Most homeowners, probably you included, find themselves doing a lot of research before they begin renovation projects of any kind. As you search for reviews of local contractors, you may find yourself feeling concerned about any negative feedback you see from other clients like you. It is important, however, for you to be aware of the fact that there are many more reliable, trustworthy contractors than there are swindlers.
Nonetheless, if you’re worried about being unprepared for how to navigate the unique contractor-client relationship, this guide will help you. As you continue reading, you will see some great tips for developing an alliance, of sorts, with whichever professional you hire. By following these suggestions, your remodeling job ought to go as smoothly as it possibly can.
Pay on time to prove yourself.
Your contractor isn’t the only one who has something to prove in the burgeoning professional relationship the two of you have. If you don’t provide him or her with prompt payments, he or she will begin wondering if you’re going to pay at all. Therefore, to start your renovation on the right foot, it’s important to make sure you give your contractor his or her first check on the first day of your job.
This is something of a good faith payment; it will let both of you know the other is serious about the remodeling project getting completed. One recommendation to protect yourself, however, is to withhold 10% of the total payment until the project is finished. Make sure you clear this with your chosen professional ahead of time if it’s something you’re interested in.
Little things go a long way.
Your contractor and his or her team will be spending a lot of time in your house. As a result of this, you are likely to get to know the crew. Sometimes, they might have to arrive extremely early or stay extremely late to do certain parts of your project. On these days, in particular, making sure they have access to dinner and water is an incredibly kind gesture. It won’t go unnoticed by the team doing your project!
Don’t be hard to get ahold of.
Contractors understand that life happens and they certainly don’t expect their clients to be available 24/7. It is, however, important to be as accessible as possible, especially on days when you know major decisions about your renovation will need to be made. If your contractor can’t reach you about a particular issue, he or she may have to delay work, which will cause the entire team to fall behind.
Communicate well throughout the project.
The number one thing you need to do to have a great relationship with your home remodeling professional is communicating regularly! The better you and your contractor are at keeping one another in the loop, scheduling payments, and having set deadlines for every aspect of the job, the better off everyone will be throughout the entire process.
If you choose Hatch Homes for your upcoming renovation, and we certainly hope you do, you won’t be disappointed. We have spent years earning the trust of families throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia and are proud of the work we do each and every day. We look forward to scheduling your first appointment soon!