We all have expectations. Some can be pretty lofty, and others, not so much. But if you’re considering remodeling part—or all—of your Naples-area home, what should you expect from your remodeler? The answer to that question depends on what you want to achieve—and on the remodeler you’re talking to.
If you’re looking for a high-quality remodeling of your kitchen, bathroom, exterior—or even your whole home—here’s what we think you should expect.
You should expect your remodeler to listen to your requests, desires, and expectations. You should come away from a meeting with your consultant with a sense that the contractor clearly knows what you want—and isn’t just selling your “a remodeling job.”
A high-quality remodeler should understand how to achieve the results you want and should be able (and willing) to explain the process to you. Sometimes that may require sharing a different way to accomplish the results you want. But you should expect your contractor to make you feel comfortable that he knows how to deliver the results you want.
You should expect that your contractor has the skill to execute the design plan that’s been created. Your remodeler should convey confidence about the project. And a good way for you to be confident in your contractor’s ability is to take a look at projects he’s already completed.
When it comes to your home, you probably have great expectations—that’s good. But it’s also possible to have unrealistic expectations. Are there things that you shouldn’t expect—and really shouldn’t worry about?
Remodeling a home is both an art and a science. And while the process relies on carefully drawn plans (as it must), the materials and tools used in the process make absolute perfection impossible. Minor imperfections are part of the remodeling process. That doesn’t mean you should accept shoddy or even less-than-top-quality work. But if you expect surgeon-like precision in every facet of construction, you’ll be frustrated. Doors and drawers should function properly. Countertops should fit together without gaps. But microscopic imperfections will occur.
How do you avoid the frustration of great expectations not being met? Talk to your remodeler early in the process. Discuss your expectations. A good remodeler will tell you what he can and can’t promise. And you can talk together about whether or not meeting those expectations will really impact your enjoyment of your new kitchen, bathroom, or addition.
Great expectations are . . . well, great! Quality remodelers welcome them. We certainly do! But it’s important to make sure your expectations are also realistic.