Home renovation can sure be tough. The whole process of home renovation is already hard enough on your pockets. These things would cost you hundred thousands to millions depending on the scale of your renovation.
A good working relationship with your contractor is a must in home renovation. (Image Source: http://www.kettlevalley.com/files/tips%20for%20hiring%20a%20contractor.jpg)
Home renovations, of course, would require you to hire a contractor
. More often than not, however, the difficulty in the home renovation process can also be rooted in communicating and building an effective work relationship with your home renovation contractor. There are a lot of miscommunications between client and contractors. Perhaps because most contractors would use technical terms, clients would often have a hard time deciphering this. And also, because of clients’ lack of knowledge on the technicalities of home renovation, contractors would have a hard time translating their comments and suggestions.
How then to effectively communicate with your home renovation contractor? Remember, your home renovation contractor is crucial to your redesigning plans. He or she will be involved in the process for weeks and months so it is best to have a good relationship with them.
Here are some tips to build a smooth working client and contractor relationship:
1. Ask for referrals
First, ask your friends for referrals or if you live in a subdivision or condominium, call other homeowners who have previous experience in redesigning. They might be able to provide you with their trusted home renovation contractor.
Ask your friends or fellow homeowners if you can see the finished product of their home renovation contractor. Ask a lot of questions, work ethic and the price, among others, to help you gauge the kind of contractor you want.
2. Don’t beat around the bush
Let your home renovation contraction know what you really want and how much you are willing to shell out for your home renovation endeavors. Remember, your home renovation contractor is not a mind reader. Better be straightforward about your plans than to leave it all up for him or her to guess.
3. Ask for pegs
If you just have general ideas about what you want, ask your home renovation contractor to provide you with pegs. If you want your bathroom to be remodeled, he or she might be able to provide you with samples for you to choose. If what he or she provides does not satisfy you, trust your guts. Be honest about it with your home renovation contractor. Keep in mind that home renovation is costly business. The last thing you would want is to spend a lot of money on something you are half-hearted with.
4. Don’t be bossy
Wanting to be involved in the home renovation process is just natural? It is, after all, your home. However, try not to be overbearing and bossy to your home renovation contractor. He might think that you do not trust him enough to do the job. Last thing you need is a form of resentment.
If you want to be involved in some way, however, then let your home renovation contractor ahead of time. Be polite when asking and if he declines, then let him be. You are, after all, paying for him to take charge in renovating your house. Just keep calm and let him do his job.
5. Always ask if there is extra charge
Your home renovation contractor would want the best for your home. As such, there would be times when he would suggest new materials or new designs. As home renovation is costly, always ask if these tweaks would cost you less or more. It is always better to be on the same page.