Home Remodeling Mistake #5 : Poor Communication with the Contractor
Some people are afraid to look “dumb” if they ask questions of the contractor, or if they don’t understand something. This is self-defeating; no question is dumb. Free and open communication with your contractor is essential for a good remodel experience. A good contractor will welcome questions and be willing to address your concerns. If you just want to understand how something works, most contractors will be glad to explain. An informed homeowner is usually a happy homeowner, and the contractor wants you to be happy.
If you see a potential problem, don’t assume the contractor has seen it too. It is possible someone has made a mistake. Let the contractor know so he can fix it sooner rather than later. The contractor will thank you for your attention. Remember, the contractor cannot be there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – and you wouldn’t want to pay him for that much time, anyway!
Having set times for talking to your contractor can help you communicate regularly. Not knowing what is going on with your remodel can be a huge source of stress. If you have done your homework and chosen a good contractor, you should be able to trust them to do their job. But trust does not replace regular communication. You must be communicating with your contractor, and this is most important at critical stages.
Even if everything is perfect and nothing needs to be done, you will feel good knowing that your project is proceeding smoothly and on schedule.