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How to Work Well With a Contractor

Once you have chosen the right contractor for your project, make sure that your project goes off without a hitch by continuing to work as a team. Just as you have expectations of your contractor, such as being available and on time, your contractor will need to rely on you.

Know what you want

Get off to a good start by having an idea of what it is that you are looking for – nothing is more frustrating for a contractor than a client who does not know what they want or that is indecisive. This is not to say that you need to walk in with a completed blueprint, but you should have an idea of your space – for example, if you are renovating your kitchen, do you like dark or light woods? Do you prefer tile or wood flooring? Are there certain things that you know you want, such as wine storage or a center island?

Understandably, there will be some difficult decisions to make and your contractor will respect this, but knowing what you are looking for before you begin the discussion will help your contractor to provide you with options relevant to your project and tastes and ensure that you are more quickly happy with the project’s results

Accessibility

Be accessible for your contractor. This doesn’t mean that you need to babysit every moment they are at your home, but answer the phone when they call and respond to emails in a timely fashion. Consider yourself the foreman of your project – give answers to your team when they need them and give feedback (constructively) throughout the course of your project; if you like something, let them know

Respect the contractor’s workplace

Just as you expect the contractor to respect your home, make sure that you respect their workspace during the course of your renovation. It is your home, but the contractors will likely keep tools there during the renovation; make sure to keep children and pets away from their belongings and, if possible, away from the space. Tools can not only be dangerous (as can construction zones – thing nails and staples on the floor and fragile tiles or glass just waiting to be broken), but broken or missing items can cause costly project delays

Teamwork

One of the best ways to work well with your contractor is by working as part of a team. Be respectful of them as a person and they will do the same to you. Treat their crew politely; remember that you have invited them into your home and that you are all working toward the same goal

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