At Solid Arc construction, we offer a wide range of services in the GTA. With over 15 years in the business, we’ve seen and worked on almost every type of project. Some of the many general contracting services we provide include:
Why Hire a General Contractor?
With the rise of DIY television shows, more people than ever want to do their own home renovations. It seems like a great way to save money, and the people on TV make it look easy. The problem, of course, is that they have professionals, multiple takes, and an endless budget. They also have decades of experience. Unless you have these same benefits, you should hire a general contractor.
A professional general contractor is worth their weight in gold. First, they’ll save you money. When the average homeowner budgets for their renovation project, they take an idealistic approach. They’ll assume that they can do the job right the first time, or they’ll forget that the price of many materials changes depending on the season.
When to Hire a General Contractor?
A general contractor can tell you if now is the right time to do a home renovation. Supply prices fluctuate, and you could save some money if you wait for a few months instead of doing the job now. They also will often have relationships with suppliers that give them discounts on materials.
Contractors can also see problems before they arise. Maybe you want to take out a wall to open up your living space. If you do it yourself, you might not realize that removing even a small section of a wall could damage the structural integrity of your home. Imagine trying to open up your living room only to end up with thousands of dollars in damage and a home that’s unlivable! Unfortunately, we have many clients that have found themselves in this situation. When it comes to home renovations, it’s better to call a contractor now instead of calling them after the fact.
On a less serious note, contractors can also improve your plans. We have years of experience dealing with homes like yours. Let’s say that you want to install a new shower and retile your bathroom. Whereas you might think that you can only afford a small project, we might be able to show you ways that you can get better results for the same amount of money. Professionals will always give you more for your money.
It’s important to note that your home is the greatest investment you’ll ever make. Renovations add value to your home as long as they are done correctly. Some renovations could actually sink the value of your home, causing you to lose money.
Is a Home Reno Worth it?
Let’s say that you decide to sell your home and retire one day. When the buyer hires an inspector to verify your property’s value, that DIY renovation could come back to bite you. A bathroom renovation could look great, but there could be a problem that you haven’t noticed. Maybe water leaks into the floor but hasn’t created enough of a problem yet for you to notice. The home inspector will, and your home won’t sell for as much as it should.
Not only did you pay to do the renovation yourself, but you’ve also lost money after the fact! As general contractors, we make sure that this never happens.
Is my Contractor Insured?
There are a few things you should look for when hiring a contractor. The most important thing to consider is licensing. An unlicensed contractor isn’t registered with the government and hasn’t proven their skills. Never trust a contractor that isn’t willing to show you their licensure.
You also want to make sure that your contractor’s insurance information is up to date. Insurance protects both the contractor and you. If an accident or mistake happens, the contractor’s insurance will step in and cover the damages so that you aren’t stuck paying the bill for shoddy work. Always ask for this information upfront.
You should look at the contractor’s website to see if they have information about some of their previous projects. You want to check for the quality of the work. Do their previous projects show a sense of pride? Have they done projects similar to the one you need? These are important questions to ask.
As with all services, reviews are a great way to measure a contractor’s work. While most people focus on whether a contractor did the job right, there are other things to look for and ask about. Did the contractor take the time to listen to the homeowner? Were they honest about what they could do?
It might seem counterintuitive, but the last thing you want is a contractor that says “yes” to everything. There are some things that are simply impossible. Not every project is possible, and sometimes a contractor might not be able to help every customer. Not only is this okay, but it’s actually a positive if they have the character to turn down money because they don’t feel as if they can give a customer the service that they want. Honesty and integrity are two of the most important attributes any contractor can have.
Talk to us about your home renovation today!
We’re only limited by your imagination. Anything that you can dream up, we can help become a reality. We’re so confident in our abilities that we post our reviews directly on our website for you to see! The best form of advertising is word of mouth. We know that the people of Toronto work hard for their money, and we want to make sure that they get the most for it.
If you need general contractor services in Toronto, contact us today and we’ll discuss your project with you. There isn’t a project too big or small for us. We treat every customer with the same level of care and respect. Let us help you turn your dreams into a reality.
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