3. Ask the right questions
Some people find it hard to say no. Make sure your tradesperson isn't telling you what they think you want to hear. Ask them to be honest. Check:
- your timeframes and budget are realistic
- what you want done is possible for your house
- they have done similar projects before — ask for references
- they can start and finish when they say they can — ask what other jobs they are working on
- who will be doing the work — them or an apprentice or subcontractor.
4. Make sure the brief is clear
Meet with your tradies to discuss the details of the brief. Ideally, have a document everyone can refer to throughout the project, and update it when things change.
Make sure everyone has a clear understanding of:
- the required level of quality and finish
- who's responsible for what
- contract terms.
Be as detailed as you can be from the start, eg specify where lights and powerpoints should go, list all the different appliances and confirm with your main contractor who needs to do what for each thing. Try to confirm as much as you can before work starts, and make sure that anything that is important to you or that involves a lot of money is put in writing.
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