Planning a home remodel with your partner can be incredibly fulfilling—or utterly frustrating. It all depends on how you approach the project.
Here’s our take on how not to put your relationship on the chopping block when doing home improvement in Wichita, KS:
Tip 1:Communicate with your partner.
The only way to avoid misunderstanding is by talking things through. Both of you need to be clear about what you want to get out of the project. Don’t like the significant others taste? Explain honestly why you think this color or material works better for your home. When it’s the other person’s turn to talk, listen calmly. Remember: discuss, don’t argue. You’re on the same team, after all. Try to relax and enjoy the fact that you’re doing something together.
Tip 2:Reach a compromise.
Houzz calls collaborative remodeling a “crash course in compromise.” Indeed, some of the best projects are a result of partners meeting each other halfway. If you think conflict is about to ensue, see if you can divide responsibilities instead. Your partner can do the decorating, while you take care of the technical side of things. Make a list if you have to, just so you know you’re both on the same page. Assign tasks based on each person’s strengths. This way, you each get your say in areas you’re most confident in.
Tip 3: Hire a professional.
It’s possible to overestimate your DIY skills, and many projects tend to go awry when you do. Unless you and your partner are experienced remodelers, it makes more sense to hire an expert contractor to do it for you. There are technical aspects of a project that takes years to master. If you’re not careful, you could end up with more problems than you started with.
Tip 4:Discuss with your contractor.
An honest and open dialogue shouldn’t stop with your partner. It won’t benefit your project if you tell your contractor one thing but totally mean another. Set regular meetings with all parties present to discuss goals and iron out project specifics. If there are things you’re not comfortable with, bring them up early on. Don’t wait until your project has started before speaking up. Doing so will slow down your project’s progress as well as waste money and effort.
Remodeling doesn’t have to put your relationship on the line. We at All States Home Improvement are your partners in getting the job done right. We take the stress out of home improvement so that all you have to do is relax and enjoy your new roofing, siding, deck, or windows in Wichita, KS.
Talk to one of our experts to get your project started. Call (316) 444-1220 for the Wichita area to schedule a free consultation or get an estimate of our services.