Five Tips for Picking the Perfect Contractor

choosing the right contractor
Choosing the perfect contractor

Choosing the right contractor to help you bring your renovation dreams to life can be challenging. With so many options out there, it’s tricky to know where to start and who is reliable and does a good job. Settling on the perfect contractor can be the difference between a seamless renovation process and a stressful remodel which drains your pockets. To assist with the selection process, we’ve come up with a few tips to help you sift through the countless contractor options for your home renovation.

1. Do your research

Doing your research is the first step in finding the perfect contractor for your renovation. After all, you can’t settle on the right contractor if you don’t know the options that are available to you. Your research can be something as simple as a Google search, asking friends and family for suggestions or a more in-depth investigation. We suggest using websites like Home Advisor – an extensive database of home improvement experts – to get an overview of the renovation professionals in your area. Contacting your local chamber of commerce is another great option. They should be able to give you some solid recommendations. Once you’ve gotten an overview of possible contractors for your home reno, you can then compile a shortlist of your favourites to move further along the process.

2. Conduct phone interviews

When on a quest to find the right contractor, interviews are a crucial part of the process. You never want to work with a company without knowing a bit about them and soliciting the necessary information to help with decision making. During your phone interview, you want to get to know a little more about the company, their processes and expertise. This is also a good time to request the contractor’s license number. With a license number, you can then contact your local municipality to verify if the contractor is legally in business or not. Once you have all this information, you should be able to narrow your list down a bit more.

3. Arrange face to face meetings

When you’ve narrowed your list down to a few finalists, it’s time to meet them in person! This will help you get a feel of their personality and what they’re like to work with. This initial face to face meeting should let you know if both of you are a good fit for a long or short-term project. This meeting is also the perfect time to ask for more important information like project schedules, business history, references etc. Every contractor should be able to comfortably provide two to three references for you to speak to regarding their work and performance.

4. Dig deeper

 Hearing what a contractor has to say about themselves is only half the journey. In order to make the right decision, we urge you to reach you to their references. Ask if you can take a look at the work that was done for them and assess it according to your standards. You should also ask about the renovation process. Ask if they found it easy working with the contractor, if the project was delivered on time, and any other question you feel is necessary. This step should give you a more accurate depiction of the experts you’re about to team up with. By now, you should now have a solid knowledge of their work and work ethic.

5. Get itemized bids

Finally, you should request an itemized bid from every contractor you’re interested in working with. This should give you a clear idea of how much your project will cost. An itemized bid should include labour costs, material costs, permit fees and any other expenses required to bring your renovation dreams to life. Compare bids from all the contractors to see which is best for your budget – but, be wary of bids that are too low. As a general rule, if it’s too good to be true, it usually is!

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Four Home Renovation Investments That Aren’t Worth the Money

Four home renovation investments that aren't worth the money

When it comes to creating your dream home, some homeowners know no limits. From gold faucets to custom additions, they will stop at nothing to add their personal touch to their space. However, when embarking on home renovations you have to ask, “is this worth the money?” Especially if you plan on selling your home sometime in the future. This will ensure that you only invest your money and time on renovation projects that add value to your home and appeal to buyers on the resale market. With that being said, here’s a list of four home renovation investments that typically aren’t worth splurging on.

1. Flamboyant designs and fixtures

As a general rule of thumb, if this isn’t your forever home, steer clear of over-the-top design elements and fixtures during your home renovations. Chances are most people do not have the same unique taste as you do. So, for example, spending tons of money to give your home a medieval inspired makeover complete with all the trims and finishings may not be the best idea. This goes for any unique renovation that may not appeal to most buyers on the resale market. When renovating your home, you want to strike a balance between adding a personal touch and appealing to market needs. Also, depending on how original these fixtures are, they may be difficult to maintain or repair.

2. Murals and over-the-top paint jobs

We all know that a fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to revamp your home and add value to it. However, it’s very easy to go too far with renovations as easy as this. Although adding a mural to your space may seem like a great and inexpensive way to upgrade and add some pizazz, it isn’t the best way to invest your money. When buyers look at a potential home, they want to be able to see themselves living there. Potential buyers will most likely have a hard time looking past the funky murals you love so much. Not to mention, depending on the materials used, getting rid of that eye-catching mural may be more expensive and difficult than you think.

3. Fancy landscaping

Landscaping is another easy renovation project that does a lot for your home’s visual appeal. Your lawn is the first thing visitors notice about your home, so it doesn’t hurt to show it a little bit of love to keep it looking good. But, investing in over the top fountains, stone paths and accessories for your lawn or garden is simply not necessary. These additions are most likely not going to add value to your home, and therefore won’t produce a good return in investment.

4. Changing your electrical system

Unless it’s absolutely necessary, upgrades to your electrical system are typically not worth it. Once again, it all boils down to the buyers in the resale market. Considering the fact that no one will see your new wiring, they most likely won’t be impressed by it or be interested in shelling out more money for it.

Simply put, not all home renovations are worth the expense. Although adding a personal flair to your space with your renovation project is fantastic, it’s very easy to overdo it. Avoid these unnecessary and extravagant remodels, and your wallet with thank you!

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