Contractors in your Home: The Good, the Bad, and the Best Way to Cope

From on December 02, 2008 in General Remodel

Contractors in the home

My husband and I were remodeling for the good portion of a year, and it wasn’t uncommon to have construction workers in our home for weeks at a time. Of course this interfered with our everyday life, and we had to adjust to the constant disruption. As our differing schedules necessitated, I was usually the one home when they were working. As a woman, it was sometimes a bit unnerving to be there alone with the crews. Most of them seemed quite trustworthy, but I couldn’t help feeling a bit vulnerable.

In addition to the discomfort of their constant presence, many areas of our home were torn apart consecutively. With an infant son learning to crawl, cleanliness was important and practically impossible to maintain. Ultimately, we adjusted to each new phase and made the best of it. Whether it was hanging blankets over exposed doorways or washing dishes in the bathtub, we did what was necessary to see the project through to completion.

For the most part, all of the contractors were quite considerate. We did encounter a few flakes along the way, but most of them realized the disrupted state of our home and did their best to complete their work as quickly and cleanly as possible.

When remodeling, you do open your life up to perfect strangers. That is why developing a trusting relationship with your contractor is so important. Occasions will arise when crews will be in your home unsupervised or with members of your family, and you need to be sure they can be trusted. Hiring friends or family is a good place to start, and finding someone with a solid reputation is the best decision. Only request estimates from prescreened remodeling contractors to ensure the success of your project.

Photo Credit: Mary Merry