As a homeowners, you have lots of reasons to consider a remodelling projects. You might be envisioning new countertops and appliances for your kitchen or airy, open-concept living spaces.  But did you know that your General contractor will ensure that the job is done right, and they help guide you from start to finish.

  When hiring a home renovation company, there are many factors to consider.

What's Their Experience?

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. Just like a job interview, you want to 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? "

Are They Licensed and Insured?

Before choosing a construction company, it is also important to make sure that a general contractor is licensed in your area. In the province of Alberta, including Calgary and Edmonton, a contractor must be licensed. Sub-trades, 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 licensed not only save you time and money, but it will mean they are following necessary provincial guidelines. Also, request that the company has proper insurance, including Worker’s Compensation Insurance.

Ask For References

Another step that you should take in choosing your general contractor is to ask your friends and family. Often our clients recommend us to their loved ones because they know we are efficient and trustworthy. We are also happy to provide references from past clients. The way a contractor treats their clients says a lot about them, so call their references and ask about their experience.

How does the process work?

Ask any contractor you're interviewing 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?
  • What is the timeline?
  • Do they warranty their work?
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: When walking through the home make note of any visible issues and talk to your contractor about them.

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