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Phase 3: The Resources

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Your dream design might require a little more expertise than you have yourself…

But you’ve heard so many design horror stories and you don’t want to end up with one of your own.  I’ve got you covered!

In Phase 3, we’ll review what you need to know so you can hire smart, save money, and keep your project on track.

Step 1

Know What You Need

Determine what contractors/vendors you may need for your project.

If you’re thinking…

“I’m not sure it’s safe for me to pick up that power tool or rewire that circuit!” or…

Worried you might end up with an “Oops… thought I had this covered and I might need an expert!” moment…

Add those services to your list to hire!

Common contractors/vendors needed might be:

  • Plumber
  • Handyman
  • Electrician
  • Contractor (General or Specific, i.e. “Kitchen Contractor”)
  • Window Treatment Installer

Step 2

Find Your Professionals

Hiring contractors can be challenging and we’ve all heard the horror stories. The great news is that you can avoid your own horror stories with a little bit of smart planning and filtering.

You can hire trades-people, contractors or vendors, and purchase your supplies with confidence when you know exactly how to approach this phase of your project.

Ask around – friends, acquaintances, people you trust – for referrals: “Do you know a good XYZ?” or look online at sites like Houzz, Thumbtack, Yelp or Google Reviews.

Key Pro Tip: If your project requires tradespeople you should interview at least 2-3 for each task.

Ask questions including:

  • How long have they been in business?
  • Do they have any customer/client references you could speak with?
  • Do they accept cash or what type of payments? (If they accept cash you can often negotiate a better deal.)
  • What would the timeline be for this project? How far out are they currently booked with projects?
  • Are they licensed and bonded (insured)?

Get a quote from each of your professionals in writing to be sure you’re both clear on exactly what’s included. (No handshake deals!)

Key Pro Tip: The “cheapest” quote is not always the best!

Narrow down your options:

  • Analyze the quotes (unless it’s a simple handyman project, make sure they provide a written quote with clear details of labor, parts and other costs)
  • Compare the prices, the timelines, and whether they’re in the ballpark of your budget (if they’re in your budget, it may be worth adjusting your timelines for the right price!)
  • Review their feedback from previous clients/customers. Try searching HouzzThumbtackYelp or Google Reviews for the business or individual’s name.
  • Don’t be afraid to negotiate or make counter-offers!
  • The "Green Flags" to Watch For

    How to find and hire a great vendor.

  • Offers a guarantee/warranty
  • Shows up on time to interview/meeting
  • Listens and understands the scope of your project (doesn’t push you a different direction)
  • Red Flags to Watch Out For

    How to avoid vendor nightmares.

  • Doesn’t return calls promptly
  • Won’t put a quote in writing
  • Won’t/can’t commit to a start date

Step 3

Create a Final Budget

After you have your quotes, create a spreadsheet or grab a piece of paper.  

Start with your initial budget from phase 2, then add in your actual numbers for the contractors/vendors you’ll work with, to get the realistic cost for the entire project.

Now you’ve got a final budget for your project!


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