6 Things to Look for When Hiring a Contractor

6 Things to Look for When Hiring a Contractor

While many smaller renovation projects can be done in a weekend on your own, some projects are more complicated. For those that require a bit more expertise, it is a good idea to hire a reliable home renovation contractor. However, knowing how to choose who you should hire can often be a project of its own. iRemodel Home Renovations has put together a simple guide to help you choose the right contractor for your residential renovation project. 

Are They Licensed & Insured?

It is always advisable to hire a contractor who is licensed and insured. Not only does this support their credibility, but it also provides extra protection in the event of an accident. A licensed contractor will also be aware of the local codes and regulations that need to be followed during your project.

Good Reputation & Expertise

A good reputation will ensure that you have a good working relationship with your contractor. It is equally important that they have the skill and expertise to see your project through from start to finish. Always look for reviews of their work and also ask for references during your interview.

Works Under a Contract

Putting your project on paper in the form of a contract helps clarify deadlines, materials, and payments. It is also a good idea to have a rough sketch or detail specs written out to pair with the contract. Not only will this help both parties keep track of everything, but it will prevent unsavoury surprises later down the line.

Good Communication

There are often many moving parts during a home renovation project. A contractor that can effectively communicate their abilities and professional advice while also listening to your wants and wishes is essential. You both should also agree on about how many hours per day or week the work will entail as well as any other important details of the job.

Sets Firm Payment Plans

Along with affordable rates, any contractor you hire should also offer a reasonable payment arrangement. Avoid any contractor that requires full payment upfront. It is common to pay a deposit, material cost, and then pay the remainder at the end of the project. Whatever arrangements you agree to, make sure they are provided in writing as part of the contract.

Provides Samples or Recommendations

Always look at the portfolio of the contractor you plan to hire. If possible, also look for reviews from past clients. This will give you a good idea about the quality of work you can expect from their service. It is a good idea to ask for examples of projects similar to yours that they have completed recently.

We’re Always Happy to Help

If you’re planning a Toronto home renovation project, our team will be there to help. iRemodel Home Renovations is one of the top residential contractors in the Toronto area. We have the knowledge and experience required to meet all of your renovation needs, and we are committed to providing 100% customer satisfaction on every job. So, if you’re ready to create your dream home, give us a call at (416) 825-2542 today.