From Tim on June 2nd, 2009 in General Remodel
Photo credit: Emily C.
Should I provide lunch or dinner for the contractor? Well it certainly is a nice bonus and like any business, sometimes these perks have a way of coming back and benefiting the customer. After all, you’re saving them time and money by providing a free meal. I’m sure any contractor worth his or her salt will look at this thoughtful gesture and perhaps try to balance things out with a reduction in costs or labor. And even if that’s not part of the scenario, providing a lunch once in awhile is still okay. What you don’t want to develop is a misconception that it’s an everyday meal ticket. One nice lunch shouldn’t turn into a daily expectation. Cost in groceries alone is enough to deter me from becoming the chuck wagon express. Nope, we don’t want to go there.
My recommendation is to make a special occasion or celebration out of the meal. In every remodeling project there’s a certain phase of the project that’s a little tougher to complete than others. To recognize the contractor’s efforts, prepare a celebratory lunch or dinner. This says you’re grateful for the progress that been made, you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and you want to raise a toast to their hard work. Most people pick up on the idea, and do not expect this to be a routine experience, especially if you do it towards the end of the project.