Lit­tle home­work helps you choose right ren­o­va­tor

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

DE­CID­ING who to hire for your home ren­o­va­tion is an im­por­tant part of plan­ning for the suc­cess of your project. You want to work with a pro­fes­sional con­trac­tor, some­one who is rep­utable and in busi­ness for the long term.

You need to find some­one who is right for your par­tic­u­lar project and some­one you can feel com­fort­able with and can de­velop a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with.

Not ev­ery­one who of­fers ren­o­va­tion ser­vices is in busi­ness le­git­i­mately.

Some are ‘fly-by-nighters’ who are here to­day and gone to­mor­row. Some are ‘moon­lighters — they do ren­o­va­tion on the side but it’s not their ‘real job.’ Oth­ers are ‘low-ballers’ who ask for cash pay­ment and fly ‘un­der the radar’ by avoid­ing reg­is­tra­tion, taxes and other nor­mal costs of do­ing busi­ness prop­erly.

Any home ren­o­va­tion, no mat­ter the size, is an in­vest­ment in your home and your life. Look for a con­trac­tor who:

Of­fers proof of be­ing in busi­ness: GST/busi­ness reg­is­tra­tion, work­ers com­pen­sa­tion, in­surance, and so on. Works with a writ­ten con­tract. Of­fers a war­ranty on their work. Pro­vides re­fer­rals to pre­vi­ous work and clients.

Is happy to talk about their com­pany, their ex­pe­ri­ence and their plans for the fu­ture

Com­pa­nies that be­long to RenoMark, a pro­gram for pro­fes­sional ren­o­va­tors in some ar­eas of Canada, com­mit to a ren­o­va­tion-spe­cific code of con­duct.

Check www.home­builders.mb.ca for more in­for­ma­tion and a list­ing of mem­bers in Man­i­toba.

You want to find some­one who has ex­pe­ri­ence with the kind of ren­o­va­tion you are plan­ning and can add value to your project through their ex­per­tise.

As you search for ren­o­va­tors, ask friends, fam­ily and co-work­ers for rec­om­men­da­tions for com­pa­nies with proven ex­pe­ri­ence; do a lit­tle in­de­pen­dent re­search for com­pa­nies that may be a good match for your project; and ask ren­o­va­tors di­rectly about their ex­pe­ri­ence and pos­si­ble fit with your project.

Rep­utable, ex­pe­ri­enced ren­o­va­tors are of­ten booked well in ad­vance.

Start your search early on in your plan­ning process and be pre­pared to wait, if pos­si­ble. When you find the right ren­o­va­tor, a small de­lay is a rea­son­able price to pay for a ren­o­va­tion done right.

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