Choosing a renovation contractor is easier if you follow the right criteria. This will allow you to do business with a reliable, competent and honest professional.
However, there is a persistent prejudice in the renovation world: that contractors are all thieves. If you believe that the ideal renovation contractor is the one who seems the least “crooked” to you, it is probably time to sharpen your search criteria!
Below are 4 important criteria to consider when choosing a contractor for your work.
1. The contractor’s professional conscience
A good renovation contractor attaches great importance to their expertise. They demonstrate a high degree of professionalism that leads them to perfect their know-how and increase their credibility.
Imagine you want to renovate your bathroom, and several contractors can do the work. How will you know which one will act in your best interests?</p
Ask yourself these questions to choose the right contractor:
- Are they a member of a professional order?
Trusted contractors are generally members of a professional order, such as the Ordre des technologues professionnels du Québec (OTPQ). Professional organizations like the OTPQ provide a framework for their practice and help contractors develop their professional conscience.
- What certifications do they hold?
In general, a credible contractor holds several licences and certifications.
The minimum requirement is a licence from the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ). With this proof, you significantly increase your chances of doing business with a trusted contractor who complies with all applicable laws and standards. In addition, you have recourse in the event of problems.
- Do they hold competency certificates?
Ask to see the competency certificate for workers. All qualified workers must possess a certificate from the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ). This ensures that you do not have uncertified workers to do your renovations.
2. Contractor’s values
In order to select the right renovation contractor, compare their missions and values listed on their website to what they tell you during your meetings. Do they talk more about money, or durability, precision or aesthetics?
Let’s take a look at our example of a bathroom renovation. To ensure that everything runs smoothly, you have to try to imagine what could happen during the work and ask the right questions: up to what point does the contractor commit themself? Are they able to guarantee that deadlines will be met? What are their customer service policies? What recourse do you have in the event of flooding?
In short, it is important to ascertain whether the company’s values correspond to yours.
3. The contractor’s accomplishments
Another important question to ask when choosing a contractor: does this renovation professional have the experience required to successfully complete your projects?
If, for example, you want to add terrazzo to your new bathroom, it is best to work with a contractor who has experience with this material. You don’t want a professional who’s just starting out, do you?
Put the different contractors to the test and decide which one has the most convincing portfolio. This will make the choice seem a lot easier for you!
4. The contractor’s estimates and contracts
If they are professional and serious, the renovation contractor already has clear and detailed estimates and contracts in hand, designed to protect both parties.
These legal documents reduce the risk of unpleasant surprises. Indeed, in the event of a legal dispute, you will know exactly what to expect.
Beware of contractors who consider a handshake as a signed contract. Rather, choose those who provide you with clear and detailed documentation.
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