Hiring trade professionals for your remodel can be a daunting task. When I was first starting out in the industry, working on kitchen designs and selling cabinetry, I often witnessed people having struggles with their contractors or subcontractors. I knew from working on many of these projects that most of what had happened could have been avoided with set decisions and clear instructions from either party. There is a reason why people decide to hire an interior designer or a project manager to provide them with turn-key services - because managing trades is much harder than it seems. Now, I make it a point to do everything in my power to help prevent this from happening to my clients, whether I'm managing the project or not. So, here's the deal: If you are planning on managing your project on your own, make set decisions and communicate them and your expectations clearly with your hired trade professionals.
You are capable of making great decisions on your project. The professionals you have hired are there to guide you and will give you educated suggestions; take them into consideration and don't doubt your ability to reason.
"How do I go about finding the right professionals for my job?", you ask. Here's my process:
1. Ask people you know. Tell people about your remodel, oftentimes those you know will know someone else who is fit to help.
2. Check the internet. Instagram is a great tool for finding professional help in your area. Search location-specific hashtags for professionals that may be the right fit for your project.
3. Interview each professional. When I find a trade I'd potentially like to work with, I call and hold an unofficial interview of sorts. I ask them about their projects, their niche, and their clients. I get to know them just a little by talking to them, and oftentimes doing this can reveal if you will get along or not.
4. Don't be afraid to get different estimates, but don't get too many. If you get too many, you may get overwhelmed. This isn't always true, but usually, the least expensive guy is that way for a reason, and the most expensive guy is overpriced. I tend to go with the middle man unless interactions and reviews have proven otherwise.
4. Once you find one professional you trust, ask them who they typically work with or recommend for other areas of the project.
Again, when you find the right professionals and hire them, make sure you are communicating effectively. Make sure to pay them in a timely manner so that they continue to prioritize you and your project. Thank them for their work and their time and communicate when you are dissatisfied. Make sure that all of your trade professionals are on the same page at all times, so that they can work together as well.
If this part seems either overwhelming or really not worth your time, consider hiring a project manager. Jamie Nell Design is a full-service interior design firm. We offer turn-key services to our clients - getting to know them and their needs, creating a design that fits perfectly to them, and managing trades to the very end. I appreciate all those who tuned in to our event, Jamie Nell Design's Ultimate Guide to Remodeling and I hope that the information proved useful to you! You should now have more knowledge and confidence towards your remodel!
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