Whether you're considering a custom new home build, a home addition or just a bathroom / kitchen renovation; hiring a good general contractor home builder can be one of the most important and stressful decisions you will make. In Victoria BC, we literally have hundreds of options to choose from and let's face it, you want the very best. So, how do you navigate through the unknown? At Villamar, we have taken a bit of our time to compose a list of questions and ideas that can get you started on the 'right foot' and hiring the best contractor for your needs.
This is probably the biggest question that you need an answer for. The majority of bad experiences has resulted in not getting the proper answer to this question. Perhaps you opted to not get it in writing or you paid a contractor, who then leaves you halfway through completing the project. Here are some points to consider.
Respect and Trust
These are two very important character traits in using a general contractor home builder for your renovation or new build, but how do you assess these key areas?
We rarely see construction companies mentioning this on their website, however at Villamar it is a key area to keep up to date. The very best general contractor home builders will practice safe policy procedures.
As you can see, there is a lot to consider in choosing the very best general contractor home builder in Victoria BC. These areas of focus will help in narrowing down your decision. At Villamar Construction, by practicing the above points, we strive to cultivate lasting positive relationship with our clients, crew, partners and greater community.
As the 'centre of your home', there are a lot of experts that would recommend 'the kitchen' as the smartest room to remodel to maximize the value of your home. In doing a kitchen renovation, it is important to do your homework, ask lots of question and find a contractor that can get the most out of your investment. Here are a few important points to keep in mind when beginning your kitchen renovation in Victoria BC.
Establish your Goal
Are you looking to refresh the look, add your own style, gain some additional square footage or perhaps making the space more user friendly? Maybe it's 'd', all of the above. Tailoring your goals into priorities can allow you to formulate a realistic kitchen renovation budget.
Check your home
In Victoria BC, there has been lots of new legislation around the dumping and handling of hazardous materials like; asbestos, mold and lead. You can no longer assume that you can just take your old drywall and other construction material to the dump. First, you must take a sample to a local lab and have it checked. Our team at Villamar is experienced in walking you through this process early, to ensure your renovation project is safe, on time and budget.
Budget with options
It's important to have your budget and agreement written up. This will give you a good idea on what the costs should be through the whole process. A good rule of thumb is to keep the existing kitchen appliances close to their original location, if you can. By staying with the original layout, this will save you from extra costs in moving plumbing, gas and electrical. You may also want to give yourself options in choosing fixtures and finishes; quality drawers and hinges will save you repair and replacement costs from the demands of everyday wear and tear.
Quality by Design
It's easy to get carried away by the look of a showroom or loading up with the latest and greatest kitchen gadgets. However, your new kitchen should reflect your lifestyle, be highly functional and it's important to make your investment in timeless design and quality craftsmanship.
The right General Contractor
Before choosing a contractor, be sure to meet with them in person. Additionally, take a look at the work they have done and review what their clients are saying. At Villamar, we have collected a lot of positive feedback from third-party review sites. We have received recognition from customers, our community and also the trades people we partner with. This is important to us at Villamar and we work hard to foster and grow these relationships.
We hope that this has given you some important points to think about and prepare for. Remember to ask lots of questions. The fact that you are taking the time to research your kitchen renovation online says that you're off to a great start. As well, if you have any additional question, feel free to drop us a line, give us a call or meet up in person.
What to expect in hiring a qualified custom home builder in Victoria BC? There are lots of contractors to choose from and each brings their own style and level of expertise. From every small detail, design and layout of; bathroom fixtures, the exterior finish, lighting and other material, you want to be able to customize your new home with the best possible appeal and value. Villamar Construction has quickly built a solid reputation for the quality and value of craftsmanship we deliver. Here's our custom home builder approach:
FIRST: Getting to Know Each Other:
We pride ourselves in the solid relationships we have with our clients. This first meeting is the time you begin to get to know what we stand for and where we can listen to what you value most in the construction of your new custom home build.
SECOND: Discuss the Construction Approach:
In our next meeting we will go over the budget and discuss the vision for the build. We can then determine which payment options would work best for your needs. Typically, we can arrange either a cost-plus, which adds a percentage mark-up charge on all services or a simple flat rate fee. At Villamar, we want to make sure that your comfortable from start to finish.
THIRD: The Construction:
This is when the excitement starts and the site has been excavated. During each step you will be kept up to date on a regular basis and as often as needed. We are here to answer questions and involve you in reviewing electrical, plumbing, fixtures, media controls, finishes and many other details.
LASTLY: Welcome Home!
This is why we do what we do. We hand over your keys to your new custom home. We do a final walk round and make a detailed list of any final details that need to be addressed. We will continue to be available even after the construction and it is our goal to be your 'go to' construction company into the future. Even if it means addressing items from the initial construction that need to be dealt with. At Villamar, our goal is to go above and beyond your expectations.
Important 4 Key Steps to Consider For Renovations In Victoria BC
We live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Our landscape is uniquely Victoria, from areas of rocky terrain, marshlands, and a breath taking coast line; all in a 20km radius. As a homeowner considering a renovation, it is important to protect your investment and at Villamar that is how we approach every build we undertake. Here are some key steps to help you begin the renovation process.
Step 1: Before you Start... Check your Home:
One of the areas that you may not consider in budgeting your renovation is checking for hazardous material like; asbestos, lead and mold. If undetected early on, this may increase your budget considerably.
Step 2: Choosing a General Contractor:
When interviewing and looking for a good contractor, it is important to consider these important points;
Step 4: Goal!
Whether your renovating your family home or an investment; consider what you want as a goal. Villamar believes your goal should be a general contractor who will stand by you and be there through the whole process. You want to get the most value out of your renovation.