Man­ners cost noth­ing

Build It - - LETTERS -

I felt com­pelled to write in with a re­minder to be po­lite to the trades you hire. We of­fered our builder break­fast the other day and he was shocked. He said that dur­ing the last project he worked on, the clients never even pro­vided him with a cup of tea, and were very rude to him on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions. These peo­ple are ma­jor play­ers in cre­at­ing some­thing that you might own for­ever – so it’s worth keep­ing them happy to be on site for the du­ra­tion of your project.

Mary Pen­nack, via email

Editor’s re­ply: It’s true that you will be work­ing very closely with your trades, so it pays to find pro­fes­sion­als who you click with. Good com­mu­ni­ca­tion is vi­tal for the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of any large scale project, and main­tain­ing a pos­i­tive work­ing re­la­tion­ship with your builders will help make any set­backs eas­ier to work through.

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