5 Ways to Avoid Bad Contractors in Toronto

How to Avoid Bad Contractors in Toronto

You've likely heard horror stories from friends or neighbors where their initial excitement at building a new home or starting a remodel quickly changed to frustration when it seemed like everything was going wrong. Imagine expensive windows broken during installation, extensive property damage from heavy equipment, subcontractors weeks behind schedule, and a fireplace installed in the wrong room.

Sound Scary? You bet it does!

So what can you do to avoid these kinds of hiccups in during your building process? These five tips will help ensure you find the right contractor to fit your projects needs and ensure everything goes exactly the way you want.

1. Get a detailed outline of the entire project in writing.

If you ask for a detailed outline of the project and receive a hand list scribbled on a piece of notebook paper, you may want to rethink that particular contractor. At MGB Construction, we'll always provide a detailed scope of work which starts at the mobilization job phase and goes right through to the PDI. We walk with our clients through the entire process, making you feel comfortable and confident that you're getting what you need from the project.

2. Check Licensing and Insurance Information.

You don't want to find out that the damage caused by a truck backing into your garage wall won't be covered. Getting license and insurance info will show you're dealing with professionals who have everything in order. MGB Construction holds all necessary licenses for any project you've got your heart set on, and our insurance is far above the industry standard. You can rest assured that if your project runs into any snags, MGB has you covered. For more info on our licensing and insurance, feel free to contact us!

3. Ask for a list of references, then call them.

Nothing speaks to a contractor's reputation more than happy previous clients. If you find only negative reviews and exasperated customers, it's a pretty good sign you should keep looking. On the other hand, consistent positive reviews show that the contractor provides top notch service and will. MGB places a strong emphasis on building positive relationships with each client, a focus that is carried through from start to finish. We believe fostering these relationships is one of the most important parts of the entire process.

4. Talk about a payment schedule.

A good contractor will (almost) never ask for a 100% payment up front. Putting a down payment on a job is common in order to cover the costs of some materials, but if someone is asking for payment on the entire job ahead of time, be careful that you don't get caught in a difficult situation. This is usually a big red flag, and means you should look elsewhere for your contracting needs.

5. Be wary of lowest bidders.

Sure going with a lower price sounds good on paper, and there's nothing wrong with wanting to save. Unfortunately, cut costs usually equates to cut corners. Like anything in life, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Your home is one of the biggest investments you'll ever make, so make sure it's protected. Finding out that corners were cut on your home after it's too late isn't something you want to experience.

Finding a contractor doesn't have to be an exercise in frustration. Following these steps will set you on the right path for a great contracting experience, and will help with making your build or remodel a success. For more info on contracting for new construction and remodels, check out our website for project galleries, services, and more.