For most homeowners, the most challenging part of beginning a new renovation project is finding a professional, competent and reliable contractor. Choosing the right general contractor can make a significant difference between a successful home renovation project and a complete disaster.
We understand that this is a critical first step in your planning process and would like to help. The more you know about working with a general contractor, the better prepared you’ll be to navigate the road ahead.
What You Need to Know Before Hiring a General Contractor
Know What You Want
Even before speaking or meeting with a potential contractor, it’s important to think about your goals and vision for the project. What would you want your kitchen remodel to look like? What amenities do you want? And so on. Decide on the scope of work to be done and how much you’re willing to spend on that project.
Consider factoring major future life changes into your plan to cater to your potentially expanding family. Whether it’s an accessible walk-in shower or an open-plan family room big enough to accommodate your family and guests.
Don’t settle for a Couple of Bids. Get More
Call a few companies and get multiple estimates. Make sure you’re comparing the same set of plans and specifications for each bid as you can’t effectively compare the estimates if you’re using different brands of building materials, work methods, etc.
Find Someone You Can Trust
Trust is a critical component when it comes to finding the right contractor. Your home is your personal place of safety and relaxation so it helps to find someone who understands and respects your space, privacy and security. After all, the people you entrust the service to will be in your home for weeks or even months.
The lowest prices may not ultimately provide the best value for your home renovations project in Ottawa. A lot of homeowners are lured by the lowest prices, thinking that they have landed a great deal. Be skeptical of very cheap prices as these tend to be more costly in the end, especially if a contractor is trying to cut corners, excluding certain costs, using cheap materials, not pulling permits or is inexperienced.
You don’t want to end up in a situation where you’re forced to fix remodels from unscrupulous contractors who delivered shoddy or unsafe work.
Choosing Your Home Renovations Partner in Ottawa
Once you begin your search for a general contractor in Ottawa, you’ll likely come across all levels of experience and ability. Fortunately, there are ways to sift through the numbers to find a fit that guarantees quality work and peace of mind. The National Association of the Remodelling Industry offers some suggestions on some of the qualities you should look out for in a qualified general contractor.
At Renosgrop.ca, exceeding industry standards is how we have put ourselves ahead of the competition.
Free In-Home Consultation with a difference
One of the benefits that we offer is a free in-home consultation. While some companies only rely on virtual consultations, we prefer to meet you in your home to assess the project. This enables us to evaluate and discuss your needs as well as come up with reliable cost estimates.
We recognize that every home renovation is different, and a proper assessment is necessary so as to implement the designer’s plan efficiently while being able to anticipate possible problems.
Everything Under One Roof
When it comes to major renovations like additions or complete kitchen overhauls, it’s important to work with a licensed and insured general contractor who is in charge of all aspects of the project, from beginning to completion. Homeowners can find it challenging to deal with independent contractors who come and go, only specializing in certain areas of the construction process, e.g. electricity work, carpentry, etc.
At Renosgroup.ca, we are responsible for design work and construction management of all your home renovations in Ottawa. This means that you only need to hire one company, not several. We supervise all of the contractors and constantly check the quality of their work to guarantee high-quality workmanship and timely delivery of your projects.
As a full-service general contractor, we not only provide bathroom/kitchen renovations, home additions, basement transformations, etc but also offer home accessibility modifications to make the home you love safer and more accessible for your loved ones.
While some companies claim to offer this service, unfortunately, they may lack in experience in all the nuances of adapting a home to better suit the abilities living there. The highly-skilled team at Renosgroup.ca has successfully overcome many building challenges for residential projects involving a range of different scopes. We take the time to know you and understand your needs before recommending an accessibility or mobility solution.
Your Professional Local Contractor
Hiring an experienced general contractor saves you money, time and hassle at the very least. As your local general contractor in Ottawa, it’s easier to contact us whenever you have a home renovation need. We show up on time and finish jobs when we say we will. This core mission has enabled us to build successful relationships with homeowners all across Ottawa, and solidified our reputation as a professional contractor focussed on offering exceptional customer service.
From the first point of contact with your contractor, you want to make sure they are providing good communication. Many times, some contractors fail to get back to a client in a timely manner to confirm the appointment or answer all of their clients’ questions. This usually can be an indicator that things could only intensify as the home renovation project heats up.
Most contractors today don’t care enough to educate and support their customers and help them make a smart and confident decision. All they do is simply provide a quote and get going. This is where we are different. We are committed to transforming your living spaces and elevate the comfort of your home with superior services you can count on.
To learn more about what the professional home renovators at Renosgroup.ca can do for you, please contact us today, or give us a call at (613) 727-9427. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are available Monday through Friday to answer any questions you may have for your upcoming
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