Contractor Q&A: Questions To Ask Your Contractor Before Signing
Renovating your bathroom or kitchen can be a daunting task, but finding the right contractor can make all the difference. As a licensed general contractor in Montreal who specializes in bathroom and kitchen renovations, I've met with countless clients to discuss their home improvement projects.
In my experience, I've found that asking the right questions during the first meeting can help you determine if a contractor is a good fit for your needs. Here are some valuable tips and tricks on the questions you should ask your contractor when you first meet them.
"Are you licensed to carry out this type of work?"
It's important to work with a contractor who is licensed by the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ). The RBQ ensures that contractors have met the necessary qualifications and standards to work in the construction industry in Quebec. Ask your contractor if they are licensed by the RBQ and verify their license number with the RBQ website.
In addition, licensed contractors are required to carry a license bond, which provides financial protection for clients in case the contractor fails to complete the work or violates the terms of the contract. Be sure to ask your contractor about their license bond. Working with a licensed contractor who carries a license bond can provide added peace of mind throughout the renovation process.
"What's your experience with bathroom/kitchen renovations?"
It's important to work with a contractor who has experience in your specific type of renovation project. While many general contractors can do a variety of home improvement projects, it's important to find someone who specializes in bathroom or kitchen renovations. Be sure to ask the contractor about their experience with similar projects and ask to see examples of their previous work.
"What is your process for managing the project timeline and budget?"
Renovations can quickly become expensive and time-consuming if not managed properly. It's important to ask your contractor how they plan to manage the project timeline and budget. A reputable contractor will have a detailed process for managing timelines and budgets and will keep you updated on progress throughout the project.
"What type of insurance do you carry?"
Working with a contractor who carries the appropriate insurance can provide peace of mind in case of any accidents or damages during the renovation process. Be sure to ask your contractor what type of insurance they carry, including general liability insurance and workers' compensation insurance.
"Who will be on-site during the renovation?"
It's important to know who will be on-site during the renovation and who will be responsible for overseeing the project. Ask your contractor if they will be on-site regularly and who will be responsible for communicating with you throughout the project.
"What is your payment schedule?"
Be sure to ask your contractor about their payment schedule and when payments will be due. A reputable contractor will have a fair and reasonable payment schedule that is outlined in your contract.
You're Right To Hesitate, and You're Not Alone
One client I worked with had a bad experience with a previous contractor who didn't communicate well, ran over budget and then quit before the work was complete. She was understandably hesitant to start a new renovation project, but we were able to put her mind at ease by providing references and being transparent about our process for managing the project timeline and budget.
Another client was initially skeptical about the quality of our work after using a contractor who had stock photography of other people's work on their website (red flag!). We showed her examples of previous bathroom renovations we had completed. Seeing the quality of our work firsthand helped her feel confident in our ability to complete her renovation project.
In conclusion, finding the right contractor for your bathroom or kitchen renovation is key to a successful project. By asking the right questions during the first meeting, you can determine if a contractor is a good fit for your needs. Be sure to ask about their experience, references, process for managing timelines and budgets, insurance, on-site presence, and payment schedule. Remember, a reputable contractor will be happy to answer these questions and provide the information you need to make an informed decision.
Montreal Contractors is a qualified company, holding an active bonded license as a General Contractor and Specialized Contractor with the Régie du Bâtiment du Québec (RBQ License: 5767-5480-01), ASP Health & Safety Certification and a $2M liability policy. Our employees have all passed background checks, are registered with CNESST and have their ASP Health and Safety certification.