If you want the end result of your renovation project to be according to your specifications and requirements, you need to develop a good rapport with the contractors you hire. Most contractors welcome explanations and feedback because it keeps them on the right track with the project. At Gordmay Construction, we love clients who are responsive and work with us, so here are some suggestions that will help you develop a good relationship with contractors and have a successful project.
- Be Clear About Expectations – Most people hesitate to state their expectations clearly; because they fear contractors wouldn’t welcome comments and requests. That’s not true at all, because contractors would rather you make things clear during the renovation process. They don’t want you to be disappointed with the results after the renovation is done when it’s too late. You can show photographs/sketches or images from the web of what you have in mind to ensure they know what your preferences and expectations are.
- Understand Your Budget and What a Contractor Can Do With It-The quality of the contractor’s work also depends on the materials used. If your budget doesn’t allow for the best materials, don’t expect the contractor to miraculously make the installation more durable or resilient. A good professional will always explain the pros and cons of every material used and offer recommendations. You can use this as a guideline to understand how your budget will impact the quality of the renovation.
- Changes Aren’t Cheap-It is one thing to change the plan before the work is done and another to change it halfway through or after the job is complete. Such changes are expensive and time consuming, which is why it’s important to communicate with your contractor clearly. Often times clients have a hard time visualizing things until they are installed, then once installed, they change their mind. In these cases at the estimate stage, we may suggest the use of a designer who can provide 3D renderings of what your finished product will look like. In the end, this will save you considerable amounts of money.
- Long-Distance Communication –If you’re not on-site during the renovation, you should communicate with the contractors through e-mails, phone calls, and other such mediums. Look at all the pictures the contractors send you and offer comments and opinions on their progress.
After the project is done, don’t forget to leave an honest review on known platforms. If you’re satisfied with your contractor, reviews will help promote their business. If you’re not satisfied with the contractor, reviews will warn future clients.
If you want more information or have questions about home renovations, our experienced installers at Gordmay Construction can help you. Don’t hesitate to contact us on 613 715 4841 or fill in this contact us form.