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1. We want to make you happy, if we can figure out how. There are many details on a project that are not cut and dried, with multiple possible results. One person wants to see the brushstrokes on a painted cabinet, while another considers them a mistake that needs to be corrected. Your top priority might be something most other people don't care about. Sometimes what you think is obvious and clear is anything but. Multiply this by a thousand details and you begin to see why the process of getting to know you and your wishes is a challenge. Bear with us and understand that if we end up doing something that doesn't make you happy, it doesn't necessarily mean we didn't try — and we will keep trying until we get it right.2. We are privy to the details of your life, but we're not that interested. Your friends probably don't spend eight hours a day in your house for three months and climb into a closet full of your clothes (to find the shutoff for the tub). You could argue that your contractor knows you better than your friends. Except for one thing: We are not trying to get to know you personally, except as it pertains to our job. So we may be climbing through your closet, but we have a job to do, so we're not wasting time eavesdropping or checking out your letterman jacket. We'll keep it professional if you do. If you forget to pick up your underwear or empty the ashtray piled high, we'll look the other way.3. We might not really like your idea; we're just saying we do. We've been doing this too long to sweat the small stuff. If it's what you want and it's not dangerous or a terrible investment, we're not going to argue the point. There are too many things to discuss to get bogged down by everything. If we just think it's silly, we'll get to work anyway. After all, it's not our house — you're the one who lives there. If you want our opinion, ask! We'll be happy to share.
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steffiekb added this to House additions
May 25, 2014
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sammymagee added this to Colour, Decorating& Furniture Styles and Reference
December 9, 2013
10. Ten Things Your Contractor Might Not Tell You. I'll be honest — after writing about 90 things I've learned, I was tapped out. I had to start telling you the things we're not supposed to tell you. This ideabook will help you know what your contractor is really thinking.
Lilia Garcia added this to liliagarcia's ideas
August 18, 2013
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July 11, 2013
Contractor's Tips: 10 Things Your Contractor Might Not Tell You
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April 26, 2013
10. Ten Things Your Contractor Might Not Tell You.
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April 23, 2013
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stephanie wiegerink added this to Contractors
April 12, 2013
10 things your contractor may not tell you.
marsharebel added this to REMODELING
April 9, 2013
1. We want to make you happy, if we can figure out how. There are many details on a project that are not cut and dried, with multiple possible results. One person wants to see the brushstrokes on a painted cabinet, while another considers them a mistake that needs to be corrected. Your top priority might be something most other people don't care about. Sometimes what you think is obvious and clear is anything but. Multiply this by a thousand details and you begin to see why the process of getting to know you and your wishes is a challenge. Bear with us and understand that if we end up doing something that doesn't make you happy, it doesn't necessarily mean we didn't try — and we will keep trying until we get it right. 2. We are privy to the details of your life, but we're not that interested. Your friends probably don't spend eight hours a day in your house for three months and climb into a closet full of your clothes (to find the shutoff for the tub). You could argue that your contractor knows you better than your friends. Except for one thing: We are not trying to get to know you personally, except as it pertains to our job. So we may be climbing through your closet, but we have a job to do, so we're not wasting time eavesdropping or checking out your letterman jacket. We'll keep it professional if you do. If you forget to pick up your underwear or empty the ashtray piled high, we'll look the other way. 3. We might not really like your idea; we're just saying we do. We've been doing this too long to sweat the small stuff. If it's what you want and it's not dangerous or a terrible investment, we're not going to argue the point. There are too many things to discuss to get bogged down by everything. If we just think it's silly, we'll get to work anyway. After all, it's not our house — you're the one who lives there. If you want our opinion, ask! We'll be happy to share.
jlt10 added this to important considerations
April 1, 2013
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March 31, 2013
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March 31, 2013
Ten things contractor might not tell you
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March 31, 2013
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March 31, 2013
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March 31, 2013
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March 31, 2013
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March 31, 2013
10 Things Your Contractor Might Not Tell You
alisonjeang added this to alisonjeang's Ideas
March 31, 2013
Good for future reference if we ever finish our basement.
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March 29, 2013
Nice article
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March 29, 2013
I like that its is showing all tools
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March 24, 2013
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March 24, 2013
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March 24, 2013
Great article!
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January 18, 2013
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