such as terrain, decks, and landscaping are excluded from the Interiors product.

There are many individual differences between the Premier and Interiors products. See a detailed product comparison.

What type of computer do I need to run Chief Architect?

Chief Architect is both Mac and PC compatible. Visit the system requirements page for details, or read our blog post about how to choose a new computer to run Chief Architect.

Do you have a free trial? What are the limitations, and how long does it last?

Yes. The Chief Architect Trial Version has all of the same tools and features as the paid version with the exception of saving, printing, exporting, and virtual tours. The trial version does not expire.

What training resources are available for learning to use the software?

Chief Architect offers many training resources to aid in learning the software. All of the free resources are available to use with the trial version.

Free Training Resources

Additional Training Resources

I use specific manufacturers in my designs; will they be available in Chief Architect?

The Chief Architect 3D Library offers catalog downloads of both manufacturer-specific and generic content. You can also import 3D objects, materials, and colors into Chief Architect from third-party sources, including directly from manufacturers' websites if available.

What happens once I purchase a license?

If you purchase a new license or rental, your order is processed immediately, and you receive an e-mail with instructions on how to log into your online account and download the software.

If you purchase an upgrade or additional license, your order is validated and processed within one business day. Once your order is processed, you will receive a confirmation e-mail notifying you that your software is available to download in your online account.

What is your return policy?

Chief Architect offers a 30-day satisfaction guarantee on most purchases. Chief Architect software rental products, backup media, Support & Software Assurance (SSA), and 3D Library catalog packs are excluded from the satisfaction guarantee. See the complete satisfaction guarantee.

What is Support and Software Assurance (SSA)?

Support and Software Assurance (SSA) is included for 1 year with new license purchases and upgrades. For rental licenses, SSA is included for the rental term. SSA includes the following services:

  • Upgrades
  • Tech support
  • Catalog downloads
  • Discounts on additional licenses and select training

SSA is the most economical way to stay current with the software.

When I own the software license, am I required to renew Support & Software Assurance (SSA)?

No. SSA is an optional service. SSA can be automatically renewed at the annual rate, or if renting, it will be automatically renewed at the monthly rate. See the SSA FAQ for more information. SSA is an optional service, and you can cancel the automatic monthly charge.

* Support & Software Assurance (SSA) pricing is subject to change