By Renée Biery

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Add-on’s, renovations, and new construction homes can seem intimidating to take on. How do you even get started? How do you find and manage contractors? What surprises should you anticipate coming up? How long do these things take?

In this podcast, you will learn all that and so much more!

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What you will learn from this episode: 

  • Got a funny feeling about someone? Act on it!

  • Your friend’s experience might not be the same as yours

  • The importance of meshing personalities on the job site


How do you hire the right person for you and your home renovation project?

You might have gotten three or four referrals, so how do you know which one is best for you and the results you are looking to achieve?

Today I want to talk about this because it has come up a few times in the past week. These women are in the process of building their own teams for their home renovation projects. They were both out of state but running into similar problems.  They were both talking to me about the people they’ve been interviewing.

One of the ladies had 3 different plumbers she was talking to – all highly recommended. She had their estimates, and they all seemed to be the same. But she was telling me how the last one came to do the estimate and dismissed her on some of her questions. My first response was not to hire him. If he’s doing this on day one, and not explaining why he’s not fully responding to your questions, and you get a funny feeling from him, regardless of the great things you’ve heard, you need to build the right team that works for you.

If there’s a weird ‘I don’t know moment’ with someone, remember, they will be in your home every single day until that project is completed and that feeling is only going to get worse. 

If you get a funny feeling from someone, if they are dismissing your questions and come across as arrogant, or maybe it’s the opposite and it seems like they don’t know what they’re doing. Just because someone else had a great experience with that contractor doesn’t mean that you will. You might, but you might not. Don’t overthink it, and spend all this mental energy on the why. Just move on.

Personalities are so important on job sites. When I am put on teams that have been built before me, it’s a quick scramble to figure out personalities and how personalities mesh. That’s going to be your role as well. Once you hire the electrician, then you have to hire the plumber, the floor guy, or whoever else you need. All of these people are going to be on the team together. More likely than not, they don’t know each other at all. So when you’re interviewing these people, not only do you have to take your own personal gut into consideration but all of their personalities as well. 

You might be sitting there thinking that this sounds a little overwhelming. It can be, but it’s manageable. I want to give you permission to not only listen to your gut but to act on it.

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