What Should You Tell Your Contractor?

Stacy CookGeneral

Honesty and transparency are essential when working with a contractor. As a homeowner, it’s important to be open and honest about your goals and expectations for your renovation or home improvement project. However, there are some things you should not tell your contractor, as it could lead to misunderstandings or even sabotage the project. In this blog, we will discuss what not to tell your contractor and the potential consequences of hiding information during your home renovation or remodeling project.


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  1. Don’t Withhold Information About Your Budget. One of the essential factors when remodeling your home is the budget. It’s vital to set a realistic budget for the project to prevent any financial issues. Not disclosing your budget upfront with your contractor could lead to misunderstanding and unexpected costs. Make sure to inform your contractor of your budget so that they can work with you to create a realistic plan that stays within your financial means.
  2. Don’t Hide Any Structural Issues. Some homeowners may want to hide existing structural issues such as water damage, cracks on walls or ceilings so that they don’t affect the outcome of the project. However, when remodeling, the contractor needs to know of any underlying issues that could create problems in the future as it could lead to additional costs and unexpected issues. Hiding structural problems from your contractor could cause further damage to your home and hinder the project’s progress. Make sure to disclose any structural issues upfront with your contractor to prevent future problems.
  3. Don’t Conceal Your Timeline. Some homeowners may have a strict timeline for their home renovation project, such as for a special event or a visitor’s arrival. Not telling your contractor of your timeline could cause a delay in the project, which could create frustration and unnecessary issues. Make sure to communicate your timeline clearly so that the contractor can set up the schedule and complete the project on time.
  4. Don’t Keep Your Vision a Secret It’s common to have a vision of what you want for your home renovation or remodeling project. It’s also important to share this vision with your contractor to avoid any misunderstandings. The contractor needs to understand your vision and what you’re hoping to achieve so that they can create a plan that meets your expectations. Keeping your vision a secret will only hinder the project’s progress and after the job is completed; you may not like the result. Communicate clearly with your contractor, and work together to achieve a result that will meet your expectations.
  5. Don’t Hide Your Expectations. Some homeowners may have unrealistic expectations about the outcome of their home renovation project or be unclear about what they’re hoping to achieve. Hiding your expectations or not being clear with your contractor could lead to a disappointing result. Be upfront and clear about what you want to achieve so that the contractor can ensure that their plans align with your expectations.
  6. Don’t Hide Any Issues With Your Previous Contractor. If you’ve worked with another contractor in the past and there were issues, it’s important to disclose this information with your new contractor. Not informing your contractor of any issues could affect the new project’s progress and how the new contractor handles the project. Be upfront and share any past issues with your contractor to avoid any future problems.

Honesty and transparency are critical when working with a contractor on a home renovation or remodeling project. Avoiding withholding information or hiding any issues will eliminate potential problems and result in a better outcome for everyone involved. It’s also important to work with a reputable contractor, such as ORC Services, who value honest and transparent communication. We encourage our customers to be truthful with us and work together towards a common goal. By sharing all relevant information and expectations, we can create a plan that meets your needs and expectations, while staying within your budget and timeline.