The Process of Working With a Contractor

August 1, 2019

Working with a contractor to complete additions, renovations, or new home builds is a process that is often unfamiliar to homeowners and homebuyers alike.

Maybe you’ve never taken the steps toward drastic home improvement, and you’ve finally set aside time to work on the home. 

Maybe you’re renovating a home to move into, or you’re thinking through all of the steps for your new home build. 

Regardless of your need for a contractor, you want to know what the process is like when researching and hiring the best contractor in your area.

In this blog, you will learn about the process of working with a contractor, what to expect, and how to prepare for your home improvement project(s).

Start By Researching The Best Contractor For You

So, you want to find the perfect contractor for your needs? This greatly depends on the style and the scope of your project in its entirety.

You should look at past work, galleries, and portfolios of the contractors you’re considering. Ask your trusted friends or neighbors for referrals. 

If you see work done on friends’ and families’ homes in your area, ask them which contractors they’ve used. 

Read testimonials from your potential contractor’s past clients. 

Discuss past experiences with your potential new contractor, and see if they’re the right fit for the project you need to be completed. This may require finding a contractor with skill and expertise when it comes to your project. 

 

Begin Planning Your Project Together

When you meet your contractor, you’ll discuss the full scope of your project. They will be a sole network of connections and resources for your project.

You will hash out all the details of planning, from pricing and budgeting to materials and an estimated timeline.

They will be your go-to for every aspect of pricing out and planning each construction phase.

This is where you can get creative when discussing ideas, and you should definitely use as much detail as possible. 

You’ll want to share your vision with your contractor to the very best of your ability, as you can expect them to give you accurate guidance and support. 

Your finished product depends on how well you explain your inspiration and truly paint a picture for your contractor. When you have an idea or example, you can always show your contractor photos, and draw things out together so your contractor can better understand your muse.

Ask About Specific Home Improvement Requirements

Your contractor should be talented, educated, and driven.

They will have the knowledge and expertise to answer all of your questions regarding your project, and they’ll provide you with certain specifications on your end when it comes to details in the home. 

For example, depending on the type of project at hand, your contractor may advise you to take safety and careful precautions in the home.

On your end, precautions will most likely be protective and planning precautions, like laying down the canvas, removing fragile from the home, and decluttering personal space and moving things into storage for the time being.

Your contractor may also advise you to make certain choices for colors and materials beforehand to save time and keep efficiency high. 

You may want to make space for construction equipment that will most likely be kept in and around the home for the duration of the project. 

 

Think of the Details of Each Element of the Home

Each room, hallway, and element of the home will require different finishes and fixtures to be complete. This means you may also be required to work with plumbers, electricians, and others depending on the scope of your project. 

Let your contractor do the work for you.

They can help you estimate the cost of materials before your project begins so this is factored into your personal total cost of the project.

Keep a list of these requirements and talk with your contractor about each step to ensure there are no surprises.

Expect Consistent Communication Throughout Your Project

With a great contractor, you’ll experience consistent communication throughout your project. Your contractor will give you updates on your progress and stay in touch frequently.

When you’re updated on the progress and are included in every step of the way, you will understand your project and you’ll trust that your home is in good hands.

You’ll naturally want to ensure your project is staying on budget, and within your timeline, but a good contractor won’t have you worrying.

A good contractor won’t leave you wondering or confused about the status of your project.

Project management is a huge part of construction, and contractors have the responsibility of delivering on time and as promised. Updates that keep you informed and constant, clear communication is something you will greatly value through this experience. 

When all is said and done, the process of working with a contractor is successful with the use of clear communication and proper research. 

The right person to work on your home will feel right, and if a contractor doesn’t naturally understand your vision, maybe they’re not right for you or your type of required work. Don’t be afraid to ask the necessary questions in order to get everything you want out of your dream projects.