Some important questions that need some important answers!
Before you get started read the attached article ... knowledge is key on any construction project! ..........
Frequently Asked Questions
Your guide to make sure it’s done right… THE FIRST TIME!
Why hire a General Contractor?
Renovations, large or small, can be stressful and overwhelming for the average homeowner. Many people believe that the cost to hire a General Contractor is not within their budget and decide the “cost savings” outweigh the benefits of a good General Contractor. Next time you speak with someone who has managed and supervised their own renovation; ask them “Did you enjoy it”? “Did your trades people complete their task in a timely manner”? “Was the renovation done in the time you expected”? “Did you stay on budget”? The most prominent answer is likely “no” to at least one of these questions. An organized and educated General Contractor will end up saving you money, time and stress by tracking schedules and budget, presenting you contractor-exclusive materials, hiring reputable sub trades and include job insurance. They are hired to know what to expect and what will need to be done in order to complete any project efficiently and properly.
How do I decide which Contractor to hire?
If you are looking into hiring a Contractor to compete your project it is important that you, as the homeowner, put in a little leg work so that you are confident that you are hiring the right person for the job. Your contractor should be someone you trust – after all you are inviting them into your home and you are handing over your hard earned money to get the job done right. A little research can go a long way into deciding which company is best for you. So you ask yourself “Where do I even start? There are so many companies to choose from! How do I gather enough information in order to make an educated decision”? Well we do agree this can be a daunting task; however, there are some key elements that a reliable Contractor should have. It can be easy to see the Red flags when you know exactly what to look for. Do they have all the federal, provincial and municipal licensing legally required to perform construction work? Generally, this will include a Provincial and Municipal Business License. This information is readily available to the public either directly from the contractor or online. A reputable (and legal) Contractor will also carry WCB, Journeyman/Red Seal Certificate, Liability Insurance, Prepaid Contractors License (legally required for pre-payment/deposits) and a well outlined Contract. They may also decide to invest their time and money into the community and memberships that are not legally required but provides reassurance that they are a reputable company. Examples of this include Better Business Bureau, references, supplier accounts and online presence. There are many sources available to you to perform research on any company – take your time to check out a few so that you can develop your own opinion on the company you are looking to hire. However, all the research in the world cannot replace your initial gut feeling you get from your first meeting. Meet with them, talk with them and ask questions so that you are comfortable and confident in your decision.
We wish you all the best on your renovation! Below is a “checklist” of potential resources to get you started…
Marin Construction & Renovation Ltd.
www.BuilditAlberta.com - (403) 573-RENO - Dustin @BuilditAlberta.com