Tips for hiring a general contractor

The construction and home renovation industries are massive. When it comes to choosing a general contractor for you project, you have a lot of options. Finding a quality, reputable and trustworthy general contractor can fee like a stressful task, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Cascade Developments in Calgary shares some tips for hiring a general contractor for your home renovation:

Research and call references.

Before you hire a general contractor for your major home renovation, research each company and call their references. You want to make sure they have plenty of experience in the specific type of home renovation you are going to pay them to do. Ask their previous clients how the process was, if their expectations were met and the quality of materials used.

Look for third-party certification.

Companies that are members of a third-party organization, like the Better Business Bureau, will be more interested in meeting industry standards than those that are not. Cascade Developments is a BBB member and they are RenovationFind Certified. This means they passed a stringent screening processes that included legal and financial background checks.

Always ask about quality.

Once the contractor is hired and they’ve provided you with a detailed estimate for the job, ask about the quality of materials used. A lot of companies will cheap out on things throughout the renovation process that might seem like a good idea early on but could end up costing your hundreds or thousands of dollars down the road. Paying a little more for high-quality products and installation can save you money in the long term.

It’s important you know what materials and products are being used in your renovation, so do your due diligence and ask detailed questions. If you’re not sure about a certain product, ask to see options for upgrades. Upgrading now can save you money later.

Make sure there is a detailed contract, in writing.

Once you’ve gone over everything in the estimate, make sure the contractor you hire gives you a detailed contract to sign that is in writing. This contract will illustrate all the costs involved in your home renovation project. It should include cost for labour, installation, products, materials, obtaining permits and any other potential costs.

It’s a good idea to budget an extra 10% for your renovation. This will help pay for any unforeseen expenses or change orders as the project is underway. Preparing financially and mentally for these road blocks can help the renovation go smoothly.

General Contractors in Calgary

Cascade Developments is a general contracting company located in Calgary. They offer full-service construction and renovation services for both residential and commercial clientele. They have a proven reputation for honesty, transparacy, fair pricing and high quality work.

Looking for a trust-worthy contractor?

Hire Cascade Developments.


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