Call The Contractor

By: Kelly Babcock

Call The Contractor

Tags: Contractors, Renovations

I've done a lot of things in my life. I've been a farmer, a printer, a computer repair man and a computer programmer. I've been an auctioneer, yeah, that one surprises people.

I'm an editor, a musician, a poet and I write both fiction and non-fiction. I've done graphic arts work, and I've done in-house website technology and support.
 

Not done yet


I've worked in kitchens and dining rooms.

I've been a personal health care and support worker.

And I've been a contractor and handy man.

 

So let me tell you ...


I know a few things about renovations and how, as a customer, you might want to go about getting them done.

The first thing you need to realize is that contractors are called contractors because they work under contract. And that means that you need to know what's in your contract if you're going to get what you wanted.
 

Ninety-nine percent

 

I'm not saying that contractors can't be trusted. In fact, 99% of them are in this for the long run and need to know that you aren't going to be out there telling the world what they did wrong.

But while most of them know exactly what they're doing, most customers only know the broad strokes.

And sometimes customers feel let down when they ask for something and what they get isn't what they envisioned.

 

Here's the goods ...

 

I've got a list of tips for you if you're about to embark on a journey into the land of renovations. Think of it as a list of things to pack so that you'll be sure to enjoy the trip.

 

 

Remember to get as much detail included in the contract as possible. Make sure that it accounts for all the work you want done. Make sure also that it includes the name of the contractor, what parts of the job he'll be subcontracting, whether or not he'll be responsible for getting required permits, a start and finish date, who's responsible for cleanup, and explicit details of when payments will be required and what terms are available.

 

And ...

Since it's often difficult to tell what will be required until a job is started, and since sometimes budgets can be broken by the extras, it's always a good idea for a contract to detail an exit plan. Make sure that if the job has to be stopped for any reason, that all parties know what the results of that will be. A percentage of the contract price may be owed still, but outline who will be responsible for material costs and work both done and not completed.

 

Listen

 

A renovation can make the difference between just having a house, and owning a place that really feels like home.
Getting to come home to just what you wanted after a long day at work can make all the difference in the world. But if you hire the wrong contractor, or if things that weren't planned for arise, or if what you ended up with wasn't everything you thought you were getting, it can make your home feel unwelcoming.

And the best contractors want your home to be your favourite place, and they want to be your favourite contractor, the one you tell your friends to use.

So give them, and yourself, the best chance at a successful renovation.

And good luck.

 

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