The renovation contractor you choose determines whether your next home renovation is a piece of cake or a stressful nightmare. But how do you find the right contractor and ensure you receive quality and timely workmanship? Simple. Ask the right questions. Knowing exactly which questions to ask, however, is where things can get a bit tricky.
To help you make sure you hire the best company for the job, we’ve put together a list of 5 questions every homeowner should ask before hiring a renovation contractor.
Is the quote fixed and will the signed quote become the contract?
Whether a separate contract needs to be signed typically depends on the renovation contractor you’re dealing with. Some contractors take the signed quote as the binding agreement, while others prefer to sign a separate contract. If your contractor opts to sign a separate contract, be sure to carefully read through every clause and make sure you’re okay with everything. Ensure that any price changes, exceptional circumstances, and consequences of any violations are clear before signing a contract and committing to a particular renovation contractor.
What kind of guarantee do you offer?
No matter how professional they may seem, you should never hire a renovation contractor that doesn’t guarantee their work. So, rather than asking them if they offer a guarantee, go straight to asking what kind of guarantee they offer. At the very least, a reputable renovation contractor will offer you a guarantee or warranty on their workmanship and the materials used. For instance, the RenoMark association of renovation contractors, an association partnered with the Canadian Home Builders’ Association whose members commit to a strict Code of Conduct, requires that all its members provide a minimum two year warranty on all renovation work carried out. So, it’s always worth asking ahead of time what the warranties or guarantees cover and for how long. Ensure that this is included in the contract or get it confirmed in writing before any work begins.
Who is responsible for the clean-up?
While some renovation contractors include clean-up and debris disposal as part of their services, others expect homeowners to take care of this once the renovation is complete. Additionally, some renovation contractors might tidy up the site but leave the actual disposal in your hands, or even sub-contract clean-up and disposal to another company. Discussing and clarifying post-renovation clean-up with your renovation contractor saves you from any surprises or expenses at the end of the job.
Who will be responsible for moving and protecting my furniture and belongings?
There are few things worse than having renovation contractors turn up and refusing to work because of furniture and belongings in the way. As trivial as it may seem, it’s essential that both you and your contractor are clear about who will be responsible for moving your furniture and other belongings out of the way. Some contractors might refuse to move or handle your personal belongings due to liability concerns and insist that you take responsibility for this instead. On the other hand, other contractors might include furniture moving and protection as
part of their services. Speaking of protection, be sure to ask about who’ll be responsible for protecting any furniture or belongings that can’t be moved during the renovation, to what extent they’ll be protected, and what happens if they’re damaged.
Who is responsible for the permits?
According to Alberta law, permits are required whenever electrical, plumbing, or gas systems are installed, moved, or changed. For instance, if you’ve opted for a kitchen renovation and need to move sinks and light fixtures, then you’ll need a permit to add or remove pipes and wiring. Make sure that any and all renovation work being carried out is done under the correct permits and, if possible, get your contractor to apply for the permits. After all, they’re the professionals and know what needs to be applied for and how.
Work with Award-Winning Renovation Contractors
As Calgary’s premier renovation contractors, we at Kurmak Builders know how working with the right renovation company can make a world of difference. Working with a good renovation contractor (like us) ensures most of the stress and guesswork is taken out of the process for you.
Thinking about hiring a renovation contractor for your next remodel? Contact Kurmak Builders today to book your free consultation.