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What Makes a Project Successful?
Everyone will likely have their own definition or successful, but I’d like to share with you my idea of a successful project:
– All of your expectations are properly set and either met or exceeded.
– You are left feeling very pleased and satisfied with the final results.
– The quality of work is exceptional and enduring.
– You felt comfortable with the workers who worked on your home.
– You and your contractor respect each other during the project and after.
– You were given choices that increased the value of your project.
– You feel that you’ve paid a fair price for the value you received.
– The project has added value to your life and home.
By meeting these criteria, it lends itself to satisfaction. This is not only in your best interest for obvious reasons, but it’s also in the contractor’s best interest because satisfied clients are many times more likely to come to you again.
Be sure to get lots of referrals before you select a contractor because you want to ensure the chosen contractor completes the job successfully. Here are a few tips for getting referrals:
– You don’t always have to get 3 bids.
– Going with the lowest price doesn’t always save you money.
– Remember to check with the Better Business Bureau, and always check the contractor’s references.
– Buying materials yourself doesn’t necessarily save you money down the road.
– Just because the contractor has been in business a long time, doesn’t mean he or she is going to be the best. Again, check references, and find individuals you trust.
– If the contractor says he or she is fully insured, that doesn’t always mean the insurance they have will provide you with adequate protection.
About Cale: I was born and raised in Columbia. In 1996 I moved to Colorado, where I ultimately (after playing for several years) earned a double major in business administration and finance through Regis University. After college, I enlisted in the Marine Corps and served four years, doing three consecutive tours to Iraq. In the Marine Corps I specialized in building and explosives. Four years ago, I moved back to Columbia to work with my father, Dan, and our business, Kliethermes Homes & Remodeling.