In our last blog, we covered 5 Things Social Media Can Teach You About Remodeling and shared a few apps that can help make the design planning portion of your remodeling project easy and fun. But, what happens after you’ve gathered inspiration and tested out how items will look in your home? How do you begin your remodeling project? When it comes to working with a remodeling professional, the more prepared you are the better things should go, including your ideas and goals. Here are some things you can do to ensure the first meeting goes well.
Much like on a first date, you should relax and get to know each other. The remodeling process should be fun. It can be stressful to think about what’s to come. However, the more relaxed you are, the easier it will be to express your thoughts and needs. You’ll want to ask a few questions to make sure that the remodeling professional and yourself are a good fit – and that you’ll get the result you want.
Questions to ask a Contractor
In addition to asking the questions in the last paragraph, keep a notebook or file on your computer full of the ideas, your needs during and after the project and concerns. This way you can easily reference it as the meeting moves along. When the remodeling professional asks you for feedback on design possibilities, you can flip through it with them. Should you want to reference their process in relation to your expectations, you can turn to the section with your needs and expectations. As things change, you can write them in the notebook to ensure you don’t miss discussing it with the contractor.
You will be working with your contractor throughout the process. Therefore, the relationship should be a positive one. The contractor you choose should be one you feel comfortable talking with and expressing your concerns to. Small talk mixed in with the professional talk can help everyone relax and feel comfortable. Don’t be afraid to have fun during the first meeting (and, in general). In fact, you should be enjoying yourself most of the time. Let the contractor do the hard work. That’s what they are there for.
Listen to Each Other
A good contractor will listen to you and may be taking notes to help you plan the design. You should also listen to the contractor. Why? This lets you know how well he or she understood the instructions and desires you provided. Once you are done expressing your concerns, let your contractor talk and help you come up with ideas. Listen to what he or she says to ensure that your style and needs are understood.