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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.




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With over 15 years of experience, you can rest assured that Creek Construction will provide you with the outstanding customer service that you deserve. Creek Construction are a Trusted Regina Contractor specializing in Kitchen and Bath.


New Kitchen for Christmas?

Christmas is once again just around the corner. The holidays are a magical time where it feels like anything can happen! Are you searching for the perfect gift for your spouse? A custom, quality built kitchen by Creek Construction could be just the thing!

Creek Construction has one spot left for a kitchen remodel ready in time to carve the turkey!

Or an amazing surprise alternative, you can book to be first on the list in the new year and they will create a certificate for you to put under the tree complete with paint chips, cabinet and countertop samples.

When you hire Creek Construction for your kitchen renovation you don't have to worry about anything other than your colors and personal taste preferences.  Whether a wall needs to be removed, the floor leveled, a window moved, a wall re-insulated, plumbing or electrical-- we take care of it all! We even have a designer and engineer on board to help you bring your dream kitchen to reality.


Call us today for a free consult at 306-591-0600 or on our website. http://www.creekconstruction.ca/contact/ 

Creek Construction understands the value of your time. They come right to your home or farm to show you designs and samples, custom measure and provide an estimate.  Whatever your needs may be, Their professional contractors will keep you involved throughout the process, ensuring that project meets your specifications, down to the smallest detail. 

So the next time your in need of a  Regina Contractor you can trust contact Creek Construction.

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Why use the Trusted Regina directory when you are looking for a business in Regina

Why Trusted Regina?

It seems that everyone these days in Saskatchewan's capital is so busy with life, family, work and a million other commitments. When a need arises for a product or service and you can’t think who to contact where do you turn? Perhaps the business you select randomly yourself or find in other ways lets you down and does a bad job....living in Regina can present it's challenges ....with new businesses springing up all the time and existing businesses getting busier standards can suffer. Trusted is here to save you time, save you hassle, save you money and do the research for you...all the business on this site are contracted to uphold the 5 TRUSTED GUARANTEES.

 

 

Hear from the Trusted Founder Sara Wheelwright along with a user of the Trusted directories Janice Braden in this video below. Janice was ripped off by a disreputable contractor in Saskatoon and the Trusted community ( including 2 Trusted Regina partners CNG Stone and Adrenaline Roofing ) stepped up to help , and we put her home back together again ..for FREE! 

 

 

 

 

Choose a Trusted business in Regina..you'll be glad you did!!


Trusted Regina.com Renovation & Style Talk to The Experts Show

Trusted Regina.com THE Regina Directory   is hosts a Talk to the Experts show " The Trusted Show' Monthly on Newstalk 980 CJME..

Find them all here in our tips library or on our Trusted Channel on You Tube which is a fabulous resource of Tips , Interviews, Demos and Tours.

Listen to all the shows ON DEMAND, you can share them with friends who may be interested in the shows subjects and this makes sure you never have to miss a Trusted Show - www.trustedregina.com  is the Ony Local Directory that works for you...and the only  place to offer this kind of service in Regina !  

This latest show we are featuring is the TRUSTED Regina Directory  Home & Lifestyle Show

All of the questions on the show have been submitted by our wonderful Trusted Regina Facebook Fans  and one lucky fans question was chosen by Dave to win the Prize package submitted by the 3 Trusted Businesses worth over $1100 .

The $1100 + prize package includes:

$500 Gift Cert from Scott at CNG Stone - answering all the questions on Countertops 

A stunning tabletop fireplace  from Steve at Wheatland Fireplace answering everything about Fireplaces

Our  TrustedRegina Experts come together to give you another great show!!

Part1 

  

Part 2

 

REGINA COUNTERTOP expert share a Trusted Tip onRemodelling on the REGINA DIRECTORY

 TRUSTED REGINA GRANITE COUNTERTOP EXPERTS

 

What Does March Madness Have to Do With Home Remodeling Every Spring?

March Madness takes over television sets across N. America. Arguably one of the busiest playoff series in college sports, March Madness shows the top college basketball teams fighting for the right to be called the NCAA champion. But what does March Madness have to do with home remodeling? Well, not only is March the start of one of the busiest seasons for home re modelers, but the playoff series also inspires men and women across the country to update their basements or “man caves” in order to enhance these spaces before the next season  

 

For anyone considering basement remodeling, not much motivates the way March Madness does with the frenzy of game activity and various parties you may be hosting. Although it’s likely impossible to complete your remodel before the championship game this year, the playoff series is still perfect motivation for homeowners looking to change their space for next year. 

March is also a popular time to start your basement remodel project so that the project can be completed by the end of summer, making the space ready for those long winter months and fall football season.

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