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BBB Tips: Hiring A Contractor

Hiring A Contractor
 
 
Before hiring a contractor, there are several factors to consider:
  1. 1.  Deal with a reputable company. Talk to friends and neighbours. If you live in a rural area and were solicited at your door, check with theRCMP. Ask the contractor for references including complete street address and phone numbers of previous customers.
  2. Get a detailed written estimate from more than one company. The estimate should indicate start date, completion date, full details of the work and material, and the complete cost.

BBB Warns Spring Time Brings Home Improvement Scams

BBB Warns Spring Time Brings Home Improvement Scams
 
 
 
With warm weather approaching, the Better Business Bureaus in the U.S. and Canada are warning homeowners to be on the lookout for home improvement scams. This is the time of year when less-than-reputable or unqualified contractors breeze into town promising a variety of services at cut-rate prices. They may show up at your door, advertise in local papers or deliver fliers to your home.

BBB Tips: Home Improvement

BBB Tips: Home Improvement
 
 
 
Planning Your Project
Before selecting a remodeling contractor, you should carefully plan your project from start to finish. For example, if your project involves a room addition, determine exactly what your needs are, how the room is to be used, and what you want the completed job to look like. It is a good idea to coordinate your color schemes and draw a simple floor plan using miniature tables and chairs to lay out the room arrangement.