Home improvement is just as overwhelming as buying a new property—it requires planning, financing and finding a qualified contractor. A successful property renovation means both homeowner and contractor clearly understand themselves and the project. Working with a contractor takes diligence and effort. Here are five tips to successfully deal with contractors during property renovation.

Establish good communication

Effective communication between the property owner and the contractor is the most essential thing for successful project execution. Connecting with the contractor regularly will save you a lot of stress and prevent you from running into problems because you would always be up to date regarding the project. So, it is important to meet the project contractor at least once daily to discuss the progress of the project, the next schedule of work and other essential reports for the effective execution of the property renovation.

The ideal ways to establish good communication with a contractor are:

  • Ensuring you are onsite often to see things for yourself and to meet with all workers
  • Having the contractors number and communicating with him/her always
  • Setting up a meeting with the project foreman every day at a predetermined time

Know what you want and be understandable

Most homeowners don’t know what they want. Knowing what you want before hiring a contractor to work on your project is essential. A well laid out construction plan can save you a lot of stress, prevent you from spending above budget and prevent any argument between you and the contractor. This is because you already know what you want and where the renovation work is heading. So, it is advisable to do preliminary research, ask yourself relevant questions and work with an experienced contractor in the planning stage. By this time, you know what you want and if any changes occur during the project at all, it would be minimal.

Track all changes in writing

At the start of every project, it is advisable to provide an allowance for change order—an addendum to the original contracts that account for any changes on the project. The change orders allow the contractor to describe the project changes and its cost. With this, both parties will have a mutual agreement that can also serve as evidence in case one party makes a mistake throughout the construction process.

Additionally, written documents go a long way if something goes wrong during the project. Either you are just starting the renovation project or you decide to include additional work as the project evolves, putting every change in writing and making sure both parties sign on the dotted line will prevent unnecessary stresses when misunderstandings happens.

Inspect all work done thoroughly

Contractors are experienced and can try their best to create a perfect match to your idea but no one knows exactly what you want except you. This means for you to have a successful replica of your idea, you need to inspect all work done thoroughly. Never assume that the contractor understands what you want because he is only an expert in construction not in reading minds. Always inspect all work done.

However, inspecting all work done regularly does not mean you should be invasive to the contractor. Learn how to strike a balance by giving them the chance to do their job. Proactively ask questions to understand how the project is going to be executed and regularly check on the progress of work. This will put you on top of the job and prevent any lag in execution.

Establish clear milestones

Setting up milestones at certain points during the renovation project is important. Apart from providing both parties—homeowner and contractor—with a clear view of the project execution plan; it helps both parties to work out a perfect payment schedule. Do you want to establish a milestone? Do your research and know what works best for you!