Selecting a Local Contractor
When it comes to construction projects, hiring a contractor is an essential part of the process. While it may be tempting to hire a contractor from out of town, using a local contractor can offer a wide range of benefits. The following is a list of some of the key benefits of ‘going local’.
1. Knowledge of Local Building Codes
Building codes vary from province to province and even from town to town. A local contractor will have a thorough understanding of the local building codes and will be able to navigate the permitting process more efficiently. This can save you time and money, as they will know exactly what is required for your project and can avoid delays or fines that might result from a lack of knowledge.
2. Support Local Economy
By hiring a local contractor, you are supporting your local economy. Local contractors are likely to spend their money locally, which will boost the local economy. Additionally, by supporting local businesses, you help create jobs and build stronger communities.
3. Reputation and References
Local contractors are more likely to go the extra mile in order to maintain a good reputation in the community. You can ask around and get references from other customers who have used the contractor in the past. Local contractors can’t run and hide in another location if they develop a bad reputation. Out of town providers can play fast and loose because the stakes are lower when you they just leave town.
4. Easy to Communicate
Effective communication is essential for any construction project. When you hire a local contractor, you can easily communicate with them in person, by phone or email. This ensures that you can get regular updates on the project and ask any questions you may have. There are rarely 1-800 numbers to call, or automated answering services to navigate, you can typically talk to a human being right away who is in your community and understands what you are dealing with.
When planning your next home renovation or construction project, consider using a local contractor for the best possible experience.