Your relationship with your remodeler is a big part of the home remodeling process. Is it a problem if you and your remodeler see things a little differently?
First of all, choosing the right remodeler for your home is critical and you’ll want to find someone who can deliver the results you want. Here’s a post that highlights some of the things you should look for in a high-end remodeler in the Naples area.
Does that mean that you and your remodeler should always agree about everything? No!
What you should agree on is what you want from your remodeling project. That’s why it’s so important to find a designer/remodeler who will listen to your ideas and your wishes. You are in control. You get to tell the builder what you want (more open space, more light, increased convenience, improved functionality, style and color choices). That’s your job and your builder’s job is to listen and make sure he or she understands what you want.
How those things are accomplished is the builder’s job. He or she needs to come up with a plan for accomplishing your goals. There are times when that may look a little different than what you have pictured in your mind. You may want to take out a wall to open up space inside your home. Your builder may tell you that it’s a load-bearing wall that can’t be moved because the ceiling will fall in. Your builder isn’t disagreeing with your sense of style—he or she just looks at things from a different perspective.
The good news is that a good designer/builder can probably come up with a different plan to open up that space—without taking the wall out. You’re still achieving your goal (more space and light), but it may look a little different than what you expected.
What sometimes happens, however, is that a homeowner and a remodeler have different memories of what was agreed on in the first place. That’s really not unusual—particularly if we’re relying on what we heard (or think we heard). That’s why it is so important to get everything down in writing so that everyone is on the same page. It’s why we use Builder Trend software to record and track all emails, logs, schedules, and change orders. That way everyone involved in the remodeling has the ability to see and understand what is going on, and address questions and concerns immediately.
One of the best ways to make sure that you and your remodeler are on the same page is to ensure that you have a good understanding of the whole process. Our Remodeling Road Map eBook is a great way to get your bearings and ensure a successful remodeling experience. Click here to download it for free!