5 Tips for Successful Communication With Your Remodeling Contractor

5 Tips for Successful Communication With Your Remodeling ContractorRemodeling one or more rooms in a home can be exciting, besides helping to increase your home’s resale value. But if you don’t communicate well with your remodeling contractor, your project may not turn out the way you planned, which can lead to disappointment and wasted money.

You’ll need to be in touch with your contractor from the moment you first sit down with him to explain what you want, regarding your remodeling project. If you’re planning a renovation, consider these four basic tips for communicating with your remodeling contractor.

1. Explain How a Room is to Be Used

It’s usually not enough to just explain the look you’re trying to achieve. It also helps to share how you intend to use a space or room so that your contractor can remodel a room, according to how it’s intended to be used.

If you have a medium or large-sized family that typically hangs out in the kitchen, or if you entertain a lot, you may need more room for storing kitchen supplies and dinnerware. On the other hand, if you’re single or rarely have dinner parties, you probably don’t need as much storage space.   

5 Tips for Successful Communication With Your Remodeling Contractor Sebring Services2. Use Pictures and Writing


Besides verbally telling your contractor what you want to achieve, put your goals in both writing, as well as use pictures, images or diagrams. For example, look for pictures in home improvement publications like Houzz Ideabooks to show your contractor so that there’s no misunderstanding about what you want done.

5 Tips for Successful Communication With Your Remodeling Contractor Sebring Services3. Keep a Journal for Your Project

There are several reasons why keeping a project diary or journal is useful.

  • By maintaining a project journal, you can have an accurate record of what your contractor has told you will be accomplished on certain dates.
  • A journal can help you to note progress on your project.
  • Use your journal to note any questions you may need to ask your remodeling contractor.
  • Your journal is an ideal way to jot down suggestions and ideas.
  • What’s more, a journal should be used for recording delivery dates.

4. Be Clear About Telling Your Contractor What You Can Afford

It’s crucial that you are honest and realistic about what you can spend for a remodeling project. Thus, tell your contractor the amount of your budget.

Sometimes, homeowners are hesitant to share what they can afford as they think this will increase the cost of a remodeling job. Once your contractor knows what you can spend, he won’t force you to spend money on services or building materials that are too expensive for your budget.

5 Tips for Successful Communication With Your Remodeling Contractor Sebring Services5. Important Additional Warnings

  • Be detailed about you want to do. It’s safer to divulge more details than not to provide enough information.
  • Tell your contractor that you don’t want to have an allowance, which is a line item in a bid for items that haven’t been determined yet. To avoid having allowances, determine what you’ll need prior to your contractor supplying you with a detailed scope of work.
  • Make sure any initial estimate you’ve given is totally understood and not misleading.
  • Ask for a timeline. In other words, you’ll need to know when to expect the project to begin and be completed, along with time estimates of the various in-between steps entailed.
  • Communicate with your contractor early each day before any work starts.
  • Ask if you can send text messages and if you can easily reach your contractor by calling his cell phone.
  • Talk with the foreman early in the day at a specific time. Use this time to express any concerns that you may be having, besides for asking questions.
  • Don’t hire a contractor who seems disinterested in your preferences or needs.
  • Be sure your contractor cares about every detail of your remodeling project and doesn’t seem bothered when calling him.

As you can see, you can’t expect good results if you fail to effectively communicate. That’s why you’ll need to be both attentive and persistent. Don’t hesitate to call Sebring Services. We serve the Naperville, Illinois area and have an excellent reputation for service in a wide range of remodeling projects. If you are just starting out and need advice on the process of finding a great design-build contractor check out two popular articles we wrote:

  1. 12 Home Remodeling Experts Share Their #1 Tip for Homeowners
  2. Finding a Remodeling Contractor: Start with the 3 Best Review Websites.

Please contact us for all your renovations and see what we have to offer.

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  1. Milcarsky's Appliance Centre January 27, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Great post on communicating effectively with your contractor. We couldn’t agree more on how much of a necessity it is to get your vision across clearly to your contractor. That is why we love the tip on using Houzz (or whatever channel you choose) to visually communicate your wants and needs.

  2. Marie Watson June 8, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Thanks for suggesting some ways you can ensure a successful communication with your home remodeling contractor. I like that you mention being clear about what you can afford. You make a good point about how your contractor will be able to work with your budget as long as you are clear about it. It seems like it is vital to make sure you can have a good relationship with your contractor to ensure the best home renovation.

  3. Joanne August 9, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    You’re absolutely right! Good communication is key in anything and your contractor is no exception. Having visuals of your home remodel are very helpful and budget is a must! Thanks for the article!

  4. Wade Joel August 18, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Remodeling is great. It can totally change the style of your home. I agree that you need to explain what the remodeled room is being used for because that needs to be in p0lans.

  5. Lillian Schaeffer December 5, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks for bringing to my attention that explaining how a room is going to be used is useful when communicating with a contractor. My husband and I are going to be renovating our living room and kitchen, and we have some pretty specific expectations. I imagine that it would be a good idea to express those expectations as well as how we intend to use the rooms so the contractor has a good understanding of our goals.

  6. Olivia Nelson January 17, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    I agree that honesty in what you can afford is important when working with a remodeling specialist. I would imagine that your budget would really influence` what kind of remodels you can do. I’m looking to remodel my bathroom so I’ll have to be honest with the contractor about my budget.

  7. Zequek Estrada January 31, 2017 at 11:26 am

    I appreciated the warning to tell your contractor that you don’t want an allowance. From my perspective, it’s not hard to communicate effectively with you building contractor. You just seem to have to know what you want and not be afraid to voice it.

  8. Kent Howton February 8, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    It is rare to find posts that talk about the communication dilemma between contractors and homeowners. Definitely something worth reading!

  9. Rachel Lannister February 28, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    I really love what you said about considering adding more storage options with your new home renovation. My mother has been thinking about remodeling parts of her main floor, and I thought I should look up some ideas. With more storage, she could more easily store her cooking supplies. I’ll be sure to mention this to her, and to advise her towards a contractor who could do that for her.

  10. Caden Dahl March 6, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I like how you mentioned the importance of being honesty and clear about your budget when talking to your contractor. My wife has been wanting to remodel the kitchen for a while now, and I feel like we’re finally in a financial situation to do that. We’ll have to stick to a pretty tight budget, so I’ll make sure to make that clear to our contractor so we don’t exceed what we can afford.

  11. Siaosi March 9, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    I would love to have a remodeling contractor. I think it would be nice to have someone to help me getting my kitchen checked out. I want to get the whole layout redone. I think it would help by knowing what room is to be used for what.

  12. Troy Blackburn March 21, 2017 at 11:51 am

    I love what you said about how it’s crucial to be honest and realistic about what you can spend for a remodeling project. I’ve heard that the most satisfied customers are those that get the remodeling done exactly as they imagined, but also stay perfectly within the budget that they set beforehand. Those that exceed their budget end up shaking their head and feeling frustrated that they didn’t stick to it. It’s possible! I’ll be sure to remember these great tips so that when we remodel our home this summer, we’ll be able to communicate effectively with our contractor.

  13. Jeffrey Lee March 23, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I appreciate that

  14. Braden Bills March 28, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I want to make sure that my remodeling project goes well. It makes sense that I would want to have a contractor help! I’ll make sure that I communicate with them the usage of the room. That way they know what to do with it.

  15. Siaosi March 30, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I like how you mentioned to have a firm price from the beginning. I like how you then mentioned to let your contractor in on it as well. I want to know that I am making the best decisions for the build.

  16. Jane May 11, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I love this and I’m definitely sharing this everywhere. This is all super important for ANY kind of contractor work (including paving). The more sources we have to reference while we’re completing your project the closer to your perfect mind’s eye we can make it.

  17. John May 14, 2017 at 2:33 am

    Being honest about the budget is really the wisest advice because it will set a timeline. There are instances where flexibility is needed but being honest on this aspect may establish the limits and goals of the project.

  18. Ivy Baker May 15, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    I have been thinking about doing some renovations to my home this summer. So, I liked that you pointed out that it would be best to give as much detail as possible to the contractor you hire. After all, it would be nice to not have to worry about something being forgotten or overlooked during the construction.

  19. Ridley Fitzgerald May 16, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    I love the tips you have for communicating with a home remodeling contractor. We want to have a deck put in, along with a remodel of our kitchen area. I’ll make sure to be detailed with everything that we want them to do, like you said.

  20. Annika Larson May 22, 2017 at 11:23 am

    My husband and I are looking to remodel our home soon. We want to make sure we find the right contractor and that we are able to have good communication with them in order to ensure that the final outcome of the home is what we always dreamed of. Thanks for the idea of keeping a project journal to note any questions and to keep any suggestions and ideas.

  21. Tom May 26, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks for the post! These are all great items to make sure someone goes through with their contractor, and the thing is most people don’t realize about these things until they go through their first project. And most people will probably do a full remodel of their home only once or twice in a lifetime. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Taylor Hicken June 13, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Interesting, I never knew that people kept a project journal. It seems like it’d be pretty fun, yet a little bit of a hassle at times. For me, I’d prefer to just hire a serious professional. This way, I know that the work being done will be finished within a timely manner, plus the quality of it in the end.

  23. Danni Black June 13, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I really like your tip about using pictures and writing to show your contractor so there is no misunderstanding about what it is that you would like done! My husband and I have been wanting to redo our kitchen for a while now so we will have to keep these tips in mind. We are really excited to start looking at some ideas so we will have to print a few out to show some contractors. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Dennis Sanchez June 13, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you for the tips. I particularly liked what you said about how you should has the renovator what their expected timeline is going to be like on the project. My brother wants to renovate a good chunk of his basement, and needs a good contractor for the job. With an accurate timeline, my brother could determine if they could get the job done by the time he needs it done. Thank you for the read.

  25. Scott Adams June 21, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I like that you said you should tell your contractor what your budget is. I have been looking for someone to remodel, and I wasn’t sure how much to tell them. I now see how knowing the budget can help them make decisions. Thanks for the advice!

  26. Gloria Durst June 23, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    I like how you say that you would want to find a contractor who will keep to a timeline. It would make sense to find someone who will present a remodeling timeline and stick to it so you know when to move back in. My husband and I are doing a whole home remodel, so we’ll have to find a contractor who will provide us a timeline and stick to it.

  27. Braden Bills June 29, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I want to make sure that I get my home remodeled properly. It makes sense that a home contractor would make the job a whole lot easier! I’ll make sure that I get some pictures and take some detailed notes so that they know exactly what I’m going for with my renovation.

  28. Max Jones July 6, 2017 at 9:19 am

    We’ve been wanting to do renovations in our home for a while now, and I think that taking your suggestion to be clear with a contractor about what I can spend on the project up front would be smart. I know that renovations aren’t a cheap project, so being able to sit down with my wife and figure out our budget would be helpful. I’m going to have to talk to her and see what we can decide on, so that we can let our renovations contractor know what our plans are and what we can afford!

  29. Jade Brunet July 13, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    We are so excited to be remodeling our home so we will have more room for our kids and grandchildren when they come to visit. It is good to know that one should use pictures and writing when working with a remodeling contractor. I like what was said about how one should show the contractor what is wanted so that there is no misunderstanding about what you want done. We will be sure to do this, thanks.

  30. Sandra Hexner July 26, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks for the tips to know how to communicate with a home remodeling contractor. We want to hire one soon to remodel the entire front of our home and the main living area. That is such a great idea to use pictures, written explanations and even use diagrams to be sure that they understand what I want.

  31. Gloria Durst August 14, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I agree that an important step in your renovation is finding a contractor who will conform to your budget. It would make sense to be open and upfront with them from the beginning because it would help you out a lot. My sister is looking for a renovation contractor, so she’ll have to find one that will keep to their budget.

  32. Maxine Wilson August 30, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    My husband and I want to remodel our kitchen, and take out the wall in between the living room and the kitchen. We really want to open things up. I like what you said about keeping a journal. That way, when we think of questions, I can write them down and remember to ask the contractor.

  33. Jane Smith September 8, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Excellent and highly reliable services.

  34. Monica Chavez September 14, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    My aunt in Colorado Springs is wanting to do some basement remodeling. It’s such a big project that she doesn’t know where to start! I think it’s great advice to first explain to her contractor how the room is going to be used as that can makes a huge difference in the design.

  35. Braden Bills September 20, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I want to make sure that I get my home remodeled properly. It makes sense that I would want to get a good remodeling contractor! I’ll be sure to make it clear what the purposes of each room are so that they know where to start.

  36. Brayden Brade September 27, 2017 at 8:05 am

    That’s such a great idea to start with how the room will be used. My wife and I are about to remodel our kitchen and are looking for a contractor to work with. We’ll definitely start here. Thanks for the advice!

  37. Scott Adams October 2, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    I like that you suggested using pictures in Houzz to help show your contractor what you want. I have been needing to remodel soon and I wasn’t sure how to start. I’ll have to find pictures so my contractor has some basis for starting construction.

  38. Greg King October 2, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    I really like your article.

  39. TT Construction October 5, 2017 at 7:25 am

    I like your blog your blog is very interesting and informative. Thank You.

  40. Becca Holton October 6, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    That part about avoiding allowances was enlightening. It really points out how it’s important to research and know what you want. This was helpful for me since I’m starting to plan out the renovations I want to be done.

  41. Bobby Saint October 10, 2017 at 12:59 am

    You made a good point about taking pictures, images, and diagrams aside from just verbally telling your contractor how you want the remodeling done to your home. It is always nice to have a good working relationship with your contractor. If I were to have my own home remodeled, I would also take this into account. Thanks.

  42. Jaque Christo October 10, 2017 at 9:12 am

    These are really good tips when looking for and dealing with your contractor. I like the idea to be honest and upfront about what your plan is and what you can afford. That sets an immediate and clear line of what the contractor can do and how much you’re willing to spend. I think it’s a great idea to keep a journal as well so you can remember certain dates things were to get done and any questions you have for the next meeting. Awesome tips, Thank you for the article.

  43. Concord Home Remodeling October 10, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Great post for both homeowners and contractors to read! Good communication between both parties is essential for any successful remodeling project. Providing visuals of the project is an excellent idea! Thanks for posting such a great article!

  44. Sariah October 17, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    This article is extremely helpful! We’re looking into hiring a home remodeling service soon for our apartment renovation. Explaining how we intend to use a space or a room is helpful than just explaining the look that we want to achieve. Thanks indeed!

  45. Joe Franklin October 18, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I’ve been wanting to do some remodeling, and I think that being able to find a good contractor would be good. I’m glad you talked about making sure that you understand the initial estimate, and that it’s not misleading. I think that being able to get an honest initial estimate for remodeling services would be a sign of a good contractor, and someone we could trust. Thanks for the help!

  46. Marina Wellis November 15, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    It was amazing how you mentioned letting the contractor know the extent of my remodeling budget so that they can provide me with guidance and options. I was planning to get the remodeling done by next spring because my brother who was working overseas will be back by then. It was really hard to plan though because I haven’t actually saved enough. It’s good to know that I have options. Thank you for the information.

  47. Sharon Wilson Smith December 6, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with what you said about how important it is to be honest and realistic with your budget for your bathroom remodeling project that your contractor must know. My mother is looking to renovate her bathroom at home to transform its look to something luxurious. She once mentioned that she has an allocated budget for it. For me, it’s important that the bathroom remodeling contractor is aware of your budget so he knows what exactly you will need that will fit your budget. I will make sure to share your tips with my mom.

  48. Kayla December 7, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I agree that remodeling can be exciting and help increase the resale value of a home. My parents are planning to resell their home because they want to move in a smaller home. My aunt suggested remodeling their home and shared this article with them. It says that if they don’t communicate with the contractor well, the project may not turn as planned and lead to disappointment and wasted money.

  49. Scott Adams December 13, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    I’m glad that you suggested being completely honest about your budget, so your contractor can choose materials accordingly. I have been looking for someone to come finish the basement in my house. I can see how it would be nice to share my entire budget. That way, the contractor will be able to see how much they should buy to finish the project.

  50. Jaque Christo December 27, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Thank you for the 5 tips for successful communication with your remodeling contractor. I definitely think you need to be clear with the contractor what your budget is. You want to be sure what you can afford so they don’t start going over your budget expecting you to pay it.

  51. Scott January 10, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    I’m really glad you suggested sharing your budget with the contractor so they know what they can buy. I have been wanting to remodel my kitchen. I can see how it would be smart to share my budget first because it would help the contractor make a plan as soon as possible.

  52. Kiara Woodsland January 11, 2018 at 1:23 am

    I like that you talked about how essential it is to be clear about your budget limitations so the bathroom remodeling contractor that you’ll hire understands your financial boundaries to avoid problems down the road. My husband and I are looking to have our bathroom renovated. It’s important for us to find a bathroom remodeling contractor that can consider and understand the budget that we have for the project. This is to make sure that we won’t have any problem with the expenses all throughout the project duration. I will make sure to consider all your tips.

  53. Sam Li January 15, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    The best part of your article for me is when you talked about how you can ideally use pictures, images, or diagrams of the goals that you wish to achieve for your remodeling project. My mother and I are interested to have our bathroom remodeled. It’s important for us to ensure that we can see all our ideas incorporated into the bathroom that we’re looking to renovate. It will be clearer for our remodeling contractor if we can show them a visual presentation of how we want our bathroom to look like. I will make sure to consider all your tips.

  54. Sarah Winfield January 23, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Quite an article. As I am looking for room addition contractors and I think your suggestion to maintain a project journal would be really helpful for us since we could use them as a comparison to decide which contractor is best suited for our job. Thanks for the help!

  55. Latoya Anderson February 13, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    I like that you talked about the importance of being realistic and honest with your home remodeling contractor about how much you can afford for the project. My sister is planning to remodel her house by next month. She once mentioned to me that she has saved money for it, and she couldn’t go beyond what she can afford. This is why it will make sense for her to set an expectation to the home remodeling contractor about what she can spend. I will make sure to share your blog with her. Thanks!

  56. Scott Adams February 14, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    I appreciate the advice about finding out when the contractor plans to finish the job. My wife and I plan to remodel our kitchen next month. It would be smart to know how long the job will take so we can plan for how long we need to cook elsewhere.

  57. Pamela Brown February 19, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    The best part of your blog for me is when you suggested putting your goals in both writing and pictures to let your home improvement contractor know what exactly what you want to achieve. My mother has been thinking about doing some renovations in her house. She once told me that she wanted her house to look like the way her friend’s house looks. It will be a lot easier for the home contractors that she will hire to achieve what she wants if she can show them the pictures of her goals. I will make sure to share your blog with her.

  58. Georgia B February 26, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    I love that your first tip is on letting the remodeling contractor know how the room is going to be used. Like you mentioned, this will help your contractor be able to remodel the room to fit your needs more specifically. Then they could catch the vision of how you see the remodel turning out!

  59. Stephanie George March 1, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    What appealed to me the most in your article is when you suggested asking for a timeline from the remodeling contractor that you are considering hiring, so you will be aware when you can expect the project to begin and end. My sister and I are planning to have our bathroom remodeled. Since a birthday party is going to be held in our house soon, it’s highly important for us to make sure that the bathroom remodeling contractor that we will hire can let us know if they can finish the job before the event. I will make sure to consider all your tips.

  60. Kayla March 20, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    My mom wants to buy a new house and sell our current house with a higher value, that’s why she’s going to remodel it a bit. My dad suggested hiring contractors for home remodeling and shared this article with her. It says that we should be transparent on how much can afford for this project.

  61. Sandra Wilson March 20, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    I found it helpful when you suggested using pictures and diagrams to tell your remodeling contractor what you want to achieve. This is a perfect tip for me because I’m looking to renovate our bathroom and I want it to look the same way as my sister’s bathroom. It will surely be easy for me to achieve my desired bathroom by using pictures to show the contractor that I hire, what I exactly try to aim. Thanks for sharing this.

  62. Taylor Bishop March 21, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Thanks for explaining some things that you can do to have effective communication with a remodeling contractor. I’m glad you explained that it could be good to have pictures go along with your writing, especially since it can help you have no misunderstandings about what you want. It seems like it could be good to have something like a scrapbook with notes referring to different points in the pictures you chose.

  63. Sandra Wilson March 22, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    My husband and I are interested in remodeling our house, and we want to make sure that we won’t go over beyond our budget for it. This is why I love that you talked about how you should be willing to share with your home remodeling contractor what you can afford so you can be sure that they won’t force you to spend for materials that are too expensive. Thanks for sharing all your tips on working with a remodeling contractor.

  64. Aldrin April 6, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    Awesome blog! Thanks for sharing this. I found it helpful when you suggested using pictures and diagrams to tell your remodeling contractor what you want to achieve. Again, thank you!

  65. Derek Dewitt April 24, 2018 at 7:59 am

    My wife and I are wanting to remodel our kitchen this year, so thanks for sharing this. I like your point about using pictures and writing to convey your goals to the contractor. We’ll be sure to gather reference pictures so it’s easier to come up with a design that works.

  66. Virginia Johnson May 16, 2018 at 12:39 am

    I got some great ideas from this article. Thanks for sharing this post with us 🙂

  67. Duncan Lance August 16, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    It can be pretty difficult to choose the right contractor for your home addition project. As the article points out, one thing you’ll want to keep in mind is making sure that they know how much you can afford. After all, you will not want the contractor overdoing it on the project and blowing out your budget.

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