Tips and Advice to Keep in Mind Choosing a Renovation Company in Vancouver

By | 2018-09-29T10:48:51+00:00 September 29th, 2018|Tips|Comments Off on Tips and Advice to Keep in Mind Choosing a Renovation Company in Vancouver

There are many decisions to make when it comes to remodeling your home, choosing the best Vancouver renovation company.: Which style of architecture best fits your personality? What is your timeline, what is your budget?

Always confirm that your custom home builder in Vancouver is Licensed and certified, you want somebody who is a professional who has a basic set of skills and expertise that you can trust.

After insuring that your Vancouver general contractors are licensed and certified, it is time to check references. Call at least 3-4 past clients and projects to ensure that the work they have done is of the quality you want. You should feel comfortable to look into the contractor you have chosen for your kitchen, basement or bathroom renovations.

When reaching out to this list of references, be sure to ask about the client’s experience during the process. Ask if the project was completed on time and on budget, if there were any issues or costs, how the job site was preserved, and what the sales procedure was like.

Most custom home renovation contractors will specialize in a few types of remodeling, such as kitchen, bathroom, basement or entire custom home builds. A few companies can take on multiple types of projects and you’ll want to consider how a contractor’s specialty matches up with your specific needs, and whether or not they’re the best fit for your project.

Another important factor to consider during your in-person meetings is to keep in mind that these are the people who you’ll be communicating with on a regular basis for the next several weeks, possibly months. It’s vital that you’re comfortable with how your contractor communicates, how open they are with you about project progress and how well they incorporate your feedback into the work being done.

Perhaps the most important question homeowners will be asking themselves during their kitchen, bathroom, basement or custom home build is the cost. A major home remodel or renovation project is likely to be one of the largest expenses for any homeowner.

The old saying, “You get what you pay for” applies, Bids that seem too low or too high are red flags, those renovation companies should be avoided as they are going to the extremes of the client’s budget. What a client wants is a reasonable bid that seems both average and fair in terms of the 3-4 bids they have received.

Make sure that the entire budget is discussed and set before you begin the project. The payment schedule should be set in stages and there shouldn’t be last minute changes within reason that inflate the budget.

A few questions that the client should be aware in their custom home renovation in Vancouver are:

  • What type of warranty is offered and what exactly is covered?
  • Will I have access to the renovation company owner if necessary?
  • Will there be scheduled progress check-in meetings?
  • Are finishes, fixtures included and how are orders that are changed handled and processed?
  • What type of payment schedule do you offer?
  • What is your involvement once a project has been completed?

In many cases, kitchen, basement, bathroom and custom home builds do need permits to complete so choose a Vancouver general contracting that places a high importance on making sure they always have permits.

Conclusion: The most important thing in choosing a renovation company is not just their past work record, but the “feel” you get talking and dealing with the contractor. After ensuring they are licensed, certified and professional, these are the people ultimately responsible for making your dream come true in renovating your house, so you will be communicating and entrusting them with them a lot, you want somebody who you feel you can talk to, who understands, who you can trust and who you feel comfortable with 100%.

About the Author:

Kyle is the owner of Walker General Contractors (WGC) and has been operating his company for 10 years.He pursued his passion for this career at BCIT in 2006 by studying Contracting and Business Management and has never looked back since. He quickly gained the respect of his peers due to the high standards he set for himself in regard to quality and craftsmanship. With his trademark meticulous attention to detail, he knew this was a career he would thoroughly enjoy.
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