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Trusted Tip How to hire a local qualified contractor for your Regina home improvement or renovation project.

As homeowners we all wonder what questions to ask a contractor to avoid a potentially horrible situation.  We have all heard  nightmare stories of home renovations gone wrong but how can anyone be sure this wont happen to them?   At Trusted Regina we believe we can help.  Trusted Regina was formed to help the public find local businesses you can TRUST.  In this article we share some of the ways we research businesses to ensure we have the best local contractors.  Giving you peace of mind knowing you have hired someone you can TRUST to do the job right.  

 

Requesting proof of insurance is one of the first steps in searching for a quality and Trusted Regina contractor.  

Are they Insured ? Any good contractor should carry liability and worker’s compensation Insurance this is something you should always require a contractor to have.

Contractor Liability Insurance

This will protect you if a contractor creates damage to your home, neighboring properties or injury to a third party that may occur during the renovation.  Ask to see a Certificate of Insurance; it should state the name and address of the contractor, the amount of general liability, including coverage for bodily injury and property damage, and the effective and expiry dates of the policy as well as the date of issue of the certificate.  Once you know the contractors liability coverage take it to your Insurance provider to ensure you are fully covered during the renovation as a renovation may require you to increase your coverage for a period of time.   

Workers Compensation

Except for single-person companies, Contractors are required by law to pay WCB premiums on behalf of their employees in the event of a workplace injury. Hiring a contractor that is not in compliance makes YOU the homeowner the project manager and liable for ANY injuries occurred during the renovation. Request a letter of good standing to ensure their premiums are paid up.  

Ask for references 

When anyone applies for a job they are required to provide references.  Why should a contractor be any different!  At Trusted we ask for so many references it's borderline obscene... it is A LOT and we call them all!. We don't anticipate you calling the number we do but we do think it is always a good idea to request references and that you call them.  Typed references or letters of recommendation are ok but a voice and a person are always best. 

There are two types of references you should request.

Client References:

Gaining a list of people who have used there service is extremely helpful and an indication of the amount of jobs they have done.  Asking if they did a good job is not always a good indication of the quality of their work and dedication to customer service.  Dig deeper. here are some suggested questions. - How did you find the contractor? how many jobs have they done for you?  Would you hire them again?  Would you recommend them to a family member? Did they finish the job on time?  Did they charge you the price quoted?  We have the 5 Trusted Guarantees and all of our contractors have to uphold them these are only some of the questions we ask. 

Supplier references

Though not always foolproof, supplier references are very important and help give some insight as to weather or not the contractor pays it's suppliers on time.  Which may in turn help you protect yourself from creditor liabilities.  Builders lien's are something you should know about and try to avoid!.  Here is a great article on how to avoid a builders lien.  

Check their online rating and memberships 

Another way to check and see if a contractor is worth hiring it to check sources like Trusted Regina to see if they have been put through a process of ensuring that they are who they claim to be. This is also are a very strong indicator of a company's commitment to professionalism. You should also search to see if any complaints have been made about them online and how they dealt with those complaints.  From time to time mistakes can happen.  But it is how a company deals with those mistakes that can show a great deal about how they would deal with you.  

Experience, education and certification 

Trade licencing requirements 

A contractor should easily be able to tell you how long they have been in business and have a valid business licence.  Beyond that there are other things you should ask.  Depending on the type of work you want done there are licencing requirements for different trades in Saskatchewan.  Ensuring that each trade has the proper licencing can prevent major issues down the line.  In Saskatchewan there are four compulsory apprenticeship trades. Electrician, Plumber, Refrigeration Mechanic and Sheet Metal Worker. To work in a compulsory apprenticeship trade you must have a journey person certificate or be registered as an apprentice with the SATCC. If one of the trades your contractor has working on your project claims to be a professional in this area ask for their certification. 

Ask for Examples of their work

Most contractors have tons of images of work they have done in the past.  See examples of their work can give you a good indication of the type of work they can do.  We do caution you however that sometimes that though they may be very lovely images you can't always be sure of the quality of the underlying work!

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We hope this article helps you find the right contractor for your renovation project. We always hope you choose one of our Trusted Regina Contractors for any of your projects.   

If you are looking for more information about hiring a contractor we have several other articles that can help steer you in the right direction.




SUP is the fastest growing water sport and our Trusted Regina partner, Fitness Warehouse have board rentals and sales to get you on the water!

Want to try the fastest growing water sport?

Fitness Warehouse offers standup paddleboard rentals for individuals, groups and corporate events. Whether you're a first timer and want to see  what stand-up paddleboarding is all about or an experienced SUPer looking to check out a variety of different boards, Fitness Warehouse's knowledgable staff will set you up with the perfect paddleboard rental for your needs. Also available is their Winter Vacation Package if you wish to have a paddleboard accompany you for the length of your vacation taking away the headache of locating a rental company as well as avoiding highly inflated "tourist" daily rates while on holidays. This package is available in off-season months (October-April). 

Once you try it and fall in love Fitness Warehouse also sells amazing boards!  check them out here!




Their rental fleet consists of many high end inflatable stand-up paddleboards which makes transporting the board to your desired location easy for anyone. Besides the standard 4" boards they also now offer the 6" thick boards which greatly increase a boards rigidity, stability and versatility especially for taller or larger users. They have a selection of all waters boards (all rounders) as well as the popular displacement hull "touring" or "racing" boards. Each board rental comes with a paddle, PFD, pump and board bag.


In Season Rates:

(Inflatable Board + Paddle + PFD + Pump + Travel Bag)

Daily $35

Weekender (pick up Friday after 2pm, drop off Monday AM) $75

Weekly $170

Monthly, Group or Corporate Event  Call


They also have a Winter Vacation Package (to take on your travels)

7 days $125

2 weeks $175

Month $325

Month+ Call

Save time by downloading the waiver and bringing it with you to the shop when you come. For Monthly, Group or Corporate Event rentals, contact them or call (306) 569-3933 today!

Fitness Warehouse is a local family business,- and they are your Trusted Regina Fitness equipment experts.

You can find Fitness Warehouse impressive  showroom on Albert Street , or you can check them out online ( and order too!)  - and we suggest you read what their happy clients had to say in their listing in the Regina Fitness Category . We are proud to GIVE THEM THE THUMBS UP! 

Our Trusted Regina partner Jacuzzi Hot Tubs Regina shares a tip on when and how you should clean your hot tub.

WHEN AND HOW SHOULD I CLEAN MY HOT TUB?

Getting into a hot tub after a tiring day at work can certainly relax your entire body. However, even the most exquisite spas need a good cleaning every now and then. One of the best ways to ensure that your hot tub stays clean is to create a routine schedule, and stick to it. With regular cleaning of the tub, you’ll realize it isn’t troublesome at all to keep a very clean area for you and your family to enjoy.


DRAINING YOUR SPA

Hot tubs run at an optimal temperature for mold and bacteria to flourish. They can grow on the sides of your tub and within the system itself. Therefore, it’s imperative that you flush the lines of your hot tub regularly. This basically means running a cleaner through the system regularly to keep it cleaner than ever before! You can find quality cleaners and similar products available at Jacuzzi Hot Tubs of Regina.

Common side effects of not cleaning your spa can include cloudy water, decreased water pressure or strain on the motor. These should wither off once you develop the habit of cleaning the lines regularly. The procedure may differ according to your cleaner choice and hot tub model. Always refer to the specific instructions provided with the products and/or spa, or ask one of our experts at Jacuzzi Hot Tubs of Regina for more information!

DISCONNECT THE POWER SOURCE

Next, you should disconnect the power. Leaving the power source connected while draining and cleaning your spa can be detrimental to the entire system. It could result in several issues, including:

  • Broken pumps
  • Damaged circuit breaker
  • Reduced longevity or performance

Refer to instructions included with your spa to safely disconnect the power source. This simple step could save you tons of unnecessary costs down the road.

DRAINING THE WATER

This should be done according to the instructions that come with your hot tub. You can use a built-in sump pump or a drain plug for this purpose, however many manufacturers do recommend leaving the foot-well of your hot tub full of water. In case that flushing the lines leaves a cloudy discharge, it’s important that you empty your tub completely to remove any bad particles or debris.

CLEAN THE HOT TUB

After the initial rinsing of the tub, it’s time to clean! Sanitize your system using various hot tub cleaners, rags or spa scrub brushes. Gently scrub off all the dirt and grime with your rag or even a sponge. You can use variety of cleaners from Jacuzzi Hot Tubs of Regina, and form a mixture to clean the insides of your tub. Be sure to use soft sponges to avoid causing any damage to the surface or the shell of cabinetry.

After the scrubbing, comes the more technical part of cleaning. Take out the filters from the cabinet in which your pump is located. You might have to unscrew a few bolts, so you should keep the necessary equipment by your side. After removing the filters, gently spray them with a garden hose. Afterwards, scrub them with a dichloride solution and then place it in an oil cutting solution for at least half an hour for maximum results.  

For more information on maintenance and cleaning of your hot tub, contact Jacuzzi Hot Tubs of Regina. Our skilled staff can guide you through the process and provide options that can meet your needs.

As a distributor of luxury hot tubs and spas complemented by a full line of hot tub accessories, they provide knowledgeable staff fully trained in the latest technology in this field. Their spas are designed to deliver the ultimate in pleasure, and our staff is chosen for its ability to provide exceptional service. Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs of Regina's full team of experienced and knowledgeable staff assists customers with the selection of Jacuzzi® hot tubs, purchase of cleaning supplies and accessories and more!

Jacuzzi® Regina are a TRUSTED Regina Outdoor Living hot tub store. 


A Trusted Regina outdoor living expert shares a tip on what you need to plan before you purchase a hot tub.

Dedicated to assisting their customers in achieving a higher quality of life through the benefits of hydrotherapy, Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs of Regina offers the best hot tub deals in the area. Their goal of enhancing at-home relaxation and enjoyment is mirrored by their commitment to provide outstanding service and quality hot tubs for sale in Regina, SK. They specialize in Jacuzzi® hot tubs, providing exceptional deals throughout Regina, SK, and surrounding areas. Stop by and check them out!

Thinking about buying a Hot Tub? Here is a tip on what you need to plan before you purchase.

A hot tub is a big investment. You’ve made a smart choice to do some research before taking the plunge. There are several factors to consider when you are contemplating adding a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub to your backyard.

Having a detailed and organized plan is a great way to avoid stress, as is relaxing in your potential Jacuzzi® Hot Tub!


COST AND WHAT’S AFFORDABLE

The first and most important factor to consider is what is affordable for you. This might be the deciding factor for various details of what you are looking for in a hot tub. For instance, a new Jacuzzi® Hot Tub might be more expensive than a used one. The more expensive a hot tub is, the more likely it is to be of greater quality, a newer model or is larger in size and accommodating to more people. It’s important to keep financing options in mind when choosing between a new and used Jacuzzi® Hot Tub. Our Jacuzzi® Hot Tub sales representatives are more than happy to discuss financing options that are available to you.


You will also need to factor in any costs for upkeep and maintenance. You will have to incorporate upkeep costs for your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub for as long as it is in use. You can inquire with one of our Jacuzzi® Hot Tub customer service reps about what kind of maintenance costs the hot tub you have your eye on might require on a regular basis. These costs include, but aren’t limited to, needs such as chemicals, filters, and replacement parts.

Other various costs to consider are accessories and warranties. Incorporating these financial factors is a crucial first step in your planning process.


HOT TUB SIZE VS CAPACITY

Narrowing down possible Jacuzzi® Hot Tub options is a lot easier once you have a budget in mind. Now you are able to see what is offered in your price range. The more people you wish to accommodate in your hot tub, the bigger it needs to be. It’s important to know how much space you have available to fit a hot tub before picking the model. All factors work hand-in-hand with each other, so it is very important to know what you are looking for and what you have to work with.


PRO’S AND CON’S LIST

Making a realistic pro’s and con’s list may be an effective way for you to decide if a hot tub is a worthwhile investment for you and/or your family. Some pro’s to consider may include the year-round use it provides, health and relaxation benefits, less space and cost than a pool requires and easy relocation.


WHAT’S BEST FOR ME?

These examples are just food for thought, but are still very important factors to consider when deciding if a hot tub is right for you. Needs and preferences vary between different people and families. If you are unsure of what might be best for you, one of our Jacuzzi® Hot Tub sales representatives would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.


As a distributor of luxury hot tubs and spas complemented by a full line of hot tub accessories, they provide knowledgeable staff fully trained in the latest technology in this field. Their spas are designed to deliver the ultimate in pleasure, and our staff is chosen for its ability to provide exceptional service. Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs of Regina's full team of experienced and knowledgeable staff assists customers with the selection of Jacuzzi® hot tubs, purchase of cleaning supplies and accessories and more!

Jacuzzi® Regina are a TRUSTED Regina Outdoor Living hot tub store. 


Trusted Regina team welcomes Jacuzzi Hot Tubs Regina to the Regina directory of excellence.

Trusted Regina directory welcomes yet another amazing new Partner to their Regina Directory of excellence!


Trusted Regina is thrilled to announce that Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs Regina have become the newest members of our Trusted Outdoor Living and Recreation Category and we couldn't be happier to have them officially on board!


There is no doubt about it, when you spend regular time relaxing in your Jacuzzi® hot tub, your quality of life often begins to improve and this is the place you want to go to get one.  Here is what some of their customers had to say:

"The staff are amazing, they were very helpful and any questions we had were answered immediately.  They have very good customer service." Crystal Hamilton - Regina

"They were able to get us the hot tub we wanted and installed on short notice.  They young man who installed it stayed with us every step until he was 100% sure we were happy.  I would give them a 10 out of 10." Tracey Reid - Regina


For over 60 years, Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs have been known for their high-performance hot tubs, quality products and advanced technology. Now they have an amazing family run retailer in Regina who have been selling and installing hot tubs for years! Their great combination of ownership, amazing team of installers and beautiful products are only a few of so many reasons they are Trusted!

If one thing is for certain, Jacuzzi® is a hard name to compete with, check out their brand awards. With help from one of their hot tub experts you begin by finding the perfect Jacuzzi® Hot Tub for you and your loved ones. During this process, you can learn about all of the proprietary and innovative features that Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are known for, but it won’t be until you get home that you can truly experience them.


They have an amazing line of products that are beautiful, comfortable and can be your outdoor oasis!  If you haven't been to Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs Regina yet isn't it time you went?  

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs Regina is a Trusted Regina hot tub expert!