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Four Things To Consider Before You Enter Into A Client-Contractor Relationship


It is never easy converting someone else’s idea into reality which is the primary point of tension between clients and contractors. The client dreams of a remodelled master bathroom with a marble sunken tub and a kilometer-wide vanity, and the contractor has the tools and resources to make it happen. Sometimes the reality of a project doesn’t always meet the expectations. Because of the tricky nature of such partnerships, we put together a list of 4 things to know before you go forward with your selected contractor.

1. There Will Always Be Stresses Along The

Unfortunately, not everything goes according to plan. Some things may take longer than initially planned for, speciality equipment may not arrive on time, the god factor (weather) may come into play, or any of the thousand possible minor catastrophes. This is okay. Just relax and breathe!

2. Often Subcontractors Are Involved In The Process

Bearing that in mind, clients should talk with their contractors and review what aspects of the project will be tackled by subcontractors. From there, clients should check up on the subcontractors slated for the work and verify their certification, expertise and quality of service. If red flags go up during the process, discuss it with your contractor!

3. Specifics Are Always Better Than Generalities.

Contractors need to know exactly what the client wants and that means the client needs to be entirely clear and specific with their desires. It is the contractors job to fulfil the client’s idea and turn it into a reality, but that is hard when they are having to fill in blanks. Otherwise, if the requests are too general, the final product might not match up to the client’s ideas.

4. Communication is Key

Open communication at all levels of the project is key to creating a great contractor-client relationship. This ensures any delays are handled appropriately, changes are made when they are requested, ideas are properly implemented and so on. If there are faults in the communication process there will likely be a fault in the construction process.

Hopefully this makes the entire client-contractor process a little easier for everyone involved!