Any type of remodeling or construction job is stressful. Whether you are making an addition, remodeling, building from scratch and even repairing; it is always good to know what you should and should not expect from your contractor. Below are a few tips to consider when looking and working with a contractor of any trade.

1) Don’t sign a contract until / unless you feel comfortable with your contractor

Depending on project size and complexity, you are going to be working with this contractor anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of months therefore, trust is indispensable. Make sure that when you discuss project scopes and details that you feel that you can trust this person. If you do not feel safe or satisfied, you can try to communicate until you feel secure or simply get another estimate elsewhere. Your level of trust on a contractor is not always a reflection of his work – it may simply be that they are the right person for your job. Don’t get discouraged and keep looking.

2) Be specific and ask questions

Your contractor can be more important than you think. He can either make your project a dream or a nightmare in which you will have to live for a long time. This is why suggestion number one is so important. If you feel comfortable with your contractor you will be able to follow suggestion number two easily. Ask questions and be specific. If you are considering different finish options, ask what the difference is, and what he suggests. Oftentimes these conversations can save much time and money in terms of damages and repairs. Think of your project like an artwork and of you as a painter. Imagine that you are delegating and directing another artist to paint that work for you. Unless directions are specific and clear, not even Picasso would be able to make your artwork measure up to your taste. Make sure that you express what you’re looking for to minimize errors.

3) Welcome advice

Make sure that while working on your project, that you welcome advice and have reasonable expectations. Not even the best architect in the world could design round corners. This is because that is unreasonable. Make sure that when you speak with your contractor that you try to focus on requests that are reasonable. Many times client would like to get high end results using low end materials or by skipping steps and it just does not work. Another important thing is to accept advice. Throughout the project you may have extra costs on repairs or unforeseen problems and it is very important that you consider what the pro is telling you – they most likely have had a similar or the same situation happen many times before. Although it may be easier on the pocket to just do a quick fix, many times, fixing the root of the problem will get your project better ending results and turn out cheaper on the end.

These are just a few tips to consider when choosing which contractor to go with. We will have more of these tips coming in the next blog posts. Let us know what you think.


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