Renovating a home is rarely an easy task. No matter what room you want to renovate, you shouldn’t take the project lightly by handing it over to the first contractor you come across. Otherwise, you risk a series of unpleasant surprises.
This is why it is so important to do several checks when you choose the contractor who will carry out your renovations.
Choose a qualified contractor
At the outset, the contractor’s qualifications should be verified. Several elements should be taken into account during this review to make sure you choose a reliable and competent contractor.
The contractor has an RBQ licence
First of all, make sure that the contractor is certified. He should have a licence from the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ). This licence proves their professional skills and will guarantee you compensation of up to $40,000 in the event of a dispute with the general contractor. To verify that a contractor has a licence, you can consult the RBQ licence holders’ repertory.
The contractor has significant experience
A credible contractor should be able to provide you with photos of construction projects they have completed. Make sure that the photos presented are authentic and not taken from the web. Also pay particular attention to the comments of previous customers. Beware, however, of reviews on Facebook or Google, which may not be meaningful or even authentic. Your contractor should also have an efficient after-sales service and support you in your project from start to finish.
Choose a contractor who is an expert in his category
Your contractor should not only be recognized by the Régie du bâtiment. He should also have the right skills for your needs to guarantee a result that meets your expectations.
Most contractors have a specialization. For example, some are experts in bathroom renovation while others have extensive expertise in kitchen renovation. Ideally, you should use a contractor who specializes in the type of work you want done at home.
However, some general contractors are fortunate enough to have a full team that masters every aspect of home renovation.
Beware of prices that are too low
While attractive, abnormally low renovation rates can betray a poor assessment of the cost of the project by the contractor. This sometimes indicates a lack of experience or qualification. Remember that renovations are an investment that will last. Avoid choosing the lowest bid at the expense of the quality of the work done.
Ready to start your search for a renovation contractor?
Admittedly, carrying out such checks may seem tedious. However, patience and diligence are required to achieve home renovations that meet your expectations.
At Excellence Construction Renovation, we understand the concerns that our clients may have and we will be pleased to answer any questions you may have regarding renovations. Contact us!