No matter what you want to improve – a bathroom, a kitchen, an addition, or even a deck – your contractor is the most important piece in the remodeling puzzle. (Architects will be part of a later blog, so don’t worry). Their talent, communication skills, attitude, and professionalism are the keys in getting what you want.
It’s very important that you seek out the right people to manage and complete your project, and that you establish a relationship built on total communication and understanding about your goals and expectations. For many of us, this is how we run our daily lives in our careers, but seldom do those skills come into play when remodeling our homes, and that is a mistake. I think part of the reason is the emotional tie to our homes, which can sometimes steer us in the wrong direction. Our homes are places where we find comfort, raise our children, watch the big game, and gather family and friends. While all that is wonderful, your remodeling project is a business proposition, and your contractor is approaching it to make money. Always remember that! Your contractor search should focus on the handful of quality professionals that exists in every city or village.
Those remodeling contractors will be members of organizations like the National Home Builder’s Association or the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. The problem with these contractors is that they are usually busy. The good ones know how to run a business, and your challenge after you find them will be to wait. And try not to be so surprised when they say it will be at least 6 months before they can start. While things may move a little faster these days, it is always better to wait once you find the right fit. Ask for references – that is very important. When you get those names, take the time to make the calls and find out about the experiences that those clients had. And in particular, ask for a project that was completed 5 years earlier. You should be more interested in what they have to say about that, rather than the project that just finished up 1 year ago. Now – good luck with your project and get busy!