You’ve been dreaming about remodeling your kitchen for years. You love your home but the kitchen just doesn’t work. So you lay it out on paper indicating where the stove might go, how long the counter should be, and so on. Then you call a contractor and ask him for an estimate.
A professional contractor will need detailed plans that include accurate dimensions and basic product specs in order to give you an estimate that accurately reflects the project you’re picturing. The more details you give him, the better he’ll understand what you want and the more accurate his price will be. If there are too many unknowns, the contractor is forced to make assumptions. You may get your estimate and he may get the job, but neither one of you will be much closer to knowing the actual final price.
So if your contractor asks you a lot of questions, urges you to put a good deal of thought into your project, and works with you to develop a plan suitable for estimating and construction, these are all signs that he has your best interests at heart. In the end a satisfied customer is what you both want. And it’s all in the details!