A home remodel can be rewarding in many ways. Refreshing your living space, increasing the value of your investment, and creating more function for everyday life. However, if not properly planned and thought through, renovating a room or multiple rooms can become an unwieldy disaster. Our clients often have many questions at the start of a project. Today, we are going to outline steps to ensure your home remodel has an opportunity for success right from the beginning. This article is dedicated to helping you get your project renovation rolling!
Selecting the ‘right’ home contractor for your needs
Gather recommendations from trusted sources
There are hundreds of general construction contractors in Winnipeg. To be frank, some are better than others. To start your search, talk to family and friends who have renovations completed in the past. What were their experiences like? Do they recommend the contractor they used?
Conduct independent research on your terms. Take the recommendations into account and analyze the options you are personally interested. The Internet can be a great resource for your research. Review the company’s website, Google results (when Googling the business name), their social media accounts. Look for reviews, testimonials, photos of their past projects to gauge how you feel about each company. We encourage creating a “pro’s & con’s” list or a rating system, so you’re able to measure each company. Chances are, if the business doesn’t care or focus on their online presence, they will bring this same attitude to the job site. But, of course, take anything you read on the Internet with a grain of salt.
What’s happens online, stays online (usually, forever)
Should the business have a Facebook page or other social media accounts – sort through past reviews and material. Are there negative comments or reviews? If there is negativity present, not all hope is lost – see how the company addressed the issues via this public forum. Were approachable and professional? Chances are they respect their customer’s opinion and want to help. Did they respond back with negativity or they don’t respond at all? Count this as a red flag.
The next logical step is to reach out to the company’s which peak your interest. Like a Human Resource Manager would conduct a short interview, either through a call or email, asking the questions most relevant to you and your needs. Pending the response, it is now time to move forward to the next step with your selected companies.
What the renovation quotation process looks like
Each home contractor will handle this process differently – but be weary of any team willing to give you a quote before reviewing your home in-person. Any quote from Hammerdown starts with an in-person visit from a senior team member. During this consultation process, we will examine the space you would like to see remodeled, ask any relevant questions to the potential job, and make recommendations as we see fit.
What materials should I use?!
The materials can be a large part of the quote’s cost. We ask for any potential customer to extend us professional courtesy of being prepared on the agreed date to conduct the consultation. This may seem obvious, but knowing what you want may be the single biggest factor in overall satisfaction with any renovation. But, of course, we are here to guide and help – for example: not sure if you want the granite or quartz counter-top – just ask us for our opinion!
Get the details you need to help make the decision
The quote process requires analysis, so we aren’t able to deliver a price at the time of the first visit. However, after our meeting, we will create a detailed, itemized list with associated costs for materials, labor, and other resources. We want you to know where and how your investment is going to be used. Consider omitting any companies not willing or able prepare a quote for you project in this manner. As well, once we create the quotation for your home renovation project, we email it to your inbox within five business days.
Deciding on design options for your home remodel
As mentioned above, deciding on the materials and design options available for a home remodel project can be exhausting. Most people don’t have a natural eye for interior design, nor do they understand why certain materials could be beneficial when compared to others. For any kitchen renovation or bathroom renovation, we encourage a hands-on approach – we invite you to our showroom to see samples!
Choices, choices, choices
At Hammerdown Renovations, we have a distinct advantage over some of our competitors! Located in Winnipeg, our showroom at 893B Redonda Street (map at the bottom of the page) will give insight to the choices you have for the home renovation.
Of course, just browsing on your own isn’t going to help you focus. Our team of interior designers is on-hand and ready to help with recommendations for your project. They will ensure you make the best possible decisions within your project’s budget and matching your style.
Looking at your renovation as an investment
The last point we would like to make – while it may be tough – any home renovation project should be considered in the light of an investment. Typically, for most individuals, our homes are the single largest investment we have. It’s important to put money back into the home as an investment from time to time. We will always recommend for any home owner to renovate their kitchen or their bathroom(s) first should they want to be savvy with their funds. See our past article about “Home renovations that will give you the best return on investment“.
We hope this will help guide your decision process when selecting a home contractor. Here at Hammerdown, we feel we are the best match for our clients, due to our years of expertise and passion for the work we do. Hammerdown’s leader, Tyson Hiebert, demands integrity from his team and they create innovative solutions for each home renovation project tackled. Take a look at our website and social media channels – and past testimonials from clients. Then, call us when you’re ready for a meticulously planned, clear quote for your home remodel project. We will be ready to work!