September 3, 2014

Partnering With Your Remodeling Contractor

When you sign an agreement with a remodeling contractor, it’s much more than a work order—it’s the beginning of a relationship. And like any relationship, the key to success is having two parties that are equally committed and well balanced.

The best way to find the ideal fit is to interview contractors first. Of course, you need to see examples of their work for quality and design—but you also need to find someone who you feel comfortable with: Consider that you’ll be working through the initial design and selection process, and in this phase, it’s important you feel that your contractor “gets” you in terms of understanding your project vision, your goals and your personal style.

As the project progresses, you also need to be able to communicate with your contractor—and be comfortable enough to say what you need to say, whether that might be about a concern, a question or even a change. If you don’t feel like you can have that open, honest exchange with this person, then he/she might not be your best fit.

Keep in mind that during your project, your contractors and designers are essentially going to be living with you for a few weeks during the construction phase.  Our crew will see you early in the morning and we’ll still be in your home when you get home from work at the end of the day. If you don’t feel like these people are your partners and friends, then that can make for a long remodeling experience.

So before you begin, ask yourself a few questions:

  • Am I being heard? Is there free-flowing communication?
  • Does this contractor seem to understand my vision/taste/style?
  • Do I feel comfortable with this contractor working in my home?

Once you find the right fit, you’ll know it.  Like any relationship, the remodeling partnership takes work – from both parties. And when you get it right, the finished product is just that much more satisfying.

The Best Is Yet to Come,
Beth Orr