Getting a glimpse into how experienced contractors work will help you understand what your contractor is doing. Most misunderstandings that occur during a remodel are a result of poor communication – and what doesn’t get said can be just as important as what does. These seven tips will help you maintain a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with your contractor.
Trust the Contractor’s Process.
Our nearly 30 years of experience has helped us develop a process that ensures our clients get the home they’ve dreamed of. We are not a formula-based company, but we have come up with a set of procedures for each step of the remodeling process that truly works. Find a contractor you feel you can trust, and then put your faith in his process as well. If there’s something you don’t understand or you’re worried about, feel free to ask. No one enjoys conflicts, but an open communication policy actually helps avoid them. By choosing a trusted contractor who already has a strong communication policy in place, you’ll be on your way to a smooth-running project.
Consult With Your Contractor
Every time you change your mind, feel free to consult with your contractor to determine what the next step should be. You may see certain changes as minor adjustments, but the domino effect from one change can become extensive. Schedules may be affected and changes usually come with additional costs. The sooner you bring up concerns, the better it will be for your project.
Work Together To Make Smart Design Decisions
The Main Line is known for its beautiful historic homes and it’s important to make design decisions that respect a home’s architectural integrity. That doesn’t mean you can’t pull off an ultramodern kitchen in a Shaker style or Victorian home, but make sure it doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb. Work with your designer and contractor to come up with a plan that seamlessly blends the old and new.
Communicate To Make Quicker Decisions
The most stress-free projects are those that have the majority of decisions made before the work begins. A good contractor will walk you through a list of situations that might occur, as well as go over choices that should be made – things like paint, trim, and fixture selections. Every delayed decision has an impact on your project’s schedule, so the more that’s in place upfront, the more likely the project will finish on time.
All Conversations Are Welcome
When you need to engage in a conversation with your construction team, remember that all topics of conversation are welcome. Your contractor should be welcoming all conversations, big or small, so that both parties are always on the same page.
A Contractor Has Established Relationships For Your Benefit
It’s often the case that your contractor has established relationships with suppliers and can get a better price to begin with. The materials are mostly sourced locally, allowing you to check them out yourself without any hassles.
Begin With a Trusted Contractor
We’ve saved this one for last because in many ways, it’s the most important. Once you have someone you can trust, you’ll know if any problems arise you will feel comfortable discussing them in a respectful and positive manner. As my grandmother always said, you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Staying positive in the light of the difficulties with a remodeling project will make the experience better for all. Also, cookies and ice cold water works wonders for getting an extra mile from the workmen on a hot day! They will love you for it.
Remember that your remodeling team is made up of people much like you. They have good days and bad days like everyone else. When morale is high, you’ll be rewarded with a team that is eager to show up and go the extra mile.