Springtime is the prime time for homeowners to start planning their renovation projects. Before you get started, it’s important that you complete your due diligence to ensure that your renovation goes as smoothly and successfully as possible.
Everyone has heard a construction horror story, either through a friend, family member, or on a home improvement program. Whether it’s about contractor work not performed to code or to customer specifications, or about projects taking longer than expected, or a story about costs going way over budget, home renovations can be a stressful endeavour.
A survey conducted by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation found that 40 percent of households (in 10 regions of the country) have renovated their home — and that three-quarters of those households used a contractor to do all, or some of the work? With such a large number of Canadians hiring contractors to complete their renovations, it’s important you as a consumer know how to find the right one.
At Royal Home Improvements, we understand that a renovation can be a large investment of your time and money. Spending thousands of dollars on your home is a big decision and hiring a contractor who respects and understands this is the key to building a plan for a successful renovation.
Although stories of “renovations gone bad” are frequent, there are a ton of great, creditable, and trustworthy contractors out there who are excited to work with you. To ensure that you hire the right contractor follows these easy steps:
Connect with previous customers:
Ask your friends for referrals of contractors that they’ve used, especially on similar projects. It’s also smart to request additional referrals from possible candidates. This way you can complete your own background check to see if the contractor is reputable.
Look for consistency and permanence:
The ideal service provider has a physical business office and address and has been in business for a number of years under the same name. You want to go with a contractor who has a positive history and experience with your type of renovation specifically.
Do a legal check:
Before hiring a contractor, you should ensure that your province licenses them and that they have insurance, so they are covered if they are injured during the project. This will ensure that if anything goes wrong throughout the renovation that you won’t be burdened with legal fees.
Book your free consultation:
Most reliable and trustworthy contractors will offer a no-pressure, no-obligation, and free consultation. Booking this appointment will allow you to determine if the contractor is going to be able to do what you need them to.
Hiring the right contractor is the key to a successful renovation that is on time and on budget. At Royal Home Improvements, we have been completing renovations of all kinds for over 40 years. We have earned a reputation with our clients for quality workmanship and dependability. As a client, you want more than just the cost of a project – you want to know that your contractor runs a respectable, high quality, and trustworthy business.