One basement contractor in West Colorado Springs 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 West Colorado Springs?
Probably one of the most asked questions by homeowners who have just purchased a new home with a basement is how to finish their basement. Most new homeowners become very overzealous to this fact that they want to take on a do-it-yourself job and the easiest way to go about that is to start in a place that is not as visible to everyone or a very high-traffic area. The basement becomes a natural choice and the homeowner will get very excited with the idea of a finished basement. Soon they will rush out and start gathering all the supplies needed to do the job and not take into account some very basic factors to ensure a properly finished basement with just the right look and feel.
Typically the first thing a new homeowner with a new basement would assume is that it is a new home and doesn't have any problems or leaks as it was just built. While that is probably true that there are no leaks at this time, what is not being factored into the equation here is that for the most part the house has not had the proper time to really settle and concrete is a very wet material. There is no substitute for time and it takes concrete quite a while to dry out from the mixture that laid the foundation. Yes the concrete is strong enough to build the house on but there is still a lot of moisture trapped within the concrete itself. There is nothing that you can do to speed up that process of concrete drying due to it's very porous nature and that it just holds water. Give the slab some time to acclimate and wait six months to a year before you attempt to finish the basement or install basement flooring. After that time has passed check it and see if the concrete is still holding moisture or not. There are plenty of simple and cheap tests that can be run to accomplish a moisture test.
Be sure to also check with your local building codes as well as there may be some things that are inappropriate to use while finishing a basement. As an example, if you are going to install a door and are putting together a bottom sill, it may be inappropriate to utilize pressure treated lumber instead of standard lumber to do the job as long as there is a sill gasket in place. The sill gasket will separate the wood from the concrete where moisture will typically accumulate. You might also be required to use certain gauge dry wall screws when applying the wall to the studs. You never know and every local code is different so it's best to check with them first to make sure all your ducks are in a row. Often times so much of this information is contradictory and in abundance, so to avoid the confusion check with your local building code first and then come back to research more on how to finish a basement.
Basement Finishing - Comfort Should Be Standard!
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!