Can I get referrals?
Now the fun begins! It’s time to talk to an architect or contractor. Bring your design, budget, and scheduling outlines—and ask to see examples of work. “Referrals you get from friends are best,” says Howard Wiggins, interior designer and author of What Were You Thinking? He suggests getting photos of completed projects and discussing in detail the finishes. “Make sure you talk about the quality of windows, doors, trim, woodwork, etc.” he says. Get five bids to compare style and price. Wiggins advises against booking the lowest estimate; you’re likely to spend more in the end. Whomever you hire, make sure they are bonded and insured in accordance with your province and municipal requirements. Also consider a quick search on any liens or lawsuits.
Make sure to check out 13 Helpful Hints from Canadian Contractors.