9 Tips To Selecting A Good Contractor

 

When it comes to home repairs or improvements, many people find themselves at a loss because they are either unable to complete the needed repairs or they simply do not have the time. In either situation, the best thing to do is to hire a professional contractor. But, what qualities should one look for in a contractor and how can you be sure that he/she will be the best person for the job? These are common questions and should be answered prior to hiring a professional contractor.

Below are 9 tips that will help guide you through the process of selecting the best man, or woman, for the job.

1) Before hiring a contractor, find out how long they have been in business. It’s best to look for an established company and make sure to check out their reputation with the local Better Business Bureau for any outstanding or unresolved complaints.

2) Always make sure that a contractor is licensed to work in the state in which the work is to be done. The best way to find out about your province’s licensing procedure is to contact your local building department and/or consumer protection agency. If your state requires that a contractor be licensed, always ask to see a contractor’s license prior to hiring him/her for the job.

3) When considering potential contractors, ask for a list of recently completed projects that are similar to the one you are in need of help with. Hiring a contractor that is experienced in projects similar to yours will help to ensure that all goes smoothly and that the job will be done correctly.

4) Be sure to ask your contractor, prior to the commencement of work, whether or not the job will require any type of permit. All permits must be obtained before the actual work begins, when required, or the homeowner may face a fine. It is best to discuss who will be responsible for obtaining permits, either you or the contractor, in the beginning.

5) Always ask for the name of the individual who will be in charge of the project, often called a supervisor, and the names of those who will be working on the construction crew.

6) Once you are familiar with the supervisor, ask him/her about their crew. You will need to know whether or not they are trustworthy and make the decision as to whether you want them working on/in your home. Will they need keys? If so, you need to know that they are honest and can be trusted near your family and/or children.

7) Every professional contractor should carry a certain amount of insurance coverage, including personal liability, property damage and worker’s compensation. You will need to request copies of all insurance certificates and confirm that they are current before work begins. Do not do business with a contractor who cannot provide this documentation as this may result in your being held liable for any injuries and/or damages that occur during the project.

8) Always check with the contractor’s references before deciding to hire him/her for your project. This is important for all of the obvious reasons and will give you an idea as to their work ethics and end results.

9) When you and your contractor come to an agreement on payment terms, get everything in writing and have the agreement signed and notarized. All parties involved should have a copy of the agreement for future reference.

Right now, through June 30, you can get 0% financing or cash back on select Lifestyle Home Products installations, as well as a chance to win $2,500 towards your home improvement. Visit our current promotions page to find out more, and talk with one of our certified design consultants. We’ll make sure your home reno project gets done right the first time, guaranteed!

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Home Renovations and Resale Value!

Getting the best return on your real estate investment

By Mike Carroll
Regional Sales Manager

If you are thinking about doing some renovations around your house, even if you are not planning on selling this year, you may want to consider how they will affect the resale value of your home. Understanding the resale value will help you prioritize which project you start with as well as determine the net cost of the renovation. If you need to pay $10,000 for a project but have an expected 70% return on investment it really only costs $3,000 – not to mention any savings you may occur through energy bills or government reimbursements.

You can ask almost any real estate agent and they will tell you the importance of the first impression of your home. The term ‘curb appeal’ is used all of the time across the industry. The first impression is usually done in the first 60 seconds a potential buyer looks at the house – and lasts forever, and that first 60 seconds is usually spent outside. Rotting windows, faded doors, and failing gardens are all things that may deter a buyer from choosing your home without them even realizing it.

Numerous studies will agree that top renovations as far as resale value goes are; Entry Doors, Vinyl Siding, Vinyl Windows, and Garage Doors followed by bathroom, kitchen and basement remodeling. One may have expected kitchen and bathrooms to be at the very top, but first impressions, as well as personal preference and countless home improvement tv shows are leaving home buyers to tackle these renovations afterwards.

Over the years the top renovations for return on investments have been, for the most part, fairly consistent, with an expected increase of an additional 10% on the resale value for replacement vinyl windows and front doors for various reasons; the unpredictable and extreme weather we have been seeing, the rising energy costs and a growing interest in social and environmental responsibility that has lead buyers to demand greener homes.

If you are thinking about a home renovation project, call Lifestyle Home Products now at 1.800.465.0593 to book a free, no obligation, in-home consultation to discuss your many options and find the best project for your home. Book before June 30, and you could even WIN $2,500 towards your new home improvement project!

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Lifestyle Introduces Open House Program

This past Saturday and Sunday, Lifestyle Home Products introduced its new Open House program.

As part of a measure to reduce paper waste by cutting down on flyers, Lifestyle Home Products has taken a different approach to canvassing the neighbourhoods where we work. Instead of print ads in the neighbourhood, we’re setting up information centres at select homes. This way, friends, family, and neighbours of our happy clients can stop by and visit our completed job sites themselves and see the work we’ve done up close.

With the home owners’ permission, we set up our display at the end of the driveway and provide information on the work we’ve done and the services we have available. Our staff are on hand to answer questions and explain the whole installation process.

Our next Open Houses will be happening on Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 11 Downey Drive in Whitby, where you can check out one of our Lifetime Metal Roofs, and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 82 Atlantic Avenue in Markham for a recent metal roof and siding installation.

For more information on upcoming home shows and open houses, follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/lifestylhomepro, or call us at 1-800-465-0593.

Another Fantastic Steel Roof Installation in Markham!

After seeing the steel roof installation we did in Markham (featured HERE), these customers are so amazed at our work they just had to have us over to do theirs.

They were expecting the same quality of work, but were thrilled when we overdelivered with the inclusion of a skylight and some added features.

Lifestyle’s installation team did the roof, new skylight, board and batten siding‎, fascia and eavestrough. Have a look:

To see this project up close and personal, stop by the site for our OPEN HOUSE presentation centre at 82 Atlantic Avenue Markham this Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. You’ll be able to talk to our experts and see our work for yourself.

Questions about Lifetime Steel Roofing?

You can now download our FREE Steel Roofing Information Kit. Just click the button below to get your copy today!

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Metal Roofing Installation Video & Photo Feature

Lifestyle Home Products is extremely excited to share with you our new Lifetime Metal Roofing video. Filmed with incredible aerials by happy customer and professional videographer Shaun Mitchell, this three-minute clip and the accompanying photo gallery below show how quickly and efficiently we can clad over your existing asphalt roofing with a brand new, premium metal roof. The results are nothing short of spectacular! See for yourself.

For a free roof inspection and a quote on the last roof you’ll ever need for your home, use the form at the side of the page or give us a call at 1-800-465-0593 and get in touch.