Three Things Most Consumers Don’t Think About When They Remodel
Planning and going forward with a remodeling project at your home can be a rewarding experience. At the same time, if you don’t choose the right remodeling contractor to work with, the project could turn out to be a nightmare. At HTR we feel bad for homeowners who have experienced a bad contractor.To help prevent others from making the same mistake we have assembled our list of three very important things to consider before choosing a contractor to work with. Although there are many other things you may want consider as well, starting out with these three can help get you headed in the right direction.
Make sure you feel comfortable working with the contractor you choose
Although a contractor’s price for your remodeling project is always an important consideration, what is the value of a price from a contractor you would not feel comfortable working with? Before seeking a price from a contractor make sure he or she is someone you feel you can communicate well with. Examples could include someone who explains things in layman’s terms rather than technical jargon. Someone who really listens to your thoughts, ideas and concerns. Even someone who will take the time and ask you the right questions to help you choose the right project design and products to include.
Who will be at your home when you’re not there?
Many remodeling projects can take a while to complete and during that time many tradesmen will be going in and out of your home. Make sure the contractor you work with, as well as the employees and trade partners the contractor will be sending to your home, are people you can trust and will also feel comfortable with having the keys to your home. Who will be there when your child gets off the school bus at the end of the day? What do they look like, how do they dress, will they use appropriate language at the job site, and will they respect your home as they complete their work?
At HTR, we can typically tell you in advance who will be assigned as your project’s lead carpenter, as well as the names of the trade partners we will be inviting to help us work at your home. We are happy to introduce them to you to help you decide if we are the right team to work with.We are also happy to connect you with a past client or two as references so you can ask them about their experiences with the HTR construction team.
Staying informed after signing a contract
Many home owners have shared with us the disappointments and frustration they experienced with their contractor after signing a remodeling contract.They found that the contractor was attentive and helpful during the sales process but then all that seemed to disappear after committing to the project.They also report their projects got off to a slow start and then took longer than expected to complete.
At HTR we do things differently than most contractors.After we receive a signed contract we begin our coordination phase to get your project ready to start. We call it pre-staging your project. During this important phase of your project we will order and track any special order products to make sure they will be available on time during construction.We will also proactively communicate with you to help you do your part. During this pre-staging phase we will work with you to keep you informed of our progress and at the same time help you make any remaining decisions or product selections.
The three considerations above can make the difference between a good remodeling experience and a poor one.To ensure the best outcome make sure you do your part before choosing a contractor.