The single most important part of the process of renovation or construction is choosing the right contractor for you. So the big question is: how do you find the right contractor? A good source of referrals is your social network of family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. After you’ve chosen some potential contractors, you should get to know their work, their process, and their ability to manage the project in a timely and professional manner. You won’t offend reputable firms with questions, so don’t be afraid to ask. A few key questions include: Will you provide a written contract? Will you secure all required permits (e.g., building, plumbing, electrical)? Do you carry workers’ compensation and liability insurance? What kind of warranty do you offer and what does it cover? What work schedule will you follow? When and how will you clean up the job site?

Above all, it is very important that you feel comfortable and get along with your contractor, as you’ll need to have a close working relationship with them in order to get the best possible results in your project.

Step 1 – Design

An important question that people ask when considering a renovation is: should I hire an architect or a designer? There isn’t a yes or no answer to this question; it really depends on your comfort level for making important design decisions. Crossford can recommend talented architects or designers to help you through the preliminary design stages, and draftspeople to transform the design to working-drawings stage, while making sure all the necessary building permits are in place.

Step 2 – Budgeting

You can get a preliminary estimate on your project that should give you a ballpark idea of the overall cost, but in order to get an accurate proposal, you’ll need to have working drawings. Crossford can provide practical advice on the feasibility of the design, and ways to perhaps reduce expenditure through minor changes that can make a major impact. You will receive a detailed breakdown of costs, from labour to materials to management fees. We have a transparent approach to estimating that clearly shows all costs in a line by line budget document.

Step 3 – Scheduling

When embarking on any construction project, it is important that you ascertain the start date, and more importantly the end date. At Crossford we understand that we are impacting significantly on people’s lives, so we don’t take scheduling lightly. We make every effort to accommodate the personal schedules of our clients, and strive to work our construction process around that.

Step 4 – Construction

The construction process can be disconcerting for people who have never witnessed it before. Some clients can find it emotional as they witness their home being destroyed by strangers, as it is being prepared for new construction. But the rewards are worth it. When you hire a reputable contractor, you can rest assured that every building code is observed, and every required permit is obtained. The construction is inspected by city officials at specific intervals to insure the work is carried out to the highest standard. The jobsite is kept clean and safe, and the crew will be courteous and accommodating. Crossford – a registered Renomark™ Contractor – offers a 2 year warranty on all construction, and you can feel confident that any issues will be dealt with in a timely fashion.

At the end of your project, there is really just one thing left to do – enjoy it!