After considering your various options for months, you have finally come to the conclusion that building a new home addition is the wisest choice, given your budget and your needs.
But how do you go about beginning the process of finding a contractor that you can trust and rely on? EiEiHome spoke to Daniel of Integrity Contracting to find out.
“First of all, ask around,”says Daniel. “Get references. Perhaps a neighbour recently got a kitchen extension put in,” he added. It’s always best when you get to examine the quality of the work firsthand.
Secondly, he says, “It is always a wise idea to consult with a few different contractors.” House additions are not a small job or investment; you will want to make sure that you find someone who can deliver top-quality work.
Here are a few tips to determine if a contractor is honest, ethical and efficient:
- Find out if they are licensed to operate in your region, and if they are bonded and insured. If any accidents happen during the construction, you should not be held liable for the costs involved.
- Ask about a mechanic’s lien. Sometimes, house additions are completed by your main contractor, who may subcontract various parts of the job. Under the mechanic’s lien law in some provinces, if you pay your contractor but, for example, they do not pay the electrician, that electrician may place a lien on your home. This renders you liable for the cost of their work.
- Can the contractor provide you with examples of similar projects or completed additions? Take advantage of the opportunity to talk to their other clients.
- Find out how many other projects the contractor will be working on simultaneously in addition to yours. Home additions can be rather disruptive to your living situation, so you’ll want it completed in a reasonable timeframe.
- Ask for a deadline or a fixed start and end date. Be wary if a contractor gives you vague, non-committal answers.
- Finally, be sure to obtain an itemized lists of expected costs, and check how much downpayment is required.
If your contractor has a steady work and cash flow, you should not be expected to foot large costs upfront.
If you keep these tips in mind, you will be well on your way to finding a contractor you can rely on and is capable of building high quality home additions. Integrity Contracting is built on accountability to their clients and quality work; they are also bonded and insured.
Editor, Marika Asikainen