Keeping your cool and your money when working with construction professionals

Written by Posted On Friday, 11 July 2014 01:08
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You can be the most accomplished DIY person in the world, but when you are building a home or doing major remodeling work on it before you put it on market, you will need the help from professionals such as builders, painters, plasterers, plumbers and so on. And like every professional relationship that you encounter, this one is also fraught with danger and potential problems that may result in loss of money, your nerves and some great professionals. So, how does one avoid this and ensures the best possible relationship with their construction professionals?

1. Remember they are just people

There is a tendency, especially in the developed world, to consider the professionals you hire more as tools than people. They are not. All of the people who are working building, decorating, remodeling and refitting your home are people just like you with their problems, with their fears, with their preferences and so on.

What this means is that every professional may have a bad day at work which may result in some delays or problems which you should ignore. Of course, if it becomes a rule more than an exception, you may want to react.

2. Let them do their job

Imagine that you have someone hovering over you constantly in your office, shop or some other workplace, checking up on your every step, giving their suggestions and asking questions incessantly. It would get grating in no time, wouldn’t it?

Well, it is the same for construction crews and professionals who are working on your home. You hired these people because they are professionals and because they are good at what they do. It is very unlikely that they need you orbiting them and their work, constantly finding flaws and adding suggestions.

3. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty

This one is more in the “saving your money” category. Namely, you can usually save at least some money by getting your hands dirty and doing at least some of the work yourself. For example, there is really no need to pay up for a cleaning crew after some minor work.

You can also give a helping hand during plastering and painting work. Of course, you should never push and try to do stuff that no one expects and wants you to do.

4. Be friendly

There is absolutely nothing wrong with trying to be friendly to the people who are working on your home. There is nothing wrong with buying the crew a few cold ones after the work is done, helping them out when they need you to, shooting the breeze with them while you are on the site. This will only be beneficial for the work they do as they will want to do the best they can for a friendly client.

4. B. But not too friendly


On the other hand, no one wants to have a client who is trying too much to become a “buddy” and who is constantly being a distraction. On top of all this, there is always a chance that you may come across someone who will try and take advantage of an over-friendly client. This is not saying that pros are just looking for a way to charge you more or anything like that. Still, it would be remiss to fail to mention this eventuality.

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