Help Make Your Home Remodeling Project a Success
If you have made the decision to embark on a home remodeling project, you are likely experiencing a combination of feelings at the moment. You should be excited at the prospect of enjoying a new and renovated space. If this is something you have wanted to do for a long time, you may be relieved that the day has finally arrived when you can put your vision in motion. At the same time, it is natural to feel some anxiety about the project, and worry about how the whole process will go. That is especially true if you haven’t been through a big renovation project before, and have heard horror stories from others who had renovations go badly.
While it is understandable to be nervous at the prospect of a major home improvement project, we want you to be able to focus on the happiness this space will bring to your family. To that end, we can suggest a few tips to help ensure your renovation goes as smoothly and happily as possible.
Choose the right professional
Obviously, the first (and most important) step you will take in this process is selecting a home improvement contractor. That person will have most of the power to determine how this whole experience goes. Your contractor will be doing the bulk of the actual hands-on work involved with overseeing the job and keeping it running smoothly. So they will play a major role in determining how you feel about the way things go, and how stressful (or not) the process is for your family. Unplanned issues and challenges will crop up—they inevitably do during most home improvement jobs—but your contractor should be able to handle most of those issues without ever having to bother you with the details.
Ensure good communication
While your contractor should make it a priority to keep you informed, good communication is a two-way street. It is also your responsibility to make the contractor aware of any issues, concerns or questions you may have. Don’t assume they know what you want or take it for granted that they understand your vision. It is far better to communicate in too much detail, as opposed to not enough. Whenever possible, you should put all important information or updates in writing, to confirm that all necessary parties are kept up to date and make sure everyone is on the same page.
Enable and trust them to be your proxy
In many ways, your contractor serves as a middleman throughout the course of the job. They serve as your representative or proxy when dealing with sub-contractors, crew members, vendors and others involved with the project. It will be tough for them to fulfill that role in the best way if they don’t have your total cooperation and support. They will need guidance and clarification from you as to exactly what your goals and priorities are regarding the job, including insight as to what issues are non-negotiable and, by contrast, where they have some flexibility to make adjustments. You must also trust them enough to make the right decisions on your behalf.
Stay upbeat and flexible
Few people find a renovation project to be enjoyable and fun, especially during that middle period when the real nitty gritty (and often messy) work is being done. But trying to maintain a positive attitude can go a long way in setting a good tone for the process, for your family as well as the crew members and others involved. The occasional hiccup is bound to happen, but if you can try to take it in stride, this will be a more pleasant experience for you and everyone else.
Focus on the end goal
If you start to reach the point where you get stressed or impatient about the project, try not to dwell on the little details or temporary inconveniences. Focus on the end result: that beautiful new space your family will enjoy when the work is complete. Most likely, that space will bring you happiness for years to come, long after any construction-related stress has become a foggy memory. Keeping the drawings, renderings or even a “vision board” of the final plan will help you keep your mind on what you can look forward to, which will likely make the process of getting to that point seem very worthwhile.
We want this process to be a happy experience for you, one that will be associated with good memories. That’s why RW Remodeling prides itself on making home renovation projects free of stress and headaches for our clients. Contact us to discuss your home remodeling project in Phoenix.