How to get the best results from the construction professionals

How to get the best results from the construction professionals
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    Pretty much every construction or remodeling project that you undertake will entail a construction or remodeling crew of some kind.

    When you have such a situation, it is very important that you know how to interact with the guys and the girls doing the job for you as this will reap you the best possible results of your project.

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So, how exactly does one do that?

1. Be realistic

You cannot expect to hire two, three guys and expect your new house to be built in three days. Of course, this is a total exaggeration but the principle is the same. There is that much that you can expect from the people you hire and if your expectations are unrealistic, you are simply putting yourself up to disappointment. Also, this may lead to a strenuous relationship which will benefit no one.

2. Understand the pros

Sometimes when we are doing such a great project like constructing a house or remodeling it, things get quite complicated and nerve-wrecking. In such situations, the most important thing to do is to keep your cool and realize that the professionals that are helping you with your project are just ordinary girls and guys with their own lives, problems and issues. They are human. Which means that they may make mistakes or have bad days. Once you acknowledge and understand this, you will know when to react and when not to.

3. Let the pros do their job

When you hire a builder, it is because they know about building and because that is their job. When you hire someone to do your plastering work, you do it because they have years of experience in this and because they will do a great job. These people know what they are doing and they definitely do not need someone scrutinizing over their every move, suggesting stuff that cannot be done and trying to hurry them up. Of course, this does not mean that you should not visit them from time to time and check the progress of the project.

4. Give a helping hand

If you want to save a bit of money and be of help, you can always check with the pros about whether you can do something to help. For example, cleaning up after work being done is not something that requires years of experience and special expertise and you can save on hiring a cleaning crew. If you are handy, you can do even more and help out more. This may cut the time of the project and also develop your relationship with the pros.

5. Be friendly to the pros

There is no need to start inviting your plasterer to your child’s birthday parties or taking your plumber to visit your in-laws with you; still, you can be friendly and have a relationship tad is a tad more than just professional one. Call it courtesy. Bring the crew sandwiches and cold sodas and surprise them. Take them out for a few beers when the job is done or a big part of the job. Chat with them when you visit the project site. On the other hand, try not to be Michael from The Office and become an annoying mosquito buzzing around them. No one likes that.

Author: James Burbank has years of experience in interior design and remodeling. Currently he does consulting work for a number of firms in US and Australia and shares his experience with anyone who wants to hear from the horse’s mouth.

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