My latest ideabook for, “7 Tips for Making Your Contractors Your Allies,” discusses ways to get your contractor as vested as you are into your project/client project. It often seems we hear more bad stories than good when it comes to client-contractor relations and miscommunication on both sides is a common culprit.

In my experience it has been easier to discuss issues and salvage existing relationships than start over completely with a new company. Thanks to mutual respect and an awareness of each other’s expectations, my contractors and I have build lasting relationships. They feel vested in the project and take a personal interest in helping me look good in the eyes of my clients.

Here are a some tips I discussed that have helped me get the best from my contractors — and from other service professionals as well.

1. Remember That Payment is Paramount

2. Know That Small Gestures Count

3. Be Accessible

4. Give Your Contractors Honest Feedback

5. Effectively Communicate the Timeline and Deliverables

6. Be Considerate of Your Contractor’s Time

7. Have a Defined Set of Plans and Specifications

To learn more about each of the above tips, click here to read the ideabook in its entirety! If you have addition tips, please share below!


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About Erika Ward

Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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