At Factor we believe that remodeling your home will improve your quality of life, and we strive to make the process just as positive as the outcomes. But hey, you’re remodeling for you, not us. We get that. Our focus is on your unique situation to create smart, beautiful designs that improve your daily life.
Creating inspired spaces starts with starting the conversation. Here are some tips for creating open communication and mastering your expectations.
Avoid Rushing the Process
Remodeling is a complicated process and despite careful planning unforeseen changes can come into the fray. You will run into delays, you will find yourself behind schedule, you will make big decisions under pressure and you will become frustrated. This is an invasive process, and it might feel like a full-time job. Take the time to think and talk about everything you want with your contractors before you begin anything. Also consider all the angles: understand what implications are included with the construction process.
Ambition is admirable, but when it comes to your home it can take on a life of its own. So much so that soon you are completely re-doing your entire home instead of coming to the decision that you should look for a new home entirely. Adjust your expectations and focus on what you can change in you space so that it can enrich you and your family’s lives.
Talk About Your Budget
This can be a challenge, and talking about numbers can be a bit taboo and make you feel vulnerable. It helps to build up to the big “numbers” conversation if you are clear with the other decision makers in your house before discussing your remodeling budget with your contractor. Get clear about what you have to spend and where you can afford to splurge. A united front will make you feel supported and more confident in discussing something so personal. Once you understand your personal budget, you will be more comfortable discussing your fiscal expectations with a “stranger”. Contractors use this figure to gauge product selections for your project, and to make sure their recommendations are what you can afford. Remember we work for you, and we want you to be proud of your home.
Explain how you want to utilize each room, provide pictures, show your contractor your Pinterest page, explain what lights you up about this project and what terrifies you! Pictures are worth a thousand words and allows the team you are engaging in an idea of what your aesthetic and personality is.
Avoid Making Assumptions
As much as we or any other person might want to be at times, people are not mind readers. Never assume that someone else will know exactly what you are visualizing unless you explicitly explain it or lay it out. Transparency helps teams avoid mistakes, and will minimize disputes in the long run.
There are going to be aspects of your project that take precedent. (I need more workspace in my kitchen…The kids need more storage in their bathroom) Then there are areas to be considered on the “Wish List” ( Custom cabinetry would look great, a marble island would really pull the room together). . Take the time to consider what is an absolute for your home vs. what you could save for another day.
Make sure you are a good fit with who you are working with. Do you like their communication style? Do you think they hear you? Do you think this particular contractor that can achieve what you are looking for? Do you respect their problem-solving approach? If you are hesitant about any of these questions it’s okay to take a step back and start from zero. It’s understandable that you are anxious to get underway with this huge undertaking, but your future self will thank you for appreciating who you are most compatible with. Get a feel for who you are working with, their process, and their employees.
Remember, the end goal should always be to fall in love with your home all over again.