5 Tips on Communicating Effectively with Your Home Remodel Contractor—
Over the course of your St. Cloud home remodeling project, you’re going to spend a lot of time getting to know your contractor. In order to have a productive relationship and achieve a successful remodel, it’s important to learn how to communicate well with one another from the start.
Use these five tips when you talk about remodeling with your contractor in order to accurately convey your vision and your family’s needs.
1. Be Honest About Your Budget
Even if you don’t know how much remodeling projects should cost, you probably have a pretty good idea in mind of what you can afford to spend. Be honest and open with your contractor about this figure. Some people are reluctant to share their budgeting information with their contractors because they are afraid that doing so will drive up the cost of the project. However, a reliable, trustworthy contractor will never charge more for a project simply because you said you had the money available. He will, however, use the figure to make sure he isn’t recommending materials or remodeling elements that you can’t afford.
2. Use Pictures Instead of Words
Sometimes, photos are a more effective way than words to communicate what you’re hoping to achieve during your St. Cloud home remodeling project. Tear out pages from magazines, create a Pinterest board, or find photos online that showcase what your dream home looks like. When you show these photos to your contractor, he’ll have a much better idea of what you want and will also be able to make recommendations that suit your taste.
3. Explain How You’ll Use Each Room
In addition to knowing how you want each room to look, your contractor also must know how you’ll be using every space in the home so that he can design and work with function in mind. Share your daily routine with your contractor and let him know how often you use each room and which areas of the home get the highest traffic. Families, for instance, often spend more time in their kitchens than single people do, and so a contractor might recommend using an extra big refrigerator or adding additional storage space for dishes.
4. Give As Much Detail As Possible
Once you have a clear idea in mind of what you’re looking for, be as detailed as possible with your contractor. It’s always better to communicate more often than you need to than to have an out-of-touch client and contractor relationship. Make sure to work with a contractor who is interested in what you have to say and who cares about making sure the details of your project are just right.
5. Discuss Your Project Regularly
Schedule regular meeting times with your contractor to discuss the progress of your home remodel and to find out if there are any delays or questions you need to address. The best home remodeling contractors will make the effort to talk with you and to maintain communication in whichever manner is most convenient for you. Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with your contractor and build an open, positive relationship.
You want to know exactly what you’ll get for your money and at Schoenberg Construction we are happy to tell you by offering you specific, accurate pricing that fulfills your vision at a price that works for you. We value honesty, integrity, trust, and customer satisfaction and proudly pass these core values on to every one of our clients.
Craig Schoenberg — owner of Schoenberg Construction, Inc of Saint Cloud MN — is one of the top General Contractors in Central Minnesota. He always gives honest, fair bids with no lowball, fake pricing, and there’s no sales pressure, ever! He always uses quality materials and never engages in sloppy workmanship. Plus, his company is known as one of the very best construction and remodeling companies in town.
Give Craig a call today at 320-252-0911 for your no-obligation consultation.