Are you planning to remodel your home? If the answer is yes, here are some tips on how to establish and maintain a good working relationship. We consider it a privilege and an honor to serve you We want you to be as prepared as possible during this exciting process of remodeling your home.
Everyone who begins the remodeling process has visions of the “dream” home they’ll have when it’s completed. Few, however, give much thought to the dust and dirt, noise, inconveniences, scheduling delays, and slight challenges that must be dealt with along the way. These elements are part and parcel of any remodeling job, and every client must be realistic and accept the fact that there may be some inconveniences. We strive to minimize these inconveniences as much as possible.
How inconvenient and unpleasant the process is depends a lot on the working relationship we create right from the beginning. A good client-contractor relationship depends on several things:
- It is our desire from the beginning that you let us know your expectations. Clear communication is the foundation of a successful project.
- Be realistic about what you are looking for in the remodel and what you are willing to budget for the project. Many homeowners enter a remodeling project with grandiose plans that need to be scaled down to meet their budget. We’ll work with you to provide you with the best your money can afford.
- Realize that certain stages of remodeling may seem to go more quickly than others. For example, during stages that involve more tangible work (for example, when walls are being torn down or replaced, framing constructed, or appliances installed), you’ll have a true sense of rapid progress. During other stages, however, that involve work of a more “hidden” nature like the installation of electrical lines or plumbing, it may seem that the work is going nowhere. Don’t worry. Just because you can’t see it easily doesn’t mean that nothing’s happening. Trust us–it is.
- Changes are almost always inevitable. Our experience has shown that 10-20% should be calculated in to the budget for potential change orders. Often change orders tend to alter the schedule which makes it crucial to be prepared for possible timetable changes. If you do decide some changes are necessary, settle the cost difference up front so there is no misunderstanding.
- Finally, remember that maintaining a good contractor-client relationship is a two-way street. We are excited about the opportunity to get to know you and serve your remodeling needs. You can be sure that we’re committed to providing you with as painless a remodel as possible, with the final results you expect!