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Home Improvement: 4 Tips For Improving Communication With Your General Contractor

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Communication is important in every relationship, including the one with your general contractor. After all, you can't just expect your contractor to know what you want. So to convey your dream, you must communicate.

If communication isn't your forte, use these four tips to help bring down the communication barrier between you and your contractor.

1. Be Upfront And Honest About Your Budget

Even if you have never had a room remodeled, you should have asked for an estimate on the project. Before the project starts, let your contractor know what your maximum budget is. Although it may seem embarrassing, it is the best way to prevent your project from being halted due to budget concerns.

2. A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words

According to the old saying, a picture is worth 1,000 words. In contracting terms, this saying is true. A picture of what you want is the best, and perhaps easiest, way to articulate your vision.

Scour the internet or clip photos from magazines and create a vision board. Focus on the most important pieces of your remodel. Even better, get a sketch done by a professional and send it off to your contractor.

3. Tell Your Contractor How You Plan To Use The Room

Telling—or showing—your contractor how you want the room to look is just the first step. You also need to tell your contractor how you plan to use the room. How you plan to use the room will affect the overall design of the room.

It is also a good idea to tell your contractor about any children or pets that may occupy the space, as this may change the overall design as well. Knowing how you plan to use the room will help your contractor choose materials, appliances, and other important pieces in the space.

4. Meet Regularly

Sometimes it is difficult to see the progress during a home improvement project, especially if it's a big one. Instead, focus on the day-to-day progress, and meet with your general contractor to discuss it—even if the progress is small.

If possible, schedule weekly meetings with your contractor to discuss the progress of your remodel or home improvement project. Ask for detailed explanations of what has happened, what is in the works, and plans for the remainder of the project. Staying in the loop will help keep you relaxed, even if your home looks like a disaster right now.

If you are thinking about having a general contractor come into your home, keep these four communication tips in mind.