How to Make your Remodel a Success?
Remodeling can be a stressful, time-consuming process. It seems nobody has yet mastered it; everybody has an experience with delays or difficulties during their remodel, and it seems to have become an inherent part of the process. However, it doesn’t need to be this way. Most setbacks in the process occur from human error, specifically with communication between the homeowner and the developing parties (contractors, architects, designers, etc). Boiled down, almost all difficulties within remodeling occur because of miscommunication; to combat this, here are five tips to help you make your remodel a success through effective communication.
Get to know your potential contractor’s style of communication. When choosing a contractor, add communication style along with skill, experience, and expertise. Communication style will set the tone for the entire home remodel project. We suggest working with a contractor who uses communication software, as communicating details for projects is much more simple through those platforms.
Does your contractor encourage you to ask questions? The remodeler you choose should encourage you to communicate your needs, ideas, and concerns. This would include being able to ask questions and receive satisfying answers.
Discuss the Agenda
Know how your contractor’s plans to discuss the project. Will there be scheduled walk-throughs, along with weekly reports? Will the remodeler communicate through phone calls, text, or email? How quickly can you expect a response to any questions or concerns? Additionally, a contractor who uses project management software with client communication features, such as Pillar, is able to provide you with the project schedule laid out simply on one app. This ensures that you and your contractor are on the exact same page at all times, and can eliminate miscommunication on what needs to be done on any given day.
Pay attention to the outline of scheduled work. Is it detailed? Does it explain the work timeline? You can use this schedule as a guide to understanding when and what the remodeler plans to do. Don’t hesitate to ask clarifying questions. This schedule should also outline for you important dates for any decisions you will need to make about your remodel. This might include paint colors, flooring, plumbing and lighting choices. Effective communication softwares, like Pillar, store these details on one platform so that these details aren’t lost through phone calls, text chains and emails.
Make sure you understand your contractor’s policy on change orders, as well as warranty and service policies. Knowing the policies can save you time and money on your project.
Pillar is a project management software that has an emphasis on client communication, allowing your contractor to effectively manage your project while also keeping you in the loop on what is going on with your remodel on any given day. By laying out the project timeline in detail for both you and your contractor to view at all times, phone calls and confusing text messages are eliminated, being replaced by a simple app that allows you to see what needs to be done today, tomorrow, or any given day up until your project is finished. Additionally, with our selections tool, you can store all details for any room so that they are never lost or forgotten through text messages and phone calls. Whether it be paint color, appliances, countertop height or even the style of door handles, all these details can be added by you for your contractor to find on the app, so that you always get exactly what you want. To learn more about us, come visit us at our website, or check us out on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.