Finding a Good Home Renovation Contractor
It's often hard and costly - if at all possible - to get your money back once you've been ripped off. That's the reason homework is necessary before hiring a home remodeling contractor.
Any renovation, whether big or small, should start with no less than three estimates. Nothing's better than word-of-mouth references - at least, there's one satisfied customer you actually know. Be wary of contractors who can "do everything," jacks of all trades who are masters of none. For jobs which are multi-faceted, such as a bathroom or kitchen renovation, choose one Room Additions Ottawa ON contractor, but make sure each area of the project, such as plumbing, tiling or wiring, is handled by a specialist.
When you ask different contractors for an estimate, make sure it is in written form and complete with all necessary details. More importantly, be sure to indicate exactly the same project specifications in order to make reasonable comparison. If one quote is significantly higher or lower than the others, ask the contractor what specific services or materials they have included and/or left out. Lastly, never choose solely because of price. Keep that old adage in mind: anything that seems too good to be true, probably is.
Doing a Background Check
As soon as you've selected a Kitchen Expansions Ottawa ON contractor you think is right for you, you need to do a few more things before you sign a contract. Begin by asking to see pictures of their recent work and asking for customer references. If possible, visit an ongoing project at the work site . Call the Better Business Bureau in your area. Lots of people don't realize that these offices maintain records of complaints against member and non-member contractors alike. One quick phone call is all that's necessary to know if a contractor has had any significant consumer issues transpiring within the last three years. To stay affiliated with the BBB, member companies are required to resolve any complaints to the satisfaction of the organization. In addition, ask your local municipal licensing office to know if the contractor has a valid operating licensee.
Signing the Contract
When everything checks out, you can seriously consider signing the contract. Besides the basic business details (contractor's address, phone number and email address, business and GST numbers, etc.), the contract must provide a detailed breakdown (labor and materials) of your expenses, a project start date and end date, and a clearly written warranty clause. Upon signing, the contractor will likely ask for a down payment - around 10 to 20 percent of the total job's cost. If they demand you give them more than 20%, find another prospect.
Lastly, don't ever even consider making a full payment of the project upfront. In fact, after putting the down payment, the only time you should pay off the balance is when you are happy with the final outcome of the project.