11 Things Your Remodeling Contractor Wants You to Know
Remodeling contractors get more than their share of complaints on online contractor referral sites. While these complaints are sometimes legitimate, most remodeling contractors are honest, competent, and polite. For these remodeling contractors, the process could only be improved if clients know a few essential things before inking the deal.
They Would Rather Work With Their People Than Your Relatives
Keep in mind that one of the most important assets of a contractor is his network of tradesmen. They function as a facilitator at the center of a large group of subcontractors (subs). The contractor has go-to people and even a list of back-ups in mind. The remodeling contractor also has a list of problem sub-contractors, which they have gathered from their years of working in the field.
By having your uncle install your HVAC, you are forcing the contractor to work with someone with whom he or she has no established relationship. It will also cause the contractor to deprive work to a group of subcontractors who may depend on the contractor for steady employment. Further, you’re doing yourself a disservice by ditching a group of workers who were pre-screened and qualified to get the job done.
Reusing Your Old Stuff Is Not As Easy and Economical As You Think
But the problem with old things, particularly cabinets, is that while they tend to hold up while in place, they fall apart upon removal. It’s also challenging to remove and reuse wood flooring. While old leaded-glass windows may look great, they are impractical in the long-term, both in terms of energy and functionality. If you really want to reuse an item, consider the added time and cost it will take to bring it to a qualified professional.
Your contractor wants you to understand the full implication of reusing old, pre-used items. Rather than saving money, you might end up adding more costs than you expected.
Inserting Some DIY Probably Won’t Save Money
This means a painter will have a hard time if the drywall finishers did not do their job well, and the drywall finishers will struggle if the drywall installers did a poor job. And it can go on all the way down the line. While it is certainly possible that you are skilled enough to do the job right, inexperienced homeowners will likely mess up with the construction work, causing delay and more significant adjustments for both parties.
They Have Worked With Their People for Years
However, while homeowners are highly valuable, the contractor-homeowner relationship usually ends when the home remodeling has been completed. In contrast, they have known the people in their trades for years, decades even.
If you encounter a problem with a particular person in the trades, the contractor might consider pulling the person from the project to keep the project running smoothly. However, you should have no issues with the trades if the contractor himself sees no problem with working with them.
Change is Inevitable
While some disreputable contractors may do this, it’s not the case for most contractors.
Ideally, contractors would love to have all of the intended work itemized on the contract. However, unexpected things do happen, and walls that are thought to be stable are found crumbly, and foundations worse than expected, so a change in orders, albeit costly and time-consuming, happen. Change orders shouldn’t be feared as they are part of the regular business during house remodeling projects.
They Can Help With Permits That Abide With the Rules
Contractors do their best to maintain a good relationship with the permit office, and asking the office to do things that cannot be done is likely to harm this relationship. Your contractor may have established a good relationship with the permit office and their staff over the years, and one reason you hire a contractor is to benefit from their connections.
Shopping for Contractors is Highly Recommended
It’s not that the contractor is vain, but it tells them that you’re settled and confident that they are the best for your job. Second-guessing your contractor’s ability and credibility once the project has begun will only cause the project a delay and yourself a mountain of stress.
The Markup Fee Is Not Negotiable
Professional contractors work with the client and not against them. And with the contractor’s vast experience, they can help identify a myriad of areas where you can cut down costs. However, the contractor fee should not be one of them, because, in truth, only a part of that fee goes to the contractor’s personal income, and the rest is used to run the business.
The Sooner the Requests, The Better
They Want You Out of the House
Remodeling is a Serious Business
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