One basement contractor in U.S. Air Force Academy is not the same as another. Make sure that you protect yourself from scams and potential problems by finding a basement contractor with an excellent reputation and quality products.
Reliable Basement Contractors
The best way to find out about great basement finishing and waterproofing contractors in your area is to ask your family, neighbors and coworkers. You’re likely to be surprised by how many have had work done! Gather the names of as many honest basement specialists in the area that you can find.
Once you’ve developed a list, look into their professional reputation. Most importantly, make sure that they have an established business, as 50% of contractors will fail within the first five years. An established company will be there if you need them. Be sure to also check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure they have a reputation of satisfied customers. A good home renovation contractor will also happily provide you with references from recent jobs- follow up your research by calling them.
The Right Contractor for You
If you prepare yourself properly, a basement contractor can help you with your basement finishing and waterproofing that will add a great deal of value and usable space to your home. But if you decide to go ahead, make sure that you’ve covered all bases and done your research.
What are the Best Tips for Hiring a Reputable Home Remodeling Contractor or a Basement Finishing Contractor in U.S. Air Force Academy?
Putting on an addition to the house is one way of adding square footage, but finishing a basement is another, and often more cost effective way to add value to your home. It is much easier to transform a basement into the required square footage that you need than it is to add an entire new room or story to your home.
Consider Your Air Quality in Your Basement Remodel
Air quality is a major concern when it comes to basement remodeling, and all basement remodeling contractors will look at this issue before they provide you with a quote. The basement is traditionally known as the dampest and most moist area of the home, and this dampness and moistness contributes to poor air quality. Before you begin your basement remodel, look to see if any of these moisture issues are present in your home. If you have cracks in your walls, these will contribute to moisture issues. You can get basement moisture sealants at any home renovation store if your moisture problems are small. If you find that you have cracks that seem unmanageable to you, you may want to consult a home inspector that specializes in this problem to correct them before the remodel begins.
Air circulation is important in any home, and when basements are not used, the circulation issues may go unnoticed. But basement remodeling contractors will tell you that they will need to ensure that air circulation is functioning properly in your basement. This may mean the addition of registers or vents in your basement. Basement remodeling contractors are skilled in this area and will be able to add air circulation openings where it is necessary.
Basement Finishing and Remodeling: Layout, Windows, Lighting, and Colors
Profile: We had the opportunity to talk about finishing a basement with Bobby Assadourian, President and CEO of Triple R Inc. Located in Hamilton, Ontario, Triple R has been serving customers throughout the Golden Horseshoe for six years. The company covers a wide range of renovation, rebuilding and repair services. One common job type is basement remodeling - Triple R can often be found finishing a basement in a new home, or enhancing an existing finished basement that needs work.
Other services include general repair and maintenance - both indoor and outdoor; renovations - bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and more; masonry; complete plumbing and electrical; landscaping; framing, drywall; painting; ceramics and flooring; heating and cooling; doors and windows; siding; and roofing.
Q: Let's talk about basements. Finishing a basement is a concern for many homeowners. What advice can you offer to get them started?
A: First, make sure your basement is dry.
If your home is new, wait two to three years to let the home settle and for all the materials in the basement to interact with each other. Be aware that some basement waterproofing may be necessary.
If it's an older home, make sure there are no moisture issues in the basement before you start anything!
Don't trust that basement moisture is temporary or may "go away," or that nice drywall and paint will "cover it up" - it doesn't work that way.
Every dollar you spend on your basement remodeling will be wasted if you don't address the moisture issues first. I'm always totally honest with homeowners: if they're better off to wait, I'll tell them upfront.
Bear in mind the Tarion warranty (see Tarion for the exact specifics regarding time limitations, etc.). During the two-to-three year period, you're covered for defects in the foundation - but you need to be able to see the problems! You have to see the whole basement floor and the walls. There can be no dream basement until this period is over!
The documents from Tarion often sit on refrigerators collecting dust, and that's very dangerous. You have to put off the sports bar, the home theatre and the sound system in the basement until you can be certain the foundation is sound. This might not be what you want to hear about your dream basement remodeling, but if you don't allow adequate time you're going to be throwing your money away (this all pertains to new construction).
Homeowners have to consider the time they spend looking for a basement contractor, or any contractor, as a dating period! "Date" your contractor for an appropriate amount of time, because you're entering into a relationship with that contractor. You need to evaluate them personally, not just professionally!
Q: Why did you join our contractor network?
A: It's an association that's doing good on a large scale and bringing quality people together. Since I started with them, nothing but good has come my way. These people run the company so efficiently and with so much discipline, and they contribute to so many good causes in addition to their regular work (such as the March of Dimes).
Q: We hope homeowners use our service to find a reputable local contractor...but if they don't, what criteria should they use to determine who's the right choice for finishing a basement?
A: I firmly believe that there are three or four valid ways that you can research a contractor and make very sure he's legitimate. When renovations go wrong, the contractor bears responsibility - but, to be honest, the homeowner usually does too! The bottom line is that a basement renovation or any other type of work demands that you thoroughly research both your project and your contractor, and maintain good communication. If you do that you'll almost certainly have a positive experience.
1) never hire a contractor without a city license (*note - where applicable).
2) call in to WSIB and make sure your contractor has proper workplace insurance.
3) call their commercial insurer.
4) call references and visit the jobs in person.
Remember that nobody else can do this for you (unless you're using a service such as ours). It is your responsibility and you must take it seriously!