Creating the Perfect Partnership with Your Contractor

By Women Designing Kitchens at Royal Kitchen Designs

You would never go to the dentist, grab the drill from his hand and give yourself a root canal. So, why do people think it is okay to hire a professional to remodel their home and then try to play general contractor themselves?

In many cases it’s because of cost. People think that by hiring their handyman to do some of the work, they may be able to save money. In theory that may seem like a good idea, but it never is. Not only do you lose the oversight a professional remodeler provides, but you can now take on all the liability. This can result in work stoppages, bad decisions and numerous other issues. When you come in and try to play contractor, you prevent the professional from doing his/her job.

A professional kitchen designer or home remodeler is just that, a professional. As with any profession, they are educated and have years of experience. That is what you are paying for – the piece of mind of knowing you have hired a professional to design and oversee your renovation project.

Respect is another important issue. Just as you would never insult your dentist by giving yourself a root canal, you should not insult your designer by trying to play general contractor. Mutual respect is of utmost importance to your working relationship. Remember, this person will be in your home on a daily basis. You need to treat them right.

The relationship between homeowner and contractor has to be one of good faith. He/she is your partner. You each have a vested interest in getting the remodeling project completed in a timely manner for a fair price. You want a beautiful room and they want a happy client ready to make a referral.

Royal Kitchen Designs is a full-service interior design and renovation company specializing in kitchens, bathrooms and luxurious living spaces. The company has been serving Broward and South Palm Beach counties for almost a decade. From custom kitchens and beautiful baths to designer draperies, every Royal Kitchen Designs project receives the royal touch. With over 75 years of combined experience, owners Margie Levy and Eliane Berdah can turn any home into a castle. Call Royal Kitchen Designs at (954) 717-1805 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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