6 Tips for Hiring a Home Renovation Construction Management Company
By the fact that you’re reading this article, you’re obviously considering a home renovation. You’ve heard the horror stories from friends and family, about how the contractor they hired took twice as long as anticipated to complete the renovation for no apparent reason and went way over budget during the process. But I want to assure you, with proper planning and a knowledgeable construction manager in your corner, your home renovation project can be a fun experience. And it can be done well, on time, at a reasonable cost. Here are six tips to help you get the most out of your construction management company for your upcoming home renovation project.
1. Hire someone who listens.
When you are building your dream home, it is so important to make sure that everyone involved is on the same page. You need to know your goals are being heard and your team is building to the project specifications. Not to mention, when you’re able to articulate your goals to someone who knows how to interpret and achieve them, a detailed plan can be properly developed and executed.
2. Find someone who has experience with the type of renovation you want to do.
This seems like a no-brainer. But again, we’ve all heard a nightmare renovation story involving someone who hired a builder and then something catastrophic happened, due to inexperience. When hiring a construction manager, look at the work they’ve done on similar projects and speak with their references. Doing your homework at the beginning always pays off in the end.
3. Look for a good communicator.
It’s frustrating when you can’t get in touch with someone you’ve hired to work on your home. Let’s face it, things happen. Timelines get extended and sometimes the work takes longer than anticipated for all kinds of reasons. We all understand that, but when your involvement in the project is not prioritized or communication goes unanswered, it adds unnecessary anxiety to the already stressful process of renovating. You need someone who returns your texts, emails and calls, especially during difficult periods of the project. Knowing your construction manager is there for you can help ease some stress of renovating.
4. Choose someone who will tell you the truth, even if it’s not what you want to hear.
We all want to hear that we can have anything we want at the price we want to pay, but that doesn’t happen very often. It’s helpful to have objective and practical information about your project and options, so you know what can be achieved with the budget you have. Accurate project budgeting and ongoing cost-reporting help with your financial planning and cash flow management.
5. A connection is key.
Finding someone you connect with is extremely important, especially when spending your hard-earned money to build your dream home. A connection is one of the most important factors in relationship building. When you connect with someone you are able to build a rapport, which in time, builds trust on both sides. This is huge! You will be working with your construction manager for a lengthy time frame and may feel some stress during the process. Having someone you trust to stand by you until all the work is complete is really important to your overall experience.
6. Take your time! Find a construction manager who is the right fit.
When choosing your construction manager, it can be enticing to go with a company that is available to start immediately. If it seems too good to be true, it very well could be. Reputable businesses are in demand and you might need to wait before your project can start, which isn’t a bad thing. Like any relationship, sometimes these things take time. It may take a couple weeks of research, a couple weeks of meeting with different companies and a week of checking references before you are ready to decide. That’s okay. Being informed and feeling confident in your construction manager is a great way to start a successful renovation project.
As you consider construction pros to help with your renovation or addition, we hope that you found the tips above useful. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a free site quotation. We want you to have all the information you need to make the best decisions related to your Toronto home renovation or, addition.
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