Home & Garden The Do's and Don'ts of Keeping Your General Contractor Happy

18:21  17 may  2017
18:21  17 may  2017 Source:   Architectural Digest

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  The Do's and Don'ts of Keeping Your General Contractor Happy © Photo: Roger Davies Working with a new general contractor is like any fledgling relationship—you're a little nervous, a little excited, and wary to make any wrong moves. Do you offer your contractor water or do you not? Do you hang around at all times or do you give him or her some space? Tom Miller, a certified remodeler and the national president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, answers these questions and many more, below, and we've broken them down into simple do's and don'ts to follow during any renovation.

Do speak your mind

"Open and clear communication is the single most important aspect to building a good relationship with your remodeler," says Miller. "This starts at the very beginning of the project and includes a signed contract, agreed upon timeline and budget. Establish other ground rules upfront so issues don’t crop up later." And be sure to voice any questions you have, no matter how silly they sound. "Don’t make any assumptions," he notes.

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Do establish a point person

We all know that the game of telephone never ends well. Instead, Miller suggests choosing one person in your family to work directly with your contractor.

Do offer water (if you want to, that is)

"Most remodelers do not expect the homeowner to provide water or snacks," says Miller. "It’s not necessary but it is nice—especially water on a hot day."

Do have a plan if you're not on site

"The complexity and length of the project and how long you’ve known your remodeler can determine whether or not to be home," Miller explains. "For convenience, some homeowners will provide a key or passcode so the remodeler can work without interruption. However, you shouldn’t do anything that you’re not 100 percent comfortable with."

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Don't leave out fragile valuables

"Take the time to put items away that could be damaged if in close proximity to the work sites," Miller recommends. The last thing you want is grandma's vase in pieces.

Don't let kids and pets run free in the work area

"Safety is first for both the job crew and for your family," says Miller. "Something involving an addition or whole-home remodeling may require that the family relocate during the construction process."

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