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Residential renovation can be a daunting task, especially if you’re not familiar with the process of hiring a contractor. However, with a little bit of research and preparation, you can find the right contractor for your project and ensure that the renovation process goes smoothly. Here are five tips for employing a contractor for residential renovation:

1. Get referrals and check references

One of the best ways to find a trustworthy contractor (aside from looking on Canary Directory of course!) is to ask for referrals from friends, family, and neighbours who have recently undergone renovation projects. This can give you an idea of the contractor’s workmanship and professionalism. Additionally, it’s important to check references before hiring a contractor. Make sure to ask for references from previous clients and reach out to them to ask about their experience working with the contractor.

2. Get multiple quotes

When it comes to hiring a contractor, it’s important to get multiple quotes. This will give you a better idea of the market rate for the project and help you compare the services and costs of different contractors. It’s also important to make sure that each quote includes a detailed breakdown of the materials, labour, and any other costs that will be incurred during the renovation process.

3. Understand the contract

Before signing a contract with a contractor, make sure that you understand all of the terms and conditions. The contract should include details such as the scope of the project, the timeline, the payment schedule, and any contingencies. Make sure to read the contract carefully and ask any questions you may have before signing. A JCT is a common contract which outlines all of the above and is easily accessible for both parties. 

4. Communicate effectively

Effective communication is key when working with a contractor, any suppliers or sub-contractors. Make sure to establish clear lines of communication and set up regular check-ins to discuss the progress of the project. This will help to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that any issues or concerns are either pre-empted or are addressed in a timely manner.

5. Be prepared for unexpected costs

Renovation projects often come with unexpected costs, so it’s important to be prepared for this. Make sure to set aside a contingency budget for any unexpected expenses that may arise during the renovation process. This will help to ensure that the project stays on budget and that you’re not caught off guard by unexpected costs.

In conclusion, hiring a contractor for a residential renovation project can be a daunting task, but with a little bit of research and preparation, you can find the right contractor for your project and ensure that the renovation process goes smoothly. 

Aaron Powdrill – Founder

Hillrise Property


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