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Should You Hire A Contractor?

Many Calgary homeowners weigh their options before beginning a home project, often considering it’s size and scope, their budget and their own technical abilities.

However, there’s one other thing to consider, your time.


Hiring a professional will allow you to spend time doing other things on your to do list.

  1. Do you have the skills and tools to do the work well? If you don’t have the tools or the technical and mechanical aptitude, it’s best to leave your project to the pros.

  2. Do you have the time to work on it? If you work full-time, you may only have time to do the work at night and on weekends. Working on the project sporadically will increase the amount of time the entire project will take. While time may not be an issue for smaller projects, the longer it takes to finish large projects, the more of an inconvenience they may become.

  3. How extensive is the project? Major projects, particularly those that alter the footprint of the room or until working with electricity or plumbing, should be handled by a professional.

  4. What is the risk involved? Extensive projects often carry bigger risks. For example, if your bathroom renovation involves major plumbing tasks, you may increase the risk of severe water damage if the pieces aren’t properly tightened and installed. Similarly, if your project requires installing electrical wiring, you may increase the risk of fire if it’s not installed correctly. An experienced professional is able to mitigate the risk and ensure everything conforms with the current building codes. 

  5. Does the project require a permit? Depending on where you live, if a project requires a permit, you may have to hire a professional to complete the work. Contact your local building inspector to learn more about the regulations and permits that may apply to your project.


If you’d like to hire a pro for your next renovation project, big or small, give me a call and I’ll connect you with a reputable professionals in my network.

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