In this section we have included some key resources and educational material in order to help you make the best decisions possible when it comes to renovating your home or garden.
The Cavalry’s Top 5 Tips on Finding a Good Contractor
In the competitive, confusing and unpredictable marketplace of construction, hundreds of new companies start up each year and hundreds more fail. The pain and suffering inflicted by an inexperienced or bad contractor is costly and can be long lasting. The delight of a job well done is enduring and adds value to your home. To help you better select contractors and protect your investment, we’re using our decades of experience to help you identify the good ones.
Here are the 5 most important tips we hope our potential clients to follow when seeking out the right contractor to complete their special projects. Whether hiring our company or any other, we want to encourage you to make your final decision using as much available information as possible, and not just consider the quoted price.
1. Do your research. Look past smooth talking sales people, fluffy adjectives and haughty verbiage in their marketing. Watch out for fake accreditations like “Master Landscaper”. Often, ‘Award Winning’ or other website images may be stock photos. A good contractor’s work speaks for itself.
2. Always find more than one source for information about a company. Organizations like the BBB and Shell Busey’s Housesmart do a lot of background work to weed out the unprofessional and dishonest trades. Testimonials are helpful, but not enough. If you want the real truth about a company, call the industry suppliers and ask about a business and owner, account activity, and project experience.
3. Always get your quotes, contracts and change orders in writing. A vague description and a base price are not enough. Well-executed jobs take real planning and have a lot of variables. Material specifications are essential. Remember that all of your planning and specifications should also be in writing and in the possession of both you and the contractor!
4. NEVER make a hiring decision based on price. Don’t assume all contractors use the same materials or do the same quality of work. They do not. The average successful contractor only makes about 15% profit in a year. The cost of proper equipment, quality labour, insurance and support staff, and all operating and overhead costs are typically worth far more than the cost of materials.
5. If you ask a contractor to significantly reduce their price, expect a proportionate drop in quality of materials or quality of work. A price reduction simply forces the contractor to concede quality somewhere in the job. You will not get the same job for less. You will get a lesser job for less.
Take time to research. Get to know your contractor. Establish a mutually beneficial, positive, trusting relationship. The consequence of bypassing this can put you and your family at emotional and financial risk unnecessarily.
“It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money. That’s all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. It cannot be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better.”
John Ruskin (1819-1900)
Financing with The Cavalry Construction Group and Projects West Contracting
Your renovation is going to make your house feel like a home.
If you’re financing your renovation, we want that process to be seamless and leave you feeling just as contented as with your new surroundings. Whether your renovation is for pleasure, an investment, an upgrade or update, or a necessary and unexpected critical repair, we can help you find the resources to complete the job properly. Grand Cru, Projects West Contracting & Cavalry Construction have aligned with a leading team of independent Accredited Mortgage Professionals who can assist you with raising any necessary capital ensuring it is a good financial fit for you. Our alliance with Invis – Team Rob Regan-Pollock, is one more way we add value.
We want you to be just as satisfied with your financing and cash flow as you are with your home when we’re done! If you are curious and would like to know more, please ask us, or contact Invis directly.
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BCLNA – BC Landscaping & Nursery Association
A link to the BCLNA website