Expectations For Your Remodeling Project

Most relationships suffer from unmet expectations. The relationship that you have with your contractor will suffer if they don’t live up to or fulfill your expectations. The reality of the situation is that they can’t live up to or fulfill expectations that are not expressed or made known.
That is where you come in. As the client for whom the project is being completed, you need to have clearly defined expectations for your remodeling project. If you have difficulty in developing expectations here are a few that are common to almost all remodeling projects, whether it be a Kitchen remodel, a Bathroom remodel, an Addition or some other Specialty project.

10 Remodeling Client Expectations:

1. Listen to me, I’m the client
2. Communicate before the start of the project
3. Show up on time
4. Respect my property
5. Be Available
6. Communicate during the project
7. Produce what we agreed upon
8. Clean Up
9. Warrant the work
10. Communicate after the project

There may be many more that you will add or modify that would better reflect your specific remodeling project. However, the most important step is communicating your expectations with your contractor.

You see that the word communicate shows up three times on the list. This is no mistake. Communication is one of, if not the, most important factor in a successful remodeling project.

Gehman Custom Remodeling has developed our own list of what you can expect if you choose to enter into a relationship with us. Click here to view our “What to Expect…” document.

You will find that you will build a relationship with your contractor simply because they are spending a fair amount of time in your home. The kind of relationship that you have with your contractor is fully dependent on how well you communicate your expectations.

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Developing Your Remodeling Project Budget

Initially, when you start thinking about a remodeling project, whether it is a Kitchen remodel, a Bathroom remodel, an Addition or some other Specialty Project, your dreams usually start big.

However, there is nothing more disappointing than having your dream remodeling project crash and burn when the contractor presents you with a contract for twice as much as you wanted to spend. This is what we call the “reality check” or “sticker shock”.

Here are some tools to help you develop a realistic budget for your project.

1. Compare – Review your project in the context of national and regional averages using the Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling Magazine. By viewing projects of similar scope, you can get an idea of where your investment may fall.
2. Be Aware – Only you can set the budget. You need to be realistic as to what your personal/family budget can handle when it comes to something like a remodeling project. Using budgeting software can help you get a realistic view of where you are financially and what impact your project will have on your family.
3. Share – Once you settle on a realistic dollar amount that you feel you can handle, share that with your contractor. Sharing this information with your contractor will help them to tailor the scope of your project to meet your budgetary constraints.

Gehman Custom Remodeling would like to be one of the resources that help to shape your project. We can develop preliminary budget projections to guide your decision making process.

Gehman Custom Remodeling is in the business of making dreams come true without breaking the bank.

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Q&A&CQuestions and Answers and Comments are expected and welcomed.

YOUR STORY – Tell us about your remodeling experiences, good or bad. We all have had them and perhaps you can help someone else have a great remodeling experience or avoid the issues that you encountered. Remember…keep it clean and civil or we can’t publish it.

Gehman Custom Remodeling Process

There is little more intimidating in life than embarking on a remodeling project. Remodeling the biggest investment of your life, your home, can be a daunting task if you try to do it on your own.

Gehman Custom Remodeling has utilized our vast experience to develop a remodeling process to take the guess work out of your Kitchen remodeling or Bathroom remodeling or any remodeling project you may have in mind.

Our staff at Gehman Custom Remodeling, including a professional designer, will work closely with you to bring your project from concept to completion. Here is a short, non-exhaustive list of steps that must be addressed to make your Kitchen or Bathroom project go as smooth as possible.

1. Budget – Develop one
2. Expectations – Set these
3. Design or Plan – Have one
4. Selections Process – Expect this
5. Qualified Contractor – Find one
6. Contract – Sign one
7. Permits – Don’t start without them
8. Lifestyle Adjustments – Expect them

We will discuss these items separately in subsequent blog entries. These steps can apply to any and all remodeling projects, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Additions and Specialty Projects.

As much as we would like to, we realize that, for various reasons, Gehman Custom Remodeling cannot win every contract for which we submit a bid. However, if we can help to educate you as the consumer, we all will benefit because our best client is an educated consumer.

Next Time…Budget

Q&A&CQuestions and Answers and Comments are expected and welcomed.

YOUR STORY – Tell us about your remodeling experiences, good or bad. We all have had them and perhaps you can help someone else have a great remodeling experience or avoid the issues that you encountered. Remember…keep it clean and civil or we can’t publish it.