The success of any home renovation project is, in part, down to the tradesmen you use. In simple terms, if you hire an unqualified, inexperienced, and unreliable workman to build an extension on your home, convert an attic, or fit a new kitchen, you can expect a whole world of expensive pain further down the line. Of course, it isn’t always easy to find suitable contractors, but once you do, keeping them happy will pay dividends.
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There are many ways to keep a workman happy while he is toiling away on your home renovation project. Most of them are fairly self-explanatory, but just in case you haven’t managed a home renovation before, let’s take a look at how best to keep the workers happy on-site.
Pay a Fair Rate
The most obvious way to keep your workers happy is to pay them a fair wage for the job they do. In a competitive market, it is easy to drive prices down when recruiting contractors. Some smaller firms are desperate for work, so they quote below market prices for the work. This is good for you, but it means they are working for very little.
Don’t let money be the overriding decider when hiring contractors to work on your home. If you don’t pay a fair wage, workmen will be unmotivated, unhappy, and far less likely to do a good job. Is that really what you want?
Site safety is extremely important. Reputable contractors will insist that all workers wear appropriate safety clothing and use suitable equipment. Pay close attention to what’s happening in your home and if you notice any health and safety lapses, speak to the workers or contractor. Otherwise, there could be a serious accident.
Site welfare is just as important. Workers need access to toilets and rest areas where they can eat their lunch or take a break. Not everyone wants workers tramping through their home to use a toilet, so consider installing a portable restroom on-site. You don’t need to worry about emptying it – suppliers usually take care of this for you. A Satellite VacuumXpress truck will come along and sort it out as often as is necessary. This ensures the facilities are clean and hygienic for your workers, which is bound to keep them happy.
Food and Drink
You don’t need to provide food and drink to workmen on-site, but it will be welcomed if you do. Offer workmen coffee, tea, or cold drinks, and if you have time, make them a sandwich or offer them a slice of homemade cake. Home renovations are tough and labor intensive. It’s no fun working outside in 40-degree or sub-zero temperatures, so a few timely biscuits and a hot or cold drink will hit the spot nicely.
Lastly, be nice. It costs nothing to be polite and friendly. You don’t need to treat workers as your best friend, but you do need to treat them like human beings. If you are nice and friendly, they are far more likely to treat your home with the respect it deserves.