Ottawa General Contractors – What to look for in general contractors
This article shall discuss the pitfalls to lookout for when selecting an Ottawa general contractor for your next home renovations project. The Ottawa general contractor market is filled with numerous companies all claiming to do the same thing, while many promise very few actually deliver on quality, value, and service. This article will go into detail about the things to lookout for when selecting a general contractor in Ottawa.
1.The Ottawa general contractor’s Experience
This is critical for finding the best organization or person for the job because the longer they have been in business the more likely they are doing something right. Experienced contracting companies have very strong networks that ensure the electrician, plumber, renovator, etc. are professionals who do a great job. Make sure to ask the contractor for your next home improvement project how many years they have been in business.
2. The Ottawa general contractor’s Volume
Volume dictates whether or not the contractor can handle your home renovations project. It is important to ask how many current projects the contractor currently has because too many would mean they are spread thin and you will most likely receive poor service, poor/average quality service, and a large chance you might be ignored. The opposite is also bad because it could mean that the contractor is not good at managing their projects.
3. The Ottawa general contractor Specialization
The old analogy goes jack of all trades so master of none, if the contractor says they can do everything and anything then be weary. Find contractors specialized in key areas that are relevant to your home renovations project. Finding a general contractor that goes from custom lumber work to foundation work to high-rise construction might make you feel a little uncomfortable for your kitchen renovations. Look for Ottawa general contractors focused on your specific project or industry.
4. The Ottawa general contractor’s expertise vs. salesman approach
This is perhaps the most important and overlooked quality to look for when selecting a general contractor. An experienced general contractor tends to be an expert in the field they choose therefore will provide you with an abundance of knowledge and recommendations for your home project. If your contractor agrees to everything you say and says SURE they can do it without a flinch then be afraid. We have personally witnessed hundreds of cases where home owners were duped by contractors into believing their projects are achievable only to have the contractor quit half-way through because they realized it cannot be done. An expert Ottawa general contractor is not afraid to tell you it cannot be done and is also not afraid to tell you what you should be doing. Your contractor should be an expert first and a salesman second, do not be duped by a general contractor only looking to close your project regardless of whether or not it is feasible.
5. The Ottawa general contractor’s honesty & integrity
Your home renovation is important; you will have strangers going in and out of your home . Having an honest contractor ensures that you feel safe and secure throughout the whole project. In addition an honest contractor will be transparent with you throughout the entire project and will provide you with feedback and recommendations as they go along based on what is good for you rather then what is good for the pocket.
Most importantly is having an Ottawa general contractor that is not out to maximize their profits on your project. The nature of the business is finding the cheapest laborer while charging the customer the highest price. These values conflict and we run into numerous contractors who abuse this system and homeowners who suffer. We have home owners who got a “bargain” only to realize they got more than they bargained for from their contractors. Be wary of very low pricing or very high pricing. Go for the general contractor that provides you with testimonials, great service, honest answers, and expert advice.
This has been another article written by the experts at Abbas & Company, the Ottawa renovations experts.
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