We would like to finish our basement this winter and hire a contractor to complete all of the work. We have already had two quotes and we have a good idea of the layout that we would like but I feel that we are unprepared about the specifics. I realize that cost and time are not the only factors so what other questions should I be asking?
You may want to research your contractor in more detail before making a final selection. Check out some of their work, talk to their past clients that have had similar work completed. Also, ask for proof of Insurance, WSIB and licensing. A proper contract is also a must outlining what services and products you are getting for the cost. It should also include, timelines, payment schedules and warranty information. Layout is one thing, but you really need to know who and what you are getting for the price agreed upon. Hope that helps somewhat. If there is something more specific, in terms of information you require, please post. All the best.
The Toolbox Group Inc.
I totally agree with Andrew. Make sure you see some of the selected contractors finished product. Also when comparing quotes make sure you re comparing apples to apples. You will want to know what each contractor is purposing to do. For example insulation is it batted or foam? framing metal or wood? Is the contractor doing all the work himself or does he have qualified trades that work with him?
It s also good to know what is included in the quote. I give the customers an allowance for flooring and make them aware what my mark up is. Therefore everyone is on the same page in terms of where the quote will be adjusted in the end and there aren t any surprises. You should also have a method where changes or extras are documented. Like a change order form, this will also help keep everyone on the same page.
If you re interested in a 3rd quote, please do not hesitate to call or email.
All the best!
2139 Donald Rd
Hi Dave, sounds like you are planning some excitement in your future. Andrew and Mike are absolutely correct about the steps to take to find a contractor for your project. You should also be doing your homework about finishes, flooring, fixtures, and any other features you want incorporated into your basement. It is not enough to say "I want medium grade finishes" , the more you can specify, the more accurate and realistic your quotations will be and they should come out "apples to apples" so you have something to actually compare.
You should also consider an energy audit before you start your reno. The government is offering rebates for many energy saving upgrades that I am sure will be incorporated into your project. If you are going to do it anyway, why not let them help.
Kettleby Handyman Services
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