11 Things Your Remodeling Contractor Wants You to Know

by Oct 6, 2020Remodeling Tips0 comments

Remodeling contractors play a crucial role in your quest to improving your home. Very few homeowners have the time, experience, or ability to remodel a house by themselves, and that’s where the remodeling contractor steps in. They organize your home remodel and make sure it is completed successfully.

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

Imagine this scenario: You’ve hired the contractor to help you out with your full-scale bathroom remodel, and their team is fully on-board. Then you tell them that you want your cousin, a plumber, to handle the plumbing. You also have an uncle who will take on the electrical work.

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

You find it hard to let go of that knotty pine kitchen cabinets from 1952 that looks so vintage and romantic that reminds you of a mountain cabin, so you ask your contractor to refurbish and reuse them with the remodel.

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

Inserting Some DIY Probably Won't Save Money
Contractors are often faced with a question from homeowners about whether the homeowner can save money by DIY-ing part of the work. While circumstances can vary from project to project, generally speaking, it’s not a good idea. Most of the construction work builds upon the trade of the person who worked the job before.

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

Homeowners are valuable to contractors because homeowners are a source of immediate revenue. Another important reason is that contractors need homeowners to give them a positive word of mouth.

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

Change is Inevitable
Some suspicious homeowners believe that contractors underbid remodel projects while planning to load up the projects with extra tasks once the contract is signed.

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

While a contractor can help you get permits, they cannot make the permit office bend its rules when you want special provisions for your home, like having no windows on your residential basement. Out of respect, do not even ask the contractor to try to do this as it might jeopardize the contractor’s standing with the permit office and result in hefty fines.

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

Your contractor will appreciate it if you tell them that you chose them after shopping among five or more contractors.

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

Remodeling contractor fees can seem pretty expensive, especially when you’re considering the already high budget you’ve allocated for your home remodeling project. The first instinct for homeowners is to bargain down the contractor fee. However, keep in mind that your contractor can be your partner in saving money.

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

The Sooner the Requests, The Better
Do you feel like delivering clear, exact information to your contractor is causing them a nuisance? Are you hesitant to add to the list that details the remaining items to be done towards the end of the project? While no contractor likes an impolite client, no contractor also wants to deal with requests when everything is almost complete, which may lead to resentments that can turn into lawsuits. Be civil and professional about your requests, and make sure to put them in long before the project is finished.

They Want You Out of the House

Your contractor is working on your first floor. That means you can still stay on the second floor, right? Wrong. While it is your house and your rules, and your contractor does not have the right to tell you to vacate your home for the remodeling, everyone will benefit if you stay out of their way, especially if it’s a big project. Staying as far away as possible can help prevent safety issues and space problems.

Remodeling is a Serious Business

Your remodeling contractor wants to do business, and he may want to do it with you. The contractor will likely want to go ahead with the project if the job you have is one that the contractor is experienced at, and if it’s easy to work with you, the homeowner.

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