ProSource | 9/23/2015 | Expert Advice
If you've had a new home built in the past, you're aware of the potential pitfalls when working with a trade professional. If not, you've probably heard stories from friends.
Whether you're making a decision with your builder, designer, remodeler or other expert, there's always a chance for a tug of war. ("But I'm paying for this!" "But that just can't be done"!)
All this is not to say that trade pros are bad people to work with; quite the contrary. In truth, each is amazing, as you'd expect any creative person to be. And at the same time, they're business people who must keep an eye out for themselves and their employees.
Then there's you – a customer who is paying the bills and knows, or thinks you know, what you want. This type of human dynamic is a natural setting for even an ever so slight disagreement. It would be odd if there wasn't some give and take.
However, most times, such issues are happily, if not easily, resolved. And just like in any creative endeavor, a little confrontation can be beneficial and usually winds up contributing to the quality of the final product. In this case, that would be your home.
So with great hope that your trade pro relationship(s) go as smoothly as possible and lead to the home of your dreams, here are a few tips that will result in a terrific team effort:
Ultimately, you want to feel like your relationship was valuable. Believe it or not, it's easier than you think. Partner with the right person, communicate, let your people do what they do best, and be honest, open and respectful about money. You can start by finding great trade pros at ProSource.
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