As a homeowner, one of the coolest experiences you can have involves a fun home renovation. It’s always nice to transform a space in order to breathe new life into it and customize it even more. To make things even better, it’s nice to know you don’t have to do the heavy lifting if you hire a contractor. However, there are a few things you’ll want to remember as the homeowner during a major home renovation project.
1. Get clear on what’s needed from you.
As you sit down with the architect and the project manager, get clear on what’s needed from you throughout the process. It might be that you need to set aside a certain amount of money for unexpected costs. It could be that you need to expect to be ready for weekly meetings. Whatever they need from you during the process, make sure you’re clear about everything before they swing the first hammer.
2. Protect your valuables.
It’s not that you’re assuming that people will steal your things. It’s nice to hope that everyone has integrity. However, you don’t know all of the contractors and workers who will be coming in and out of the home. Make sure that you put away any prized possessions or valuable assets. Whether you choose to put them in a safe or in a storage unit, protect your really valuable items.
3. Be respectful.
Be respectful of those who are doing the work. Don’t get in their way. Don’t be rude and micromanage everything they’re doing. It’s probably best if you stay out of the way and allow everyone to freely do their job. Imagine if you were being watched while you were getting work done. It’d feel pretty uncomfortable.
4. Express appreciation.
While you’re probably paying a pretty penny to get the work done, make sure to express appreciation to those who are putting in the hard work. On the first day of the new project, leave a thank-you note and a few beautiful food gift baskets. It’s a great way to set the tone and let them know you appreciate everything they’re doing to create the home of your dreams.