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YOU ARE A CLIENT

You can carry on with your quote process but you must prioritize remote ways of communicating. For example, you can communicate with contractors through video calls or send them pictures by email to help them present a detailed quote. Here is more information on this subject: Renovation projects in the time of COVID-19

YOU ARE A CONTRACTOR

Unless the work is considered an essential service, you cannot meet with the clients to present a quote or to carry out the work. Here are 2 articles that could help you in the current situation: 3 tips to present quotes remotely and Guide to financial assistance programs for Canadian businesses

HERE ARE THE PROJETS THAT ARE CONSIDERED AS ESSENTIAL SERVICES

These projects can still be carried out in the current crisis (check with you provincial authorities to make sure this applies):

  • Plumbing issues that keep the system from working correctly;
  • Electricity problems that affect the way the system works;
  • Repairs that must be made to fix a dangerous problem (bulging brick wall, broken window, broken door, water infiltrations, natural disaster);
  • Heating problems;
  • Issues with locks.

 
 
 
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Renovation project: how to receive remote quotes

Last modified: 2020-04-01 | Approximate reading time 3 mins

Amanda Harvey

We can imagine like the rest of us, you’re stuck at home right now. It’s likely that prospective short and medium term renovation projects are lining up, and you’d like to launch them once things have returned to normal. If this is the case, why not get ahead with the preparation stage? Indeed, there are several things that can be started remotely when it comes to organization of the project. For example, you can get in touch with contractors and even receive quotes remotely.

In this way, you can sign contracts with the contractors who will be responsible for carrying out the work. Once the quarantine measures have softened, the project can be launched without any further delay.

In this article, we present some tips for starting a renovation project during this period when it’s not possible to receive contractors on site (except for urgent work).

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Prepare your renovation project

At this time, the approach for renovation projects is a little different than usual. It’s particularly important to get a very precise and detailed idea of ​​the desired results and / or the problem you're looking to resolve, because you will have to clearly express your needs to the contractors you will contact.

Create a detailed written document to present the project

Take the time to write down the objectives of the work and write down certain relevant elements, notably the materials and the budget, especially if it is a large project. Of course, then you’ll be able to discuss the work and make decisions with your chosen contractors.

You can send this written plan to the entrepreneur, as this will allow him to better understand your expectations and needs. If you have other relevant documents such as house plans or photos, don’t hesitate to include them in your written discussions.

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Receiving quotes remotely: how to proceed and what to know?

First of all, we must specify when things are running regularly, it’s always preferable that the bidding process takes place in person. This is because communication in person is generally easier and less prone to misunderstandings. In addition, if the contractor sees the work to be done in person, they'll have a slightly more complete picture of the situation.

That said, for the vast majority of renovation projects, it’s entirely possible to submit a remote bid when necessary. Right now, aside from emergency work that can still be assessed in person, this is the only possibility for obtaining a price from a contractor as well as signing a project contract that will eventually take place.

If you want to take advantage of this situation to advance your renovation projects, you can begin the organization stage. Through our platform, you’ll be able to send projects and get in contact with contractors who will be ready to carry out the work as soon as possible. In the meantime, they’ll be able to submit a remote submission using our technological tools which are very useful right now!

The question of budget and price presented on the bid

From the point of view of contractors, it’s undeniably more difficult to offer a project price when they’re unable to travel to assess the needed work. This is due to the fact that there’s a greater chance for something unexpected to be added to the budget afterwards. Under these circumstances, you can therefore expect several contractors to present you with a base price, while indicating that there should be room for maneuver for unforeseen events. If this is the case, both you and the contractor should make sure that this condition is noted in writing on the bid and any additional  document related to the contract. It’s especially important to avoid misunderstandings, and this is the kind of important detail to address.

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What technological tools to use for remote quotes

First step: the initial contact has been created between you and the entrepreneurs who will submit a bid for your project. Now, in order to be able to present you with an idea of ​​their techniques and their planned prices, they’re going to need your collaboration. To communicate, you’ll use technological tools that are part of our everyday life, namely telephones and computers.

Here are the main communication channels you can use to receive submissions:

  • Video calls
  • Emails
  • Calls (without video)
 

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