Renovating? Make Sure You Hire A Contractor With Experience
Have you had enough of walking into your basement and seeing nothing but cold concrete and piled up boxes? Maybe you long to transform the space into a personal retreat, or finally transform it into the man-cave you've been longing for. Well, whether you're considering basement, kitchen, or bathroom renovations, or even any other structural changes to improve your home, your first step in the journey towards the house of your dreams is to find the right contractor.
The Internet has made it easy to find anything you need, including contractors, but caution should be taken before hiring just anybody you find through a search engine query or even from thumbing through the phone book. Do your homework; ask friends, neighbors, or even other local business professionals if they've used a contractor they might recommend, or check out local ratings as well as listings online. The contractor you choose should be locally known and well reviewed by previous clients; if you can't find much information on their services or their reputation seems shady, don't take a chance. Verify that the contractor you are considering has a local business address with local telephone number(s) and that they are easy to contact - there is nothing worse than not being able to get in touch with your contractor once work is already underway. Beware of anyone using door-to-door salesmanship, or anyone who only uses a cellular phone number for their business.
Your contractor should represent themselves professionally, with a helpful and informative website (the site for One Call Basements, Onecallbasements.ca, is a great example), and an ample list of references who can provide comments concerning their conduct and product of their work. Follow up with these references personally and ensure that the quality and satisfaction of their work and conduct can be vouched for. A contractor with a good reputation and track record of professionalism will ensure your satisfaction with the results of their craft.
Ask the contractors you are considering if they use local products and resources in their work. A contractor who utilizes local businesses or products made in Canada not only supports the local economy but also ensures that the products used in your renovation are from business that are easily accessible and have knowledgeable representatives who can provide customer support for their product.
Ask your contracting candidates if they will guarantee their work, and if so like Alek Air does, if they are willing to put that guarantee in writing. As a homeowner you are about to spend a good deal of money, and whether it is for kitchen or bathroom renovations, you deserve some piece of mind when it comes to the quality of your contractor's workmanship.
Finally, resist the urge to be cheap! Although you should of course always be looking to get the most for your money, price shouldn't be the primary factor when selecting a qualified contractor. In the end you will get what you pay for, and paying for a reputable professional will yield results you will be satisfied with. Ultimately, you need to feel comfortable with who you hire and confident that the work you're paying for is guaranteed. Hiring the right contractor will ensure that your renovation will be done right, and that your questions and concerns are addressed with your satisfaction as their top priority.