With a new year having recently begun, many homeowners are considering remodelling projects. you might be envisioning new countertops and appliances for your kitchen or airy living spaces. no matter what it may be that you are interested in updating, there are steps that you can take to make sure the job is done right, and that you choose the most appealing and up-to-date features for your home.

When hiring a home renovation company, there are many factors to consider. The first step in the process should be to determine the level of experience and training of a general contractor. You may want to ask how long a general contractor has been in the business for, as well as which trades they are certified in. Ask them about their past experience and how they handled when a situation didn't go well.

"Ask them about their projects from the previous year, such as what was their favourites project, and their success? "

Ask If They Are Licensed and Insured

Before choosing a construction company, it is also important to make sure that a general contractor is licenced. In the province of Alberta, including Calgary and Edmonton, a contractor must be licenced. Subtrades, such as plumbers and electricians, must have a certificate of qualification to practice their trade in the province. You can also ask to see a tradesperson’s certificate, which is issued by the Government of Alberta.

Ensuring your general contractor and other workers are licenced not only save you time and money, but it will mean following necessary provincial guidelines. Making sure a company has proper insurance, including Worker’s Compensation Insurance, is also important.

Ask For References

Another step that you should take is to ask those you know- your friends, family, neighbours and acquaintances- if they can recommend a local company that is efficient and trustworthy. It would also be helpful to ask for references from those who have used their services before.

The way a contractor treats their clients says a lot about them, so have a look before choosing to hire them for your project. For example, you may want to ask them about their payment schedule, communication between yourself and employees, and your involvement in the design process.

During this process, you can ask them questions such as:

  • What kind of products will you use in my home?
  • When will you begin the project, and when will it be finished?
  • How much will the work and materials cost?

During the home renovation process, it is also important to check for signs that the project is going smoothly, as well as to be aware of any potential problems in your home.

Pro Tip: include visible mistakes such as loose wires and poorly done flooring and tile work. Also, it is important to make sure that the home is functioning well. Is the plumbing working properly? What about the heating? Noticing these features can ensure that you are getting the quality of service that you are paying for.

Experience

Another important factor to consider is the presence of asbestos in your home. According to the government of Alberta, a home that was built prior to 1986 might contain asbestos. Although not dangerous unless disturbed, it is important to ask a contractor to educate you about this substance.

When renovating your home, you may want to consider the array of trends available for 2019 and incorporate some of them. These include large windows- to create an open and bright space, quartz countertops in warm colours, matte appliances, and light wood floors. Including these features will create a comfortable space for family, friends, and yourself to enjoy.

If you are considering a home renovation in 2019, please give Integrity Construction a call for your free estimates.