Remodeling your home is one of the most exciting things you can do. However, if you do not communicate well with the remodeling contractor, the project may turn out to be something other than what you wanted, leading to wasted money, time and disappointment. As you plan your renovation, consider these basic tips for communicating your requirements.
Explain Use of the Room
Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) statistics indicate that home improvement and repair activities are set to increase by 8 percent. If you are among this growing number of homeowners, simply telling the contractor how the room should look will not do. It is also helpful if you could share how you intend to use a certain space in your home so the contractor can remodel it according to intended use.
Keep a Project Journal
A journal for your remodeling project will prove a critical tool in several ways, including:
- You will have an accurate record of what the contractor says they will accomplish and when
- You have a place to record the project’s progress
- Use the journal to write down questions you may have for the remodeling contractor
- The journal offers you a great place to write down your ideas and suggestions
- Use your journal to record delivery dates and times.
Tell the Contractor What You can Afford
It is vital that you are realistic and hones about what you are willing to spend on your remodeling project. Therefore, tell your remodeler the ceiling amount of your budget. When the contractor understands how much you can spend, he will not force you to spend money on building materials or services that are beyond your budget.
You cannot expect good results if you fail to communicate with your contractor. This is why you will need to be both persistent and attentive. Do not hire a contractor who seems disinterested in your needs or preferences. Instead, work with a contractor who cares about details of your remodeling project and is not bothered when you call them.
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