Thursday, March 20, 2014

How to deal with a contractor

Having the opportunity to build or renovate your home as you please is a dream for many homeowners. However, with this dream comes a number of responsibilities and challenges, one of which is dealing with a contractor. As your primary contact for making your vision a reality, the contractor plays a huge role in your home construction or renovation project.

Discuss the scope of work with your contractor and put it to writing. Establish a clear contract detailing the cost, materials, schedule and other pertinent information, to avoid disputes on the scope of work and unmet expectations on the details of the project. 

It’s therefore important to find a good contractor and establish a great working relationship with him or her. Get tips...

Detailed scope of work

The problem in dealing with contractors usually stems from an unclear agreement on the scope of work. Discuss the scope of work with your contractor and put it to writing. Establish a clear contract detailing the cost, materials, schedule and other pertinent information, to avoid disputes on the scope of work and unmet expectations on the details of the project. 

Careful planning

Construction and renovation projects are expensive, particularly when things are not going as planned. Costs typically shoot up when changes are made on existing plans and decisions.

Plan carefully before you commit to decisions. This will help you avoid do-overs and save on additional expenses. 

Clear communication

You should have clear communication with the contractor at all times. Unmet expectations, additional work and other problems should be discussed immediately, as soon as they arise.  Keeping your communication lines open will help avoid conflict resulting from miscommunication, and it will also help solve any issues at hand. Be clear in communicating your requirements and expectations.


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