Remodeling projects should be done right—there is no room for discussion regarding this. How to achieve this is a whole other discussion which involves both client and contractor working together smoothly. There are key things to keep in mind to ensure a project proceeds as expected, and these are methods often employed by professionals as experience usually brings individuals to this conclusion. In her book Homeowner’s Guide to Stress-Free Remodeling, Emma Auriemma-McKay shares her own experience during her time as an architect and what she found to work best in projects as a professional.
Again, planning is important both for clients and contractors. Auriemma-McKay stresses the importance of proper planning as it was something she learned to appreciate more as her career continued. A lack of planning can lead to multiple problems, such as being wrong about the project timeline or budgeting. One experience Auriemma-McKay brought up was how an acquaintance of hers proceeded on a project without consulting an architect. The project was about getting a second-story addition but the plans were rejected because of a height restriction. If an architect had been consulted, this restriction would have been known beforehand, time and money would have been saved. Professionals should be consulted so that these hassles can be avoided, as proper planning is etiquette employed by professionals. On the other hand, it’s important to be aware that some minor hiccups can’t be avoided and to prepare for small disruptions. This can include factors such as weather and so on, things that can pop up without warning. By just mentally preparing, these issues won’t feel as severe if/when they occur.
Aside from planning and ensuring the contractors employed are professionals, it’s beneficial if clients are involved with the decision-making processes during the remodel with the input from professionals. Before, we mentioned that our goal is to empower our customers with one of these outcomes being customers becoming more involved with their project so they could derive enjoyment from the process. To expand upon that, by giving clients confidence and allowing them to be more involved in the remodeling process, there’s less of a chance of the client being unhappy with a certain part of their project. Since they are more involved and have a better understanding of what’s going on, clients not only make well-informed decisions but also ones that will reward themselves. Auriemma-McKay states that “someone else may not resolve an issue the way you want”, so customers being involved can ensure problems are resolved in an appropriate manner.
This concept of involvement also ties into another thing Auriemma-McKay states is crucial for any project: communication. Going back to the point of empowering customers so they can be more involved with a project, this also makes communication easier. Empowering clients includes relaying knowledge such as terminology to them so they can have a grasp on what’s going on with their project. By doing this, it’s easier for a contractor to communicate a change in plans or what the next step entails. The opposite is also true, with this allowing the client to feel more confident about asking questions to the contractor and communicating their wants and needs. If everyone involved in a project have differing agendas, this may appear in the project with something going wrong: for example, if there are differing opinions on the budget, this may cause unwanted decisions to be made.
Any remodeling project is a huge investment with multiple moving parts. So, it is best to remember good planning, communication, and involvement, and we believe that professionals in the industry are familiar with all these things to ensure a project goes smoothly. 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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