Remodeling does not have to be a nightmare. In fact, it can be a pleasant experience if you set some ground rules for the remodel with the professional you are working with. Sit down with your designer and remodeler before work commences to talk about your expectations and make sure that nothing is missed. Clear communication makes for happy clients and happy remodelers.
Some ground rules before work begins:
- Identify your needs, wants, goals of the project, as well as your budget. There is a difference between needs and wants, and often your goals and remodel budget will help determine which of them will become a part of the project.
- Read your Retainer Agreement carefully to make sure that you understand everything it contains. If you have questions, bring them up immediately for clarification.
- Distinguish who is the communicator in your home, and who is the communicator on the remodel team. Make sure that the appropriate contact information is had by all parties.
- Assure that the scope of work to be performed, the time frame in which it is to be accomplished in, and the payment schedule are all clearly defined before work begins.
There may be additional issues that present themselves throughout the remodel process. As long as lines of communication are kept open, you will be a very satisfied client.