The good renovation contractor
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A good renovation contractor is one you can trust
Choosing a good renovation contractor entails consideration of several factors, but boils down to one issue: trust. You may find a residential or commercial remodelling service that promises the Earth – cheapest estimate, fastest workers, lots of experience, etc – but if they turn out to be less than 100% reliable, you’ll regret the day you fell for their sales patter.
Your home is your sanctuary, a refuge from the stresses of everyday life, and it’s human nature to be wary of anyone invading your personal space. You don’t generally welcome strangers into your house, but that’s what you’re doing when you get the builders in. This is why trust is a crucial question: you’ll be on edge throughout your renovation project unless you have full confidence in your contractors.
For this reason alone, it’s a good idea to have face-to-face meetings when looking for your ideal renovation contractor. Phone calls and email messages are all very well but a one-to-one interview can be invaluable in enabling you to get an accurate indication of how well you’ll be able to communicate with your contractor during the remodelling project. This is a vital concern when this person and his workforce will be in your home for hours at a time, probably over several days or possibly a matter of weeks, depending on the scale of the job.
While meeting in person is a good way to get an overall feel about whether you and your potential contractor are a good fit, you need to carry out some research before you arrive at this point.
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The process of choosing a responsible, good renovation and remodelling contractor in Singapore
The first step in choosing a good renovation contractor is getting recommendations. You may have family or friends who’ve had similar jobs carried out in their homes or business premises; ask them how it went and whether they’re satisfied with the work. You can also get an indication of a contractor’s credibility from renovation contractor recommendations and reviews.
Once you’ve put together a list of prospects, the next stage is a quick phone call to each of them, which should be able to establish:
- Whether they take on projects similar in nature and size to yours.
- How many other projects would they be likely to have on the go at the same time as yours?
- Can they provide you with a list of previous clients?
- Can they provide financial references?
The responses to these queries will give you an indication of the company’s reliability and availability, and how smoothly your project will go.
Once you’ve come up with a short-list of remodelling companies with a proven track record, it’s time to ask for bids. Request a breakdown of the costs of materials, labour, and other expenses. If an estimate looks too good to be true, it probably is. An unrealistically low bid may mean the contractor could be cutting corners on your project. So, don’t be guided on price alone; quality of materials and workmanship should be a higher priority.
Another important factor is how well you and your contractor communicate (hence the face-to-face meeting).
If you’re among the 80% of Singaporeans who live in Housing & Development Board (HDB) apartments, a lot of the legwork has been done for you when you’re looking to find a good renovation contractor. Only an HDB registered renovation contractor is allowed to carry out remodelling works in HDB flats, and the Government-stipulated criteria embrace a broad range of requirements aimed at safeguarding your property.
Benefits of hiring a professional renovation company
Now you’ve taken the time to select the right renovation firm for your specific needs, it’s time to let your remodelling contractor get on with it, while you relax safe in the knowledge of getting a quality job at a reasonable price, carried out by craftspeople who will treat your property with the respect it deserves.
Hiring a good, professional renovation contractor takes the uncertainty out of the revamp of a home or business establishment. While you may be tempted to adopt a DIY approach, an experienced remodelling company will save you a lot of time and hassle, and they won’t make the sort of costly mistakes that amateurs inflict on themselves. A good renovation contractor brings the high level of experience and expertise to your project.
A good renovation contractor expects the unexpected. A host of problems could be lurking out of sight in your property – behind the walls and beneath your flooring – and a professional contractor knows how to deal with them as a matter of course.
A do-it-yourself renovation job, particularly on a large scale, has the potential to do more harm than good, and the possibility of structural damage is something you want to avoid at all costs. Hiring a good renovation contractor with an in-depth knowledge of constructional design systems is the only way to guarantee a disaster-free remodelling project.
Professional contractors can further put you mind at ease by explaining how a renovation warranty can safeguard the interests of clients.
A good renovation contractor will also be able to handle all the necessary paperwork when it comes to issues such as building codes and health and safety regulations.
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Why choose Kepha Design and Contracts
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Kepha Design and Contracts in Singapore firmly believes the old saying “Home is where the heart is”. You want the place you love to be an inviting space to provide a haven of calm and relaxation at the end of a busy day.
With our reputation for reliability and our wealth of expertise and experience in home renovations, we can help you to achieve this goal. In doing so, our professional contractors will treat your home as if it were their own, with utmost respect.
We’d be delighted to speak with you to discuss your specific renovation requirements. Whatever your remodelling project, residential or commercial, Kepha’s focus on total commitment to customer satisfaction will guarantee we go beyond your expectations. After all, that’s what a good renovation contractor does.
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