Updated: Feb 7
Looking for a quality contractor is a crucial stage to guaranteeing an effective home renovation project. You will be spending weeks, months and maybe over a year with the contractor so it is important to create a good relationship with them. The goal is to hire a contractor you can trust, who can successfully work through any unexpected situations, and who respects your ideas and opinions, and works with your set budget. Doing a bit of research and asking the right questions will lead you to the perfect contractor for your project. This article will help in informing you on how to find the right home contractor for you.
The following guide will look at some of those important questions to ask for the bathroom, basement, kitchen, and outdoor renovations. For more information on where to begin in your home renovation project, you can visit the Avalon Suites Guide: Questions to Ask in Your Next Home, Bedroom, Bathroom, Kitchen Renovation Contractor
Insured and Licensed
When hiring a home contractor, check for their credibility and knowledge as it is preferable for your contractor to have some degree of formal education in the field. So try to check their qualifications in advance. Additionally, make sure that they are fully licensed as it ensures they know the regulations, codes and processes for your region. You can check for this through the city or ask the contractor for a copy of their license. Also see if the contractor has insurance. You do not want to be held responsible for any liabilities in the event a worker gets injured on your property or causes any damages to it.
Offer a Detailed Contract
Having written proof of what you and the contractor have agreed upon is important. The contract should cover everything including deadlines, the materials used down to the model number, who provides the materials, and payment details. This is also a good time to discuss work schedules and guidelines. How many people will be working on site? What days and hours do you want them present? Moreover, make sure that both you and the contractor are on the same page about your budget and the payment plans. A big tip is to never pay the full payment of the project upfront. Pay a small percentage of it before the home renovations begin but the rest are payments that should be made progressively before the final payment when work is complete. It is pertinent to discuss these ground rules with your contractor before any work begins. Getting all things down to the detail will allow for you to know what to expect without any surprises.
Try finding a contractor that specializes in your renovation project. Whether it be for your bedroom, kitchen, bathroom you would want someone that has a lot of experience in that type of work. A great way to see if a specific contractor that you are considering for your home renovation project is to ask to see some of their same work. You want someone on the job site who knows how to finish the job correctly. They may even be able to guide and discuss different ideas with you on making changes for an even better project than you first envisioned.
Check Reputation and Reviews
A great way to know how past clients feel about the contractor’s work is through word of mouth. Go through some testimonials and reviews. Take a look at them through their main website, then other sites such as Google Reviews, Yelp and many other sources to see online reviews. Ask friends and family members if they have used the contractor before as they would be able to give you a good idea of how good their work is and what it was like to work with them.
If you are looking to have your home bathroom, basement, kitchen, and outdoor space renovated or remodelled this time of year, look for a short-term rental with Avalon Suites Yorkville. A booking with Avalon Suites Yorkville will ensure you have 2x the space compared to a typical hotel room, a quiet home office space to work during the day, an in-suite 2-in-1 washer and dryer, and a fully equipped for cooking comforting homemade meals. As well as access to a fitness centre and gym, conference space, 24/7 concierge services, smart tv in the suite, complimentary wi-fi and more. Avalon Suites Location is also conveniently located within walking distance to Wholefoods, high-end shopping, art galleries, and restaurants to make your stay a staycation while your home is being redone.
Avalon Suites Yorkville
More than a hotel room, Avalon Suites have more than 2x the space and are fully furnished. In Avalon Suites, you will be able to find amenities not available in a hotel room. Such as a cooking stovetop, fridge and freezer, dishwasher, toaster, Nespresso machine, and microwave. Need to do laundry? We also have an in-suite 2-in-1 washer and dryer for your convenience. Avalon Suites offers more than just a fully stocked kitchen, staying with us includes access to a fitness centre and gym, concierge service, and meeting facilities. Suites also have sweeping views of city views of Yorkville, Toronto, modern furniture, and friendly working spaces. Including complimentary wi-fi, smart tv with access to cable, Netflix, YouTube, Prime, and more.
Located within walking distance to Wholefoods, Avalon Suites is perfect for your employee corporate relocation. You can make grocery shopping trips and cook up meals in your kitchen just like if you were at home. If you are not in the mood to cook, Yorkville is surrounded by several takeouts and dine-in restaurants, check out our blog Best Restaurants for Takeout Near our Short-term Rentals for more. And looking for an experience while you are in Toronto and want to explore? Look at our blog Things to do Around Bloor-Yorkville for local tourist destinations to visit on your days off.
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