By Lance McCarthy
Do you have kids? I’m going to talk to you for a bit. Remember before you had kids how you viewed people with kids? I remember leaving a friend’s house that had three kids. They had been playing with the pots and pans on the kitchen floor (which seems really mild now looking back).
I told my wife how when WE had kids we would definitely NOT let them play with pots and pans. We would have a limit on how many toys they had. We would have wonderfully engaging conversations around the dinner table every night. We would only have screen time on the weekend.
Any of this sound familiar?
And then we had kids and it was really different…to say the least. Don’t get me wrong, it has been wonderful and I wouldn’t trade it for anything (well, most days), but I just wish I had known what I was getting myself into.
This is similar to a remodeling project in a way. Everyone thinks they are ready, and then a guy with boots on swings a sledgehammer and knocks down the kitchen wall and all bets are off. This space that has been your source of safety and peace is literally torn apart. Talk about stressful!
And you are actually giving money to this Destroyer of Kitchen Walls! I don’t know about you, but I prefer giving money to people who make me feel better (yeah, I’m talking about you, dentist).
Now, the result is wonderful, beautiful, the stuff of your dreams, but the process is much less so.
You may be thinking, Lance is the worst salesman for remodeling I have ever heard! Yes, that is actually probably true. But I have found that the most successful projects we have done are the ones where we have done the best jobs preparing the client for what is coming.
We are continually trying to do a better job of that, and admittedly have a long way to go. But keep adding pieces that will help.
We created a sheet we call What To Expect When you are Remodeling. We give it to clients as we are starting a project and ask them to work through it with us. It doesn’t include everything they need to know, but it helps.
If you are starting a project, or thinking about starting one, take a look at this, and even use it to talk to your own contractor to help with the process. The more you are prepared, the less stressful it will be.
And I’m looking for a babysitter for those three wonderful kids that never play with pots and pans and only have screen time on the weekend…if you know anyone.
This weekly sponsored column is written by Lance McCarthy of ReTouch, a full-service, client-based contractor specializing in home remodels. For more information about their services, or to view samples of their work, visit their website.