experienced, reliable, and trustworthy home renovation contractors is crucial
in ensuring a successful and stress-free renovation project. Investing time in
researching a company before bringing it into your home has a high return. It
can help you identify red flags, avoid dishonest contractors, and ensure a
positive renovation experience.
helps connect homeowners with vetted and certified home renovation contractors,
trades, and home services companies. Their free online directory provides
access to companies that have cleared extensive background checks, shown proof
of critical credentials, and continuously meet RenovationFind's high standards.
looking for a plumber, HVAC company, roofer, fencing contractor or best basement development contractors
RenovationFind can help. Here, they share tips on how to research and find a
reliable home renovation contractor:
Ask for recommendations from your
referral comes from someone you already know and trust. Start by asking
friends, family, neighbours, and co-workers if they have worked with renovation
contractors in the area and had a good experience. Once you have a list of
those personally recommended companies, start doing more research!
Head to the Edmonton Fall Home Show
Fall Home Show is great for meeting and speaking with local renovation
contractors. The contractors there have invested in connecting with homeowners
and are there to introduce you to their company, products and services. If you'd
like to meet some companies face-to-face and see their offerings, a home show
is an excellent place to collect information.
Check online, but be careful
turn to Google searches and online reviews before spending money on a product
or service. While searching online can help you discover home renovation
contractors in your area, you shouldn't rely on online reviews alone.
a lot of online reviews are exaggerated or even fake in the home improvement
industry," warns Keith Riley, Founder and CEO of RenovationFind. "They're
good for getting some ideas, but you should also verify those companies and
check for affiliation with reputable organizations or proof of longstanding
searching online, check if companies are connected to well-established
organizations or associations. For example, look for the company on the Better
Business Bureau or see if they've passed the certification process on
Check for a business license and
provincial business licensing, liability insurance, and Workers Compensation
Board (WCB) coverage are essential credentials to check for. It is a major red
flag if a contractor cannot or will not show you proof of these things!
Certified contractors have already shown proof of business licenses, insurance
and WCB coverage. If you're looking for a general contractor, bathroom
renovation specialist, or the best painting contractors in Edmonton, you'll find pre-screened, licensed,
and insured contractors on RenovationFind.com.
Get estimates from multiple contractors
for the first contractor you find. Meet or speak with at least three different
contractors to discuss your project and get written estimates. You can ask
questions about their process, share more information about your project, and
see if any of them are a good fit.
multiple estimates will also give you a better understanding of your project's
cost. If a contractor comes in with a quote much lower than the others, that is
another red flag. The quotes might vary, but they should all be competitive.
Low-ball estimates can mean the company doesn't have experience or uses
inexperienced, cheap labour and low-quality products.
potential contractors for a list of references from previous clients. Contact
these references to inquire about their experiences working with the
contractor. Checking references helps you verify their reliability, experience,
suggest you ask the company for references from their last three jobs,"
said Riley. "That way, the company can't pick and choose their best jobs
and you'll get a more accurate idea of what it is like to work with them."
Get quotes in writing
a verbal estimate. A legitimate and reputable contractor will provide a
detailed, written quote with a breakdown of costs, including materials, labour,
and permit fees. Written estimates will help you compare contractors more
easily. As mentioned, be wary of low-ball quotes and remember that the cheapest
contractor is not always the best contractor. Sometimes, the opposite is the
of contractors who ask for a large upfront payment or pressure you to make
quick decisions. There might be a deposit, but a legitimate company will never
ask you to pay for the entire project upfront.
Get contracts in writing and review them
renovation company will provide a detailed agreement in writing. Before signing
anything, review it carefully to ensure it includes all project details,
payment terms, deadlines, and warranties. You might want to consult a lawyer to
review your contract for large-scale projects, like a new home build or home
contractor that doesn't provide a detailed written contract should be avoided.
You must be completely clear on the cost, timeline, and details of your home
project," said Riley.
Make sure you like the company
is vital for home renovation projects. You'll be working closely with the
company, so you must like them, trust them, and feel like you can build a
positive working relationship with them. While credentials, experience, and
reputation are critical when hiring a contractor, you also want to ensure you
can work well with them.
Find a certified company on
offers a comprehensive directory of pre-screened and certified home improvement
and renovation contractors. The companies on their list have cleared legal and
financial background checks. In addition, they've shown proof of Alberta
business licensing, insurance, and WCB coverage. Then, a third-party
organization monitors the companies for compliance, checking online reviews and
categories listed in the directory span every aspect of home improvement,
including electricians, siding contractors, deck builders, and the best home addition contracting
companies in Edmonton.
When you hire a RenovationFind Certified company, you're hiring a company you
RenovationFind at the Edmonton Fall Home Show to learn more.