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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.




Trusted Regina team brag about Derkson Contracting Trusted Regina fence and deck contractors

Trusted Regina Directory team are thrilled to announce their latest partner in the Regina Landscape and Yard category Derkson Contracting and Fencing are Trusted Regina fencing and deck contractors.

Chad Derkson has owned and operated Derkson Contracting and Fencing for over 10 years and he knows fencing! Chad runs a reputable company with an A+ BBB rating who stand behind their work, show up on time AND come back to finish the job.


It is well known that the fencing industry in Regina and across Saskatchewan has been giving homeowners nightmare stories to tell their friends and neighbours for years. We guarantee that you won’t hear that story about Derkson! The Derkson Contracting and Fencing team are friendly, knowledgeable and they WILL get the job done.

Chad has worked hard to make his company stand out in an industry of fly by night contractors. Derkson Contraction and Fencing are members of the following fencing associations, as they believe it is important to be involved in the industry at ALL LEVELS if you want to the the best at what you do! 

 

When we surveyed Chad's clients as part of the unique Trusted verification process they were so impressed, here we share just a few of the positive comments we received!

 “Fencing is a nightmare business with so many bad contractors. Derkson Contacting and Fencing is NOT a nightmare company! They are a dream to deal with. Chad and his staff did everything to get the job done and done right! My phone calls were always answered, and they showed up when promised, and worked through a long weekend to get the job done! They did the job with care and quality. I will always recommend them for any fencing job!” Jared, Regina

“My neighbour hired another fencing company to come in and do several fences on our block. We never did get our fences! Chad Derkson, and Derkson Contracting and Fencing came to our rescue. They came in and did the job, and did it well. My daughter now has a backyard she can play in and we are very happy with the service that we received from Chad and his staff. “ Jeff Krauss, Regina

Trusted Regina shares a tip on Deck Construction


Here they share a great tip on Deck Construction:

When it comes to deck construction, there are several options to consider when building the structure. Some of these options are: joists, beams, post size, supports, and spacking; decking thickness, guard railing height and spindle spacing.

  • Joists are used to support the decking surface material that is walked on. The size and spacing are directly proportional; that is, as the size of the joist increases, the allowable spacing also increases. Larger joists can carry a larger load, so fewer joists are required.

  • Beams are provided to support the end and sometimes middle of the joists to reduce excessive vertical flexing and side to side (lateral) movement. As with the joists, the size and spacing of the beams are directly proportional.
  • Deck posts transfer the load from the beams to the ground, which is a very important job. Deck posts should be at least 15 ¼ cm x 15 ½ cm (6"x6") unless the deck is very close to the ground. Large decks may require larger posts, or posts spaced closer together. 

 

  •  The guard/railing should be very sturdy and high enough to prevent people from falling over. The requirement for guards and the appropriate height is mandated by local building codes and varies from municipality to municipality. 

  • In most cases, your clients need to get building permits for their decks. Some municipalities only require a permit if the deck is a certain height above ground or if it is anchored to the house. In addition to local building department requirements, the local planning and zoning department should be consulted to confirm if there are any limitations.a

 



 


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