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Choosing a Renovation Company in Vancouver

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Home renovations can be equally exciting and daunting.  Regardless of the specific nature of your home renovation project, choosing a reputable renovation company in Vancouver is the first step to a stress free (or at least stress reduced) homeowner experience.  But how do you decide which renovation company to work with, especially when there are so many operating in and around Vancouver?  Careful research can help you make an informed decision that will ultimately ensure your renovation is completed on time, on budget, and with the fewest mishaps along the way.

When it comes to researching potential renovation companies, you want to answer the following five questions:

  1. What experience does the renovation company have?
  2. What do their references have to say?
  3. Do you have good rapport with your contractor?
  4. What solutions does the company offer?
  5. Is their quote and timeline competitive?

Before we look at each of these questions in more depth, it is important that you take time to review multiple renovation companies so that you can compare your options and choose the best company for your needs.  Let’s get started.


Ultimately, you want to review potential renovation companies’ portfolios to ensure that they have experience that matches your renovation needs and expectations.  A sound portfolio displays previous jobs and shows that your contractor or renovation specialist not only talks the talk but walks the walk.


Always, always, ALWAYS ask potential renovation companies for references and take the time to vet those references.  In fact, a great place to start your search for contractors is referrals from family, friends, or colleagues.  Ask references specific questions about the company’s work ethic, integrity, communication style, and customer service skills.


Whether you’re engaging renovation companies for a quick weekend project or a more comprehensive overhaul of your home, you want to make sure you can work effectively with your contractor.  Do they listen to your goals and inquire specifically about your home and how you plan to use the space?  Are they easy to communicate with?  Do they demonstrate passion in their work?  Ideally, you want your values and goals to be reflected in the values and goals of your renovation company.


Another question to ask potential renovation companies relates to the solutions they offer.  Do they use the most recent tools and technologies in their renovations?  Are they aware of advances in energy efficiency?  You can also get information about your renovation company’s experience and practice through references, referrals, and their portfolio.


Finally, you want to choose a renovation company that is at least competitive in their quote and timelines.  You don’t need to go with the most expensive company (unless you are very impressed), but you don’t usually want to choose the lowest bidder either.  Select a company that is specific, realistic and competitive with their quote and timelines.

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