How Contractors Help Clients Make the Best Decisions in a Remodeling Project
As a contractor, we strive to guide our clients through some decision-making processes during a renovation project. We achieve this by not only doing our best to instill confidence in our clients, but by also bringing our years of experience and knowledge to conversations between us and clients. By giving recommendations depending on the circumstance of the project, we believe we set our clients up to make the best decisions that they can.
A way we might try to provide guidance through our own professional recommendation is by discussing the traits of certain materials. When it comes to deciding what material should be used during a project, we are guided by what we know about said material’s functionality, durability, heat resistance, UV resistance, softness, hardness, etc. We want to bring these factors up during conversations with clients, as sometimes the material clients want may not be best suited for their needs. If it’s realized that the initial material(s) won’t be of use, we can start discussing similar options that fit the characteristics the client was looking for. It’s important to us that our clients are informed and confident with the choices they make, and clients being aware of all the options is crucial in building up that confidence. We don’t want clients to realize there was another way to proceed in a project after the work is completed.
We know clients are counting on us to know all the options they have in a project, and to align these options with what suits the client best in terms of functionality, durability, aesthetic, cost, etc. These factors will vary from project to project, as client needs and the project setting itself will differ, so our suggestions will change. One particular example of how we guide our clients cropped up during one of our recent projects--in the original plan, we had existing light fixtures that we would replace. We had a stairwell that needed to be lit and it was set up for fixtures--despite this and the client wanting light fixtures up the stairwell, we recommended recessed lights. This decision was backed by multiple reasons. The stairwell was connected to the kitchen which would have a fixture itself. If fixtures were installed along the stairwell, they would take away from the one in the kitchen due to the proximity. Additionally, the stairwell had three lights that would turn on at the same time--if all three of these were fixtures, it wouldn’t be the most appealing way to light the stairs, especially because all this light would come on at once. Aside from aesthetic purposes, this decision would be beneficial in terms of budget as fixtures are more expensive in comparison to the minimalistic lighting choice we recommended. After this was discussed, our client agreed that this would be the best choice.
Being well-informed is key to making good decisions, which is why empowering our clients with the knowledge we have is one of our values as a contractor. Even if our recommendations may not be what the client picks in the end, what matters is that all the options were explained and understood. Here at Fine Remodeling, we are your Delaware contractor devoted to delivering projects of only the highest quality. Get in touch with us about your next renovation project so you can be sure it's done right the first time. Visit our contact us page and see our calendar to select a day/time for a discussion about your project.
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