Taking the Mystery Out of Remodeling – by Reva Kussmaul

Avoid a Remodeling Nightmare – 7 Secrets

Avoid a Remodeling Nightmare & Experience a Remodel-on-Purpose.

Remodeling on Purpose:  When the homeowner is open and honest about what they desire as well as being honest about their expectations, they’re entering into the relationship of remodeling in a purposeful manner.

These secrets will help you choose the best contractor for your project.

The more clarity you have about what your expectations are as a homeowner, the fewer problems will arise during the project.  So:

1.  Never select a contractor based on money alone.

It really is true that “you get what you pay for”.  Whether it’s high or low it’s quite simple –  what are you really getting for the price you will pay?

2.  Do not think all contractors are the same?

No two contractors are the same and no two remodels are the same because all houses and homeowners are different.  When meeting for the first time, communicate and listen!  This will allow you to see exactly where each contractor differs.

3.  Call more than one contractor for bids.

Sometimes it’s not possible to get three contractors out to write proposals on your job but at the very least I suggest you get two bids – unless, of course, you’ve worked with a contractor prior and like everything about that company, because once you find a good fit, go with it.

4.  In a “down market” you won’t get it for less.

Homeowners, just as your cost of living has not gone down, the same is true for the contractor.   So, why would you even think you’d get the job for less?

5.  Don’t think the job will get done “over-night”.

Real life remodeling is not Hollywood or reel life.  Things take time and overnight does not exist other than “the paint will dry over-night and we’ll do the second coat tomorrow”.

6. Don’t choose a contractor who doesn’t draw up a time schedule that makes sense.  

Talk about time, money and mess up-front, discuss it with clarity and good communication which includes listening. You want absolute, crystal clarity on time-frame.

7.  Ask for references and call them.  

This is probably the most simple way to avoid nightmares along with clear, honest communication.  Listen, ask questions and if you don’t feel you are a fit for each other – walk away.  It’s OK for both the client and the contractor to say no.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *