Reduce Bathroom Remodeling Stress for Your Client
Many contractors (and homeowners) hastily jump into a bathroom remodel project and unknowingly throw away money by not taking the proper steps to organize their project.
Whether you’re a contractor or a homeowner, it’s important that proper time be given to the planning process. The planning process helps you reduce stress for your client because you provide a detailed scope of work that is written in clear and concise terms so both parties know what’s expected.
7 Ways to Reduce Stress for Your Client
1. Educate Yourself – It’s important that both the client and contractor know exactly what they’re getting into. From the project scope to the materials used, education helps prevent subcontractors from being hit with any unexpected decisions or products requiring additional labor and/or materials to install.
2. Plan, Plan, Plan – Many people assume that the contractor will make logical decisions in scheduling and planning the project. The fact of the matter is that a bathroom project involves numerous different contractors and each one of them has their own schedule and agenda. Getting these folks to physically see the site, submit a proposal and commit to a schedule can be a hard, but is imperative to make sure everyone is on the same page.
3. Hidden Conditions – Many people have no clue about “the hidden costs” of remodeling and, unfortunately, some contractors don’t always let clients know the hidden costs. This can be because the contractor didn’t know about these extra costs, or they assumed the homeowner already knew about the costs. The key is to plan for, expect and inform all parties beforehand to reduce stress.
4. Create A Budget – Starting without a budget is just plain stupid unless you have access to limitless cash. Take the time to define and create a mutually agreed-upon scope of work that establishes a professional, accurate and performable budget. Unrealistic budgets are very common among homeowners that have not researched costs or do not understand what is really involved in a bathroom remodel.
5. Getting Started – Coordination is usually the job of a general contractor or architect. It’s important because without a schedule and proper coordination, the workers and individual projects are segregated and will not communicate well.
6. Choosing And Ordering Fixtures – Early selection ensures that your contractors know what you want installed and can price accurately. It also gives them the opportunity to workout any structural, electrical or plumbing issues and determine whether the fixture is going to work in the space. The advice I give my clients is to choose your fixtures and get them on site where they can be inspected and stored for the project. Once everything is on site you can let the sledge hammers fly!
7. Communication Is Key – Inevitably, the unexpected will happen, but good communication will allow you to handle these issues quickly. Without open communication it’s almost impossible to make timely decisions and move forward in order to keep the project on task.