Do’s & Don’ts of Keeping your Contractor Happy

Working with a new general contractor is like any fledgling relationship—you’re a little nervous, a little excited, and wary to make any wrong moves. Do you offer your contractor water or do you not? Do you hang around at all times or do you give him or her some space? Here are some simple dos and don’ts to guide you during your renovation –

DO you speak your mind? – Open and clear communication is the single most important aspect to building a good relationship with your contractor. This starts at the very beginning of the project and includes a signed contract, and agreed-upon timeline and budget. Establish other ground rules up front so issues don’t crop up later. And be sure to voice any questions you have, no matter how silly they sound. Don’t make any assumptions.

DO establish a point person – Everyone involved in a renovation has thoughts and ideas. It is important and recommended that one member of the household works directly with the contractor. Compile thoughts/ideas throughout the day and whether you have daily or weekly site meetings with your contractor; bring these ideas into action then. This keeps for a steadier and smoother project.

 DO have a plan if you’re not on site – The complexity and length of the project and how long you’ve known your contractor can determine whether or not to be home. For convenience, some homeowners will provide a key or pass code so the contractor can work without interruption. However, you shouldn’t do anything that you’re not 100 percent comfortable with.

 DON’T leave out fragile valuables – Take the time to relocate your valuables from the main work areas. If you have a spare room that is not included in your renovation you can relocate your items here. If you are taking on a full gut renovation, we recommend an outside storage unit. This takes stress off of you being concerned with your belongings and stress off your contractor to not damage.

DON’T let kids & pets run free in the work area – Safety is first for both the job crew and for your family. Something involving an addition or whole-home remodeling may require that the family relocate during the construction process.