If you're thinking about doing some renovations or redecorating in your home, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of having to decide which changes to make, and then find a reputable contractor to do the work. Have no fear, as there is a new branch of home improvement specialists whose job it is to assist you with your renovation project.
Known as remodeling coaches or house therapists, these professionals are often former contractors who have decided to utilize their skills in a whole new way. They guide homeowners through the renovation process from beginning to end, and act as a liaison between homeowners and laborers who are working on the project.
Acting as an intermediary between homeowners and contractors is a very beneficial role that remodeling coaches play because they're intimately acquainted with the construction process. They're better able to translate the homeowners' goals to the contractors, and in turn, better communicate to the homeowners what their expectations should be regarding the time, cost, and finished look of the project. Having someone who is able to 'speak both languages' can help immensely in clearing up any misunderstandings or conflict that comes up during the renovations.
In addition to making the communication process smoother between owner and contractor, house therapists are also available to help couples work out their own conflicts about a remodeling project.
Renovations are difficult, and can put a lot of strain on the people living in the home. It's important that couples are in agreement about the direction that their renovation projects should take. If one party feels like their views aren't being heard or respected, conflict can result, which only makes the process of remodeling more challenging. This is why having a third-party on hand can help.
House therapists are not only well-versed in the art of construction, but they can also lend an impartial ear to couples who are in disagreement over changes in the home. A house therapist can help feuding couples set remodeling priorities based on cost vs. benefit, rather than on personal preference.
This is an important function of a coach because in a buyers' market, homeowners need to make smart decisions about how much to invest in renovations and decide which projects take precedence over others. It can be overwhelming for homeowners to know what to do—whether it's to fix up the kitchen, or expand the master bedroom. This is where a house therapist can help. They can quickly turn a mountain into a molehill, and make the homeowners' decisions that much easier.
In addition to helping homeowners prioritize their home improvement projects, remodeling coaches can also help people create realistic budgets and project timelines. They can also screen potential contractors for the job, watch that the project progresses in a timely fashion, and make sure that the workmanship is up to par.
A house therapist can make all the difference between a home improvement nightmare and a successful renovation.
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