Following tips will help you in working with contractors
Working Smoothly with a Contractor
Upon choosing the right Contactor, try to ensure that your project goes off smoothly by continuing to work as a team throughout the project. Just as you have expectations of your contractor, such as being available and on time, your contractor will need to rely on you for basic input and decisions.
Know what you want
Get off to a good start by having ideas 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. Now, you don’t need to present 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? Do you like an “open feel” or a cozy feel? Are there certain things that you know you want, and also things you do not want.?
Understandably, there will be some difficult decisions to make, and your contractor will, and should, respect this, but generally knowing what you are looking for (before you begin the discussion) will help your contractor to provide you with options relevant for your project, and this will ensure that you are going to be happy with the project’s results.
Be accessible for your contractor. This doesn’t mean that you need to a “beck and call” 24-7 but answer the phone when they call (it’s most likely relevant and important) and respond to emails in a timely fashion. Consider yourself the super-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. A contractor who is diligent and great at their job should and will love this kind of feedback.
Respect the contractor’s workplace
You expect the contractor to respect your home obviously, so 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 and create a space of “their own”. Tools can not only be dangerous (as can construction zones – thing like 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. If the site is organized (as a good contactor always insists on) and the spaces of the homeowner and contractor are respected (by both parties) the project will flow smoothly and without friction.
One of the best ways to work well with your contractor is by working as part of a team. After all, you are the “Head Foreman”! Be respectful to them and they will most likely reciprocate the courtesy. There is nothing more discourteous to tradespeople than being treated poorly. Remember that you have invited them into your home and that you are all working toward the same goal.