Renovate right by finding the perfect contractor

Horror stories about bad contractors are easy to come by, which can make finding the best contractor for your home renovation a daunting task. Good contractors, however, are easier to find than you may think. Below we will look at how to research potential contractors properly and what questions to ask when you find a contractor you like.

Ask around

The best way to know whether a contractor can deliver an excellent final product is by talking to those who have worked with them before. The easiest place to start is by asking friends and family members if they can recommend a good contractor. If you know any realtors, ask them for advice. If they can’t help, look online to see if you can find any contractors that have plenty of 4- and 5-star reviews.


Qualifications and references

You can also check if a contractor is registered with the Canadian Home Builders’ Association or with a provincial trade association, but keep in mind that lack of registration does not necessarily mean they are a bad contractor. It could mean that they simply decided that paying a fee to get registered wasn’t worth the money. At the end of the day, asking a contractor for references and checking those references is the best guarantee that that contractor can be trusted.


Asking questions

When you have a few candidates, ask each of them the following questions: Can they handle a project of your size and scope? Can they provide a list of previous clients that you can follow up with? How long have they been in business? Have they ever been taken to court because a previous client was unsatisfied with their work? It is vital that you get satisfactory answers to all these questions. What is just as important, however, is that a potential contractor asks you questions about what you want from your home renovation project. The last thing you want is for your contractor to be making best guesses about what you have in mind for your home.


Getting an estimate

Finally, ask each candidate to submit a bid along with blueprints. When comparing bids, it is usually a good idea to throw out a lowball offer since that could indicate the contractor is not confident in their work or uses low-quality materials. You will also want to set up a payment schedule with whichever contractor you choose. Be wary of any contractor that asks for a substantial sum to be paid upfront, such as 50 percent of final costs, since that could indicate they are having financial troubles or aren’t confident you will be pleased with their finished product.


Whether you are remodeling your kitchen, bathroom, or any other room in your house, you need to find a contractor who is the right fit for the job. A home renovation is a major financial undertaking, so take the time to do your research and ask the right questions in order to find the best contractor.

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