A CBC story broke out of Calgary this morning where a contractor whom was hired to complete renovations on a couple’s home took 80K and fled. (Read story here) As of now, the story had over 350 comments making it a hot topic indeed. And why? Because we all know or have been ourselves scammed by a contractor. Which bring us to the point of our blog post.
Our service matters because we know who’s who in the stucco industry. And by that we mean we know who’s reliable, of course, who’s not. We can proudly say that in our 10+ years of service and the countless homes we have worked on, ALL WERE COMPLETED to our customer’s expectations and more. We have NEVER taken money and run, NEVER walked away on an incomplete job and NEVER left until our customers were happy.
But if you’re still not convinced that our service (which is FREE might I add) is right for you, then we at least want to help you hire the right company.
1. GET INDUSTRY REFERRALS.
This is the first place to start whenever hiring a contractor. Looking for a tile guy? Go to a tile store and ask for a list of their best contractors. Looking for a plumber? Then ask your local plumbing shop for their best. Why does this work? Simple. Because they’re around contractors all day. They supply them with material for all their projects, it only makes sense to know who the cream of the crop are.
Why our service matters? We’re a network of stucco manufacturers, moulding fabricators, consultants and inspectors. Our future depends on the work being done in the present. We ensure the right people get the job.
TIP: Searching for a contractor on Google or other services like Yellow Pages isn’t the best option. At the end of day, just because a company has a flashy website that looks professional doesn’t always guarantee you’re in good hands.
2. DON’T JUST GET REFERRALS, CALL THEM.
The oldest trick in the book for a contractor is to supply a prospective customer with a list of completed jobs… even though they haven’t done them. And don’t be fooled by photos of their work either. Anyone with a camera can take a photo and present it like it’s their own. That’s why we recommend calling their referrals and speaking to them directly. This is due diligence at it’s finest.
Why our service matters? We have a long list of past customers who are more than happy to vouch for us and the work we’ve done. One thing we have learned after all of our years in business is people love to share a good story, especially when it comes to the work done on their home.
TIP: When you call someone on a referral list, ask a number of things like how payment was handled, how the work was done, cleanliness and job condition after completion. You’ll get a better handle on whether the company you are looking at hiring is right for you.
3. HIRE SPECIALISTS. NOT GENERALS.
Would you hire a tile guy to do your electrical work or vice versa? Just because someone claims to know how to do something, doesn’t mean they know how to do it right. So when you’re looking for a specific line of work to be completed, hire a specialist. You’re in safer hands and you can rest easily knowing they’ll do the right thing when an unusual situation, whether it’d be technical or aesthetic presents itself. And believe us, they do come up, nothing is perfect.
Why our service matters? All of our stucco contractors are stucco contractors and stucco contractors only. They have been in business for 10+ years and seen a wide array of situations and know how to deal with any on-site complications. Afterall, they are specialists.
4. AND ONCE YOU’VE HIRED, GET IT IN WRITING.
There was a time when a handshakes was the best contract in the world. And while some still operate on that notion, they’re too few and far between. Your best option is to get it in writing. That way you know what you’re getting and what you’re not. And if have questions, ASK! If a contractor is on the level, they’ll have no problem explaining the various sections in their scope of work.
Why our service matters? Our customers are not only equipped with materials and tools, they’re also equipped with knowledge. And they have no problem putting it in black and white text for you to see and understand.
The bottom line? Don’t get caught hiring the wrong stucco contractor. In the end, it will cost you more money and more headaches. Our FREE service ensures the right people get the job.
To find a reliable and reputable stucco contractor in North York, Toronto, Moncton or anywhere else in Canada, please fill out the form below and we’ll get in touch with you within 24 hours.