If you ask your friends or co-workers about their home renovation experiences, it probably won't take long to find at least one person who found the process frustrating, time-consuming, and stressful. The contractor you hire can determine your overall satisfaction with the service provided and, of course, the end result. It's because of less than positive home renovation experiences that we created You Dream It We Build It back in 2005, as a way to raise the bar for the industry and to provide home owners in the Edmonton area with rewarding renovation experiences.
But what if you don't live in or around Edmonton and you can't hire us as your contractor? Below are a few tips on how to find a general contractor who’s reliable, skilled, experienced and not too busy to tackle your renovation project.
Do a Preliminary Online Search
Searching online for contractors in your area should bring up a host of results. For instance, if you search “home renovations Edmonton,” you’ll probably see hundreds of contractors in the Edmonton area. However, the key to an online search is knowing where and how to look. Check search review or referral sites for testimonials of past customers and referrals and reviews for contractors in your area. Be sure to comb through the reviews carefully, as some reviews may be untrustworthy and paid for by the businesses themselves. If you find a contractor you like, ask for customer and professional references, as well as photos of past work.
Ask Other Professionals for Referrals
One of the best ways to ensure you get a reputable contractor is to ask for referrals from other professionals who may have worked with them. For example, real estate agents, interior designers and architects often work with contractors, and should be able to give you a recommendation. They’ll have access to and exclusive knowledge of the best contractors in Canada, such as our team at You Dream It We Build It.
Check Trade or Municipal Associations
Trade, municipal or provincial associations are perfect places to find reputable contractors. Public registries can also be used to find certified contractors and businesses that are in good standing. The registries tell both sides of the story, so you’ll be able to see if a contractor is in good standing or operating without certification. Please note, however, that general contractors don’t have to register with provincial associations, so not all reputable professionals will be registered.
Ask Friends, Family and Neighbours
The most effective way to find a good contractor is through referrals from past customers. Neighbours, friends or family members who’ve had recent or past renovations should be able to give you recommendations or a referral for their contractor. With this method,. By asking for recommendations from people you know, you’ll receive firsthand testimony of the contractor’s skills, quality of work, service, and professionalism.
Renovations are great ways to add value to your home. Be sure you're entrusting this important task to the right people. If you live in the Edmonton area and are looking for a reputable contractor, look no further!
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