Renovations can take an unexpected emotional toll on you, your daily life and your relationships. From simple things like not being able to use the coffee maker to the intrusion of having others in your home day after day, can really turn your life upside down. It is important to choose a contractor who understands the emotional side of a renovation. Homeowners often ask about contractors qualifications, past projects and the cost of the project, but there is more to it. Ask plenty of questions in advance to ensure you understand your contractors’ values. You will be putting a lot of trust in your contractor through the process. The better you know them and the better they know you, the less anxious and more at ease you will feel
It is much different working in a construction zone than having to carry on your everyday life in it. Look for a contractor that understands this, takes the time to get to know you and puts a plan in place to make everyday tasks a little easier for you and your family during the renovation. Having a plan in place will help reduce anxiety and will ensure that you are prepared to deal with the reality of the renovation. It will also ensure your contractor knows what your expectations are. Some things to discuss would include dust containment, daily clean up (Will the home be left in a clean state at the end of each day?) and respect of your space (Which areas will employees have access to?). You’ll also want to have a communication plan for inconveniences. Should the renovation require periods where amenities like a sink, toilet and appliances are not available, how and when will you be notified?
Our goal is always to build long lasting relationships with our clients by exceeding their expectations and gaining their trust through each stage of the renovation process. The emotional aspect of a renovation, and the steps we take to lessen that toll, are an important part of our process. Making your renovation a positive and rewarding experience. – Maria & Dallas Ritz,DSR Developments, www.dsrdevelopments.ca