When you’re ready to remodel your home, there are many important decisions to make. Your highest priority should be to choose a professional and diligent contractor. Ottawa contractors recommend following these suggestions to get the right contractor for your project:
Ask friends, family, neighbours, and colleagues for recommendations. If anyone you know has recently had their home renovated, ask whether they like the work and if they would recommend the contractor. Also ask industry professionals, like building inspectors, real estate agents, and other contractors who may not be the right fit for your project but who can refer you to a trusted colleague.
Talk with Them
Speak with your prospective contractor on the phone. Explain your wishes for the renovation and find out if they are the right fit. Sometimes your project may be too big/small, or they may not have the time to fit you into their schedule. Find a contractor that is available and seems reliable and attentive.
Meet with Them
Ottawa contractors suggest that all potential contractors should come to your home to meet you in person and get a feel for the space and your vision. Can you envision working with this person? Do they seem trustworthy and considerate? Do they listen or just talk over you? Are they eager to hear your plans or do they seem uninterested in your vision and concerns? Trust your gut.
Ottawa contractors will provide you with an estimate of the renovation costs. This estimate should include the cost of materials, labour, and general expenses. You will also get an estimate for when the project can start, and the amount of time needed to complete the renovation. You aren’t looking for an estimate for the cheapest price, this stage is about transparency and being assured of quality materials and quality workmanship.
What to Avoid
Unfortunately, not all contractors are equal. To avoid a renovation disaster with poor-quality construction or spiraling costs, you need to be aware of warning signs. Don’t choose a contractor who aggressively shops door-to-door attempting to find a project. Avoid bargain quotes that seem too be true. Don’t select a contractor who refuses to show his insurance or provide references.
Don’t fall for scare tactics, high-pressure sales pitches, or scammy “one-day-only” sale prices.
When you follow these recommendations, you’ll be assured of finding the right contractor to realize your dream project.