If you are a contractor or a client, here is the information that you need to know:
YOU ARE A CLIENT
Check with your provincial authorities to find out about current recommendations for renovation projects. In some parts of Canada, contractors are allowed to present quotes and carry out renovation projects starting in the upcoming days and weeks.
For example, in Quebec, all renovation projects will be allowed to start on May 11th 2020. In Ontario and Alberta, there is no set date for construction and home renovations to be relaunched. As such, strict guidelines are still in order. Please consult your provincial government website for specific information.
In the meantime, RenoQuotes is here to put you in touch with our network of contractors. We encourage clients and contractors to follow the rules and guidelines enforced by provincial authorities.
Consult our article for tips on how to organize your project remotely: How to Receive Quotes Remotely
Be sure to check out the following article for general information about renovations during this extraordinary situation: Renovation projects in the time of COVID-19
YOU ARE A CONTRACTOR
Guidelines vary from one province to another. As the information is changing daily, we encourage you to consult your local government website for specific information.
In any case, you will have to adapt your practices when presenting quotes and carrying out the work. In some areas, only remote communications are permitted. For advice on how to present a quote remotely, check out this article: 3 tips to present quotes remotely
If you meet with a client in person and start working on a project, strict hygiene and social distancing measures must be adopted. Here's another article that could interest you: What you need to know about construction sites reopening
Do you need financial help for your renovation company? Check out this article: Guide to financial assistance programs for Canadian businesses
Last modified: 2019-03-13 | Approximate reading time 3 mins
This week, RenoQuotes.com met up with one of our general contractors on location at a renovation site. During this interview, Yves explains what his job is about and how he guides his clients through their renovation process.
As a response, he told us that “a good general contractor should be a guide for his client”. According to him, the contractor has to make sure that the client is completely at ease with the project. Of course the client may have some preoccupations but in the end, the contractor should always try to reassure them and guide them through the whole process.
For Yves, the level of trust between a client and a contractor is very important for the well-being of the project. Yves says that a general contractor should:
In other words, a general contractor should support their clients right from the first meeting, up to the end of the renovation project. They should always put the clients’ satisfaction first. Therefore, when the work comes to an end, it should not be about the contractor packing their bags and leaving. They should make sure that everything is up to the client's expectations.
We also asked Yves how a client should prepare themselves to meet a general contractor. According to him, a client should not necessarily prepare for the meeting, but they should have an idea about what type of material they want to use. From then on, the general contractor will guide them for the rest of the project.
If the client has plans made by a designer, that could be helpful but it is not needed since the contractor should be able to guide the client through all the different steps of the project, including choosing the materials and creating the plans. After all, the general contractor will be in charge of the renovation site. Yves adds that not only should the contractor guide the client, but they should also give advice that is adapted to the client’s needs and expectations.
For instance, if the client wants to renovate their kitchen, the contractor could recommend a few stores where they will be able to choose kitchen cabinets or counter-top materials. A good contractor should be able to put themselves in the client’s shoes. When all the choices have been made in terms of materials and plans, the contractor will be able to get the ball rolling.
Yves answered that there is no such thing as an average price for renovations. Too many factors come into play, like the type of room that is being renovated (basement, bathroom, living room, etc.), the size, or the materials that are chosen. For instance, a very basic bathroom renovation project (changing the ceramic tiles, installing a new toilet, repainting the walls etc.) can cost nearly $2000 but the price can easily increase depending on what the client wants.
Therefore, Yves says that people shouldn’t trust renovation or home decor TV shows that often show renovations made for only a few hundred dollars. In reality, these projects usually cost a lot more than what is being presented on TV.
Since renovating your house can be seen as a long-term investment, you should be ready to pay more for good quality work instead of trying to find the cheapest contractors out there. Prices that are too low are often a sign of bad quality work.
RenoQuotes.com can help you get quotes for your home or commercial renovation project. If you submit your project to us, we’ll put you in contact with the best general contractors in our network. Fill in the form (it only takes a few minutes), and you will receive quotes from home renovation specialists.
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