Thinking of Hiring a Contractor? Don't Miss These Tips!

Let's face it: sometimes the projects required in our homes make us realize that a remodel is beyond our expertise, that it's time for a professional. And whether its upgrading the kitchen or gutting the bathroom, working with a contractor can produce a certain sense of anxiety. Anne Higuera, both a contributor over at Houzz and experienced remodeler in Seattle, describes "10 Things to Discuss With Your Contractor Before Work Starts."

The key considerations she describes are to be discussed one week prior to construction in a one-on-one meeting. This face time provides an opportunity for you to confirm workdays/hours and to communicate the schedule of your home – from the parking/trash days to the time when the landscaper mows or the cleaning company comes. This meeting also provides a time for planning – will there be furniture to move? Pets to consider? Discussing these factors prior to construction clarifies expectations on both sides and eases the relationship between homeowner and contractor. Further, Higuera suggests that meetings throughout construction can be helpful. And I agree because once construction ends, it is you who has to live with the work!