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How to Choose a Contractor

When it's time for renovations, owners can decide to do it themselves or hire professional contractors. While doing it yourself is a viable option for some projects, it is strongly recommended that experts are used for plumbing, heating and electrical work. If you are installing or replacing insulation, it is also a good idea to use professionals.

For example, if you want to install HYDROFOAM® insulating boards for a floor heating system, you'll need to find a plumber to lay the pipes. Here are some tips to help you choose the right contractor.

Speak to people

Before starting work, ask around to see who has hired someone before. You can then see for yourself the work they have done, what they did well and what could have been done better. You can also get an idea of what prices they charge. 

Retail stores and material suppliers may also give you the names of reliable contractors they like to work with.

Get several quotes

Don't be embarrassed to ask for quotes from several contractors. This helps you make a more informed choice. Take the time to compare the quotes so you are comparing them properly. A cheaper quote could mean it's missing an important aspect that another contractor might be providing. Make sure you're comparing apples with apples!

RBQ

If you’re living in the Province of Quebec, it's essential to check that any contractor you're considering is registered with the RBQ (Régie du bâtiment du Québec). This will protect you in case of problems.

Sign a contract for protection

To protect both parties, it is recommended to have a contract signed by the owner and contractor. If there's any kind of a problem, then you have a legal document to fall back on.

By following these tips, you should be ready to make a wise choice for the start of your renovations. And as the saying goes: "nothing ventured, nothing gained!" Nowadays, with the Internet and social networks, you have plenty of resources to help you find and research the contractor you want to hire. It's free information, so don't be afraid to use them!

 

Source: http://www.lapresse.ca/maison/immobilier/conseils/201501/19/01-4836494-comment-choisir-le-bon-entrepreneur.php

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