Originally Posted by Nightlord
Bring beer and sandwiches to the guys building and they probably do everything just that fraction better than they might otherwise do.
Bring sandwiches , skip the beer. A professional won't drink on the job , and if one of them gets hurt post beer (even if not drunk) you will be sued. Either the worker or workers comp will come after you as well as the employer. Food , cold non alcoholic beverages and compliments on the parts you are happy with , if theres something you don't like or want changed , talk to your contact ( contractor , project manager) about it in a constructive way away from the workers . Don't tell the worker hes doing it wrong or to stop , use the chain of command to pass orders down the pipe. They work for the contractor , he works for you. I've been in the trade for over 20 years and the only time I've ever had a problem with the owner or his rep walking the job is when they try to tell me how to do the technical aspect of my job . Come see the progress , bask in the glory of what I create , hell , make changes , but understand changes cost . In the rare occasion that I've made a mistake , please point it out , correcting sooner is cheaper and easier for me.
You're paying for this place , check it out as much as you want , only people with something to hide don't want oversight , and those are the ones you need to watch the closest. Best of luck on your new house , I'm sure you're going to enjoy it.