5 things Your Home Contractor Wishes You Knew
1. Inspection in person
Don’t rely on photographs to prove potential contractors know what they’re talking about. It’s easy to make something look fantastic in a photo. In person, shoddy workmanship will reveal itself. You can easily spot cheap materials—such as composite swapped for plywood—or an obvious aversion to using a level or plumb line, leaving everything crooked. Doing your homework beforehand can mean the difference between a well-executed project and a mess that drags on for months.
2. Knowing what you want in advance
No contractor expects you to k
now the nitty-gritty details of construction but understanding the look you want—and the materials needed to achieve that look—expedites the process.
Make such decisions as pine versus oak flooring before your contractor arrives for his first day on the job.
Sure, you can delay those decisions, but that will throw off your whole timeline, and you know what they say: Time is money.
3. Learn to deal when issue arises
If you’ve watched half an episode of any remodeling show, you know the one undeniable truth of renovations: Bad things happen.
For newer homes, this may not be an issue. An older home, on the other hand, is likely to have major problems: crumbling foundations, rotting woodwork, or roofing issues, for example.
A good contractor will outline any potential issues at the beginning of the job and keep you updated throughout about any problems that occur. But getting mad because the renovation unveiled an expensive complication serves no purpose.
4. No yelling
If things aren’t going your way, don’t vent your frustration with a raised voice. Your house may be your home, but it’s your contractor’s workplace. If you’ve chosen the right person to get the job done, you need to treat them with respect.
Failing to keep your attitude in check is a fantastic way to lose a good contractor, or create a frustrated group of inefficient workers.
5. Problem during renovation? Contact your contractor
During renovation, your home will play host to a number of men and women, from carpenters to electricians to your foreman. Your general contractor won’t be on-site every day—he may be managing a number of renovations besides your own—but he can quickly resolve issues if his staff is underperforming.
Did you find a man sleeping in the bathroom? Is your plumber packing away six beers a morning?
For a quick resolution, the foreman might be able to intervene—but still, keep your contractor abreast of the situation.