Green Architect column, our advice: pay attention to each and every move hired experts make when they come in your door. Advice for Learning About Your Home by Watching Experts
- Ask questions about the problem you're experiencing. Is it common? Are there multiple ways the problem can be resolved? If so, why do they recommend the solution they are pursuing?
- Watch the work being done. You can learn a great deal by quieting down and paying attention.
- Find out when you can expect to deal with said problem again. Five years? Fifteen years? Next month? Manage your expectations by arming yourself with knowledge.
- While the expert is in your home, addressing the immediate problem at hand, take a moment to discuss any other concerns you may have. Ask their advice. Hands down: you'll get a ton of information and will be better prepared to address your home's next problem.
- Consider your expert's area of knowledge and ask them to explain your home's systems to you. If you've hired a plumber to fix a running toilet, but know nothing about those pipes in your basement, ask. What is all of this? If you've been a gracious host, they'll be happy to show their expertise. After all, it's their calling card and will ensure them future work.