18. NOT ACKNOWLEDGING GREAT WORK – When you are doing a renovation your trades and your contractor are your biggest asset on the job. You need to notice the good work they are doing and let them know that you appreciate their hard work. People love to be acknowledged and noticed. If the only communication you have with your trades and contractor is when something is not going well you are setting up the entire job to have disastrous communication which can have a bad end result. Keep a VERY open line of communication with everyone working on your home and make it known that you are easy to work with and can handle bad news well. There will be a moment on every renovation project when your contractor will have to point out something that didn’t go as planned. He/She needs to know that you are open to discuss whatever comes up.