Getting a home improvement project off the ground is incredibly exciting. You’ve been dreaming about making changes to your home, browsed through countless photos of redone spaces, and probably even made lists of changes you want. Now the first meeting with your Pro is here, and maybe you don’t really know what to expect. Every Pro is going to have a vision for your space, and they aren’t necessarily going to be able to translate it to you on that first meeting without your help. Learn what to expect from an initial meeting, and how to better communicate with your Pro to get more out of the process.

What Your Pro May Bring to an Initial Meeting

A lot of homeowners tend to go into initial meetings expecting miracles to occur, for the designer to pull out fully rendered drawings before the Pro has even had a chance to really get a sense of the space. What a Pro may bring to an initial meeting is a portfolio of previous work that may give you a sense of what’s possible.

They may also do some very quick and dirty sketches for you after they’ve had a chance to take a look at the space and speak with you about what it is you may want to do there. Remember that this initial meeting is really about feeling one another out and learning how to work together to create a beautiful and meaningful project. And while it can be frustrating to go into a meeting not knowing what you want and not understanding what the Pro can do, you need to let the process happen to get to that point.

What You Can Do if You Don’t Understand the Pro’s Vision

Your Pro will likely have an idea of what can be done in the space after they’ve seen it. And they may try to communicate this idea to you, but if you aren’t getting it, it can leave you feeling frustrated and misunderstood. If this happens, you need to communicate this to the Pro.

Remember, you can ask questions and make requests. Try:

  • Asking for a more detailed drawing to be presented at a second meeting (You may have to pay a retainer fee for this service)
  • Asking for photos of similar past work to get a more realistic idea of what to expect
  • Asking for samples or pictures of materials, plans, or details that were discussed (You may have to pay for this service, but often it’s a nominal fee)
  • Letting your Pro know that you aren’t quite feeling it, and request a different direction for the project
  • Asking for a follow up meeting after you’ve had time to think about what they’ve said

Some Pros may not be the best communicators, although they may be amazing designers, builders, or landscapers. If you aren’t quite understanding or you’re getting frustrated, it’s OK to let them know this. You don’t have to go along for the ride if you don’t understand what’s going on or if you need more information, but you should speak up and let them know this so that everyone is on the same page.

Remember that it may take two, three, or more meetings to get a major project off the ground, particularly if you don’t have a specific vision in mind of your own. Be patient and work with your Pro to get the most value out of these sessions.

Get What You Need

Your Pro is going to bring a lot of experience and knowledge to the table. To get the most value out of each meeting you need to be clear about your needs, including when you don’t quite understand what’s going on. Being upfront with your Pro and letting them know what it is you need can help you both reach a successful conclusion to the project.

When you’re ready to begin, be sure to sign up with BEYREP to get matched with Pros who are compatible with you on style and personality so you’re more likely to understand each other. Sign up today and get started on the home of your dreams.