Many homeowners think that sunroom installation should be a straightforward job in the sense that there are no delays and no disagreements during the process. But this is not so, unfortunately, because we are all-too-human in our professional dealings. And then there is also the fact that a communication gap exists between a Knoxville contractor and homeowner regarding the expectations and realities of the project. On one hand, a contractor rolls his eyes at the naiveté of his client in the technicalities involved in the sunroom installation especially when near-impossible demands are being suggested. On the other hand, a homeowner fears that he is being taken advantage of and, thus, interferes with the process to safeguard his interests. To avoid such a communication gap, both the contractor and the homeowner must speak the same language where the project is concerned.
Understand the Terms
We are referring to two things here, namely, the terms of the contract and the terms of the construction. When you have a clear understanding of the basics of these terms, you as the client gain a better understanding of where the Knoxville contractor is coming from. Before signing on the dotted line, read the contract in its entirety. Ask for clarifications from the contractor regarding the terms that may be questionable in your eyes just so you can lay your cards down on the table as early as possible. Keep in mind that there are many aspects to the sunroom installation beyond your main role as the client – to pay for the finished work – and you must get involved in these areas, too.
Then you must also educate yourself on a few basic technical concepts of installing sunrooms. This should be easy considering the quantity and quality of resources at your fingertips – books, online sites offering video tutorials and text instructions, and your Knoxville contractor himself. With your information, you will then be able to discuss your issues, ask relevant questions and have a good working relationship with your contractor. You will even learn a thing or two from the professional.
Understand that Delays Can Happen
Construction projects are subject to delays. This is as true to sunroom installation as it is to high-rise building construction for similar reasons – not everything can be planned for, much less controlled, by even the best contractor. The delays can be caused by several factors, a few reasonable, a few not so. These factors include inclement weather, unforeseen structural issues with the main house, undelivered parts, and inexperienced staff sent by the contractor for the job, to name a few. The bottom line: delays in the project can happen so you must set realistic expectations about the timetable.
If the delays in the sunroom installation are reasonable – inclement weather, for example – then you must adopt a reasonable approach as well. The sunroom will be installed but it will take a few more days to do so. If the delays are caused by inefficient personnel, undelivered parts and other factors that the contractor should have prepared for, then talk it out with the contractor. You will be surprised how even the biggest issue can be resolved with calmly discussing it with the contractor.
Ultimately, the sunroom installation project should be a pleasant one on both parties. Work on it!