Monday, September 19, 2016

How to Get Work Done When Contractors Are Busy: Part 3

Over the last couple of weeks, we started with understanding that we are not the contractors only client and learning how to have patience and communicate effectively with the contractor. Here are the next tips.

Third, get your details together and your ducks in a row. Don’t call your electrician and hem and haw about what you think you want to have done. Don’t have them over to your house if you aren’t really serious about doing any work. It’s ok if you want to get their professional opinion or need their advice. Thoughtfully consider what you want to have done, do some online research, have a clear picture of the materials you want to use, the things you are willing to compromise on and what is a non-negotiable. The longer you draw out the process, the more wishy washy you are on decisions, the more frustrated you make the contractor and the more difficult you make it for them to get you information back in a timely fashion. I am not saying to settle for something you don’t want or accept something subpar just to move the project along.

Fourth, consider the weather. Many times contractors have projects outside and sometimes many rainy days may push their schedule behind or they may be working furiously to complete a project ahead of incoming bad weather. Many times they can’t control their schedule because they can’t control how the weather may affect the timeline of the project. Know that bad weather could push your project out on their schedule.

And lastly, if a contractor is not busy or doesn’t have a backlog, let that be a red flag to you. There may be a reason why that person is not busy when so many good contractors are very busy. The only exception this this line of reasoning would be if a contractor had a project suddenly postponed or delayed and had a block of time open up that they could work your project in to.

I hope these tips are helpful to you and you have great success getting your project started and completed. Do you have any other helpful tips? I’d love to hear. Email me at

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