Your contractor is a busy guy, so he might not have told you everything about his day-to-day plans as you work on a home remodeling project together. The good news is that it’s easy to get caught up to speed with this handy guide. If you’re making changes to your property, here are just four things that your contractor might not have shared with you.
1. Bugs can bring your entire project to a halt.
Termites are more than just a nuisance. If they’re discovered within the walls of your home, your contractors will be legally obliged to stop all work and call for an extermination. The same goes for things like mold and asbestos. They can affect both the health of your workers and the structural integrity of your property, so they need to be dealt with before remodeling projects can resume.
2. Your contractor will come with a team.
Contractors rarely work alone, especially on big projects that require knocking down walls or building new floors. Your renovation team might include a wide variety of planners, plumbers, engineers, electricians, sub-contractors and construction workers. Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of different faces on the team, and don’t be afraid to vet them with your head contractor, either. You’re entitled to know who has access to your home.
3. Your contractor might not be on-site every day.
Your contractor might have several different projects going at once, and he might not be physically on-site to supervise your renovation every day. This doesn’t mean that he’s being lazy or that he doesn’t care about the work. He’s just multitasking like his profession requires. If it really matters to you how often he’s on-site, sit down with him and work out a schedule where he comes to your home for a certain amount of time each week.
4. There’s no such thing as a standard contract.
While some firms or agencies might have “usual” procedures for general contractor leads, there are no federal regulations about what contractors do or how much they charge. Everything is negotiable. A good contractor will be willing to work with you about prices, policies and protocols, so bring your haggling skills to the table. If you feel like something could be done faster or more cheaply, ask how he can make that happen. You might be surprised by how flexible your contractor can be.
These are just a few industry secrets that your contractor may not have told you. At the end of the day, it’s important for both of you to be fully honest and communicative with each other. It’s the only way to get the dream home that you’ve always wanted.