Looking for a Good Home Renovation Contractor

Once you've been ripped off, it's typically costly and difficult - if it's even possible at all - to get your money back. That's why you have to do your homework before hiring a contractor to handle your home remodeling project.

Getting Quotes

Whether your project is large or small, you have to start with a minimum of three quotes. Personal references are obviously the best - you're talking to at least one happy customer. Be wary of contractors who can "do everything," jacks of all trades who are masters of none. For a multi-faceted project, such as a kitchen or bathroom remodel, work with only one Home Additions Ottawa ON contractor, but every aspect of the job, like tiling, wiring or plumbing, must be tackled 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, make sure you provide exactly the same project specifications so you can compare reasonably. 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. As that old adage goes, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Performing a Background Check

When you've chosen a company you think is the best for your needs, you still need to do a few more things before signing a contract. Begin by asking to see pictures of their recent work and asking for customer references. If possible, ask them if you could come personally to check out a project in progress. Call the Better Business Bureau in your area. Several people are unaware that these offices have records of complaints against both members and non-members. With just one phone call, you would know if a contractor has been the subject of a consumer case filed within the last three years. To keep their BBB ties, member contractors need to resolve any complaints to the organization's satisfaction. In addition, ask your local municipal licensing office to know if the Bedroom Additions Ottawa ON contractor has a valid operating licensee.

Signing the Contract

When everything checks out, you can seriously consider signing the contract. Aside from the basic business details like the contractor's address, contact information, business and GST numbers, the contract should include a detailed breakdown of costs (both materials and labor), definite start and end dates, and an explanation of the warranty. Upon signing the document, you will probably be asked to put a down payment of about 10-20% of the project's total cost. If they demand you give them more than 20%, find another prospect.

Lastly, never pay the full amount upfront. In fact, you should never pay off the balance, after making the down payment, until you are completely satisfied with the final outcome of the project.