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Thinking About Hiring a Home Contractor in Colorado Springs for Renovation/Remodeling Projects?

When you have a residential site that needs to be remodeled a home renovation contractor in Colorado Springs is the building professional you would contact. A home renovation contractor may do all of the remodeling themselves or they may subcontract different areas of the remodeling job to other contractors. In this job they could for a general contracting company, be self employed, work for a remodeling specialist company or a home building company. Working as a home renovation contractor offers a person may different job opportunities. These types of residential remodeling projects are as different as the ones who hire the contractor to do the remodeling.

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The homeowner may need to hire a home renovation contractor in Colorado Springs for a simple job like painting a bathroom or doing a closet expansion or it could be an entire home remodeling project. Some renovation contractors specialize in incorporating a specific style into the home’s decor or remodeling certain rooms. This is why they sometimes sub-contract work out to other contractors. That particular part of remodeling is not in their field of expertise.

Depending on the project, the renovation contractor may rope off the area of remodeling for safety and health reasons. If there is just one room being remodeled this is usually not necessary but if it is an entire house remodeling project the homeowner and their family will move to another location during the remodeling.

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What is the most important question to ask before hiring a contractor for your basement finishing project?

Believe it or not, the most important question might also be the least asked: Do you carry Worker's Compensation Insurance?

Why on earth would that be the most important question?

If you hire a contractor to work in your home, you could be legally liable to pay for medical bills and time off work if he gets hurt. It doesn't matter if he is licensed, unlicensed, a sole proprietor, an officer of a corporation, a bum off the street, or a millionaire - YOU are "the boss."

Regardless of who your basement finishing contractor is, if you pay someone to work in your home then you are an "employer" under workers' compensation law.

If he tries to convince you it's not important, summarily dismiss him without further question!

If your basement finishing contractor carries worker's compensation insurance coverage, it acts as an umbrella for every other contractor who comes to your home to perform work, whether an employer OR a subcontractor. This umbrella shields you from potential liability!

Don't make the costly mistake of hiring a contractor without coverage. Ask the most important question!

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General Contractor

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So you've spent months, or even years, carefully wishing, planning, budgeting, measuring, drawing, and even bidding your basement finishing project and you're almost ready to get down to business. One factor in your basement finishing you may not have considered yet is: "should my contractor be licensed?"

This may not be such an easy question. Some states require licensing; other states without these requirements have counties and/or cities that require licensing, other places simply have no licensing requirements at all.

You may live in an area like ours, where it is perfectly legal for an unlicensed contractor to pull a permit for your basement finishing project. On the flip side, your area may require licensing, but you will find any number of contractors who are unwilling or unable to comply.

Last, complying with local ordinance is one of many indicators you should look for that your basement finishing contractor is a trustworthy individual that you want in your home.

Hiring a licensed basement finishing contractor doesn't have to cost extra -- and the benefits are plain to see. Before starting your project, make sure your contractor has a current license. It's a choice you won't regret.

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One basement contractor in 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.

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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 Colorado Springs?

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As someone who works in the basement remodeling industry, I suppose it stands to reason that I love being active. More specifically, I love the great outdoors. Give me a canteen and a sunny weekend, and I'm halfway up a mountain before you can say "staycation". There's just nothing that can compare to fresh air, a roaring river, and a warm summer breeze.

Believe it or not, my time as an outdoorsman has taught me many lessons about basement remodeling -- lessons I'd like to share with you.

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Less is more. If you pile on too much, it's going to become a burden. Any good woodsman knows it, and it applies to remodeled basements as well.

Right now, you're probably using your basement for storage. And you're probably using that space poorly. However, "stuff" is "stuff", and your stored items and utilities are going to take up space no matter how well organized it is.

So what to do? Finish only part of your basement. Create an unfinished section for your utilities and storage, and organize your stuff better. Add on some shelves and cabinets, and you'll be amazed at the space you have.

How is a basement like a cave? They're dark, they're underground, and they're not very popular as vacation spots.

More importantly: How can your basement be unlike a cave? With lighting.

Normally, a basement is much darker than the rest of the house. However, this can be changed by making great use of lighting. Replace those old, rusted windows, and add in window wells that are designed to maximize your sunlight supply. Install energy-efficient fluorescent lighting and halogen task lighting generously in your ceiling. Litter your shelves and surfaces with accent lighting. Let the light shine in!

Bring a Pro Along

Getting lost in the woods in one thing, but when it comes to planning a basement remodel, it's a jungle out there! There's countless options you can take and limitless possibilities. Whatever you choose you're going to have to live with for a long, long time.

Home Renovation Contractors

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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!

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