LOVE THE MAGAZINE DESIGNS – LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT CONTRACTOR
GET THE 411 ON Not Only HOW TO GET THROUGH IT but How to Begin it - the remodel that is!
Remodeling is about relationships. Are you ready for a long-term relationship? (hereafter known as an LTR)
In the pre-dating phase of the relationship, it’s all about you! Even before calling for pricing, you must decide if this project is really something you want to do. Whether it’s a cosmetic makeover of a small bathroom or a whole house makeover, you really must look at the relationship aspect of someone working in your home. The only thing that is different about either of these projects is the length of time the contractor will be there. It really doesn’t matter in the end if it’s two weeks or eighteen months. If you wouldn’t be comfortable with someone in your home for two weeks, how would you handle the “emotionology”* of an eighteen month project?
As for remodeling, if the project is longer than two weeks, it is an LTR. It’s imperative to give thought to the length of time this relationship is really going to last and how everyone is going to get along. Remember, what’s involved here is the ‘emotionology’ of the money and mess a remodeling project costs and creates. A contractor is coming into your personal space, getting it dirty and charging a good deal of money to do so.
FINDING MR. OR MS. RIGHT – Choosing the Right Contractor
If you’re ready to start “dating”, start thinking about what you want in a relationship even before you make that first phone call. How do you want someone to act in your home, treat your kids, what kind of follow-up do you expect, what are your perceptions of clean-up at the end of each day? These are all things you’d think about if you were going to move in with someone because essentially several some ones are moving in with you. They may not be spending the night but they’re going to be there all day, in most cases, without your supervision. You want to be able to trust them to show up, do the work planned for that day and lock up when they leave. So when you pull all of your researched information – yes, there is research involved – together to schedule two or three contractors to give you bids, you must have a list so you can compare apples to apples when it comes to the interviewing process.
I've been in the home improvement industry for over 25 years and have been a general contractor off and on for 15 of those years. I am still remodeling homes in the San Gabriel Valley area of Southern California but decided to add coaching, workshop presenter and now author to my plate when I made a decision to become part of the solution to what has become a really big problem in an industry I love and has been very good to me.
I began my practice as a remodeling coach ten years ago. It was around the time we started hearing about “nightmare contractors”. I thought, “wait a minute, I’ve had some homeowners who were less than dreams!”
That’s when I realized that remodeling was a 50/50 relationship and if it wasn’t cultivated as such - nightmares occurred. Those nightmares were (in most cases) caused by a gap in communication and it could come from either side.
So, I decided that both homeowners and contractors could use a coach when it came to their relationship - the remodeling relationship that is.