Finding the right Calgary home for sale does not necessarily mean finding the perfect one. Many times you will find a home that you love but you want to change a few things about it. This is where finding the right contractor comes into play. Once you have found the home you really want and have it closed, your next step will be to find a contractor that you can trust to do the work for you.
Sometimes it is very difficult to find a contractor. The good ones usually seem to be booked up for months and the other ones are often fly-by-night companies where it is a hit and miss situation. If you do find a good contractor that will make himself available for you, you'll have found gold and will need to hold onto him. In the first stages, however, you're going to have to do a search to find the right one and test him out.
Never hire a Calgary contractor to do a big job until you have gotten to know his work, his attitude and his standards. The best thing you can do is find a few jobs around the house and hire different contractors to do them. This way, you'll be able to sort through the best and will have a couple of phone numbers on hand to help you with your newly-purchased home. Really, when it comes to contractors, it's best to have a couple to choose from in case the other ones are lined up on a big job for a few months.
You'll be surprised to see how many contractors will say that they will come and then never bother showing up when you call for an estimate. You may even call contractors that have taken the time to purchase an ad in a local paper. It will leave you scratching your head as to why these contractors don't show up when you are offering them business. At the very least, you'll be able to remove their names off of your contractor list right away without even having to give them a test.
When you have a few contractors show up give them each a small job and see how well they perform. Then, you can continue using them for small jobs around the house and see if they perform consistent work. This will give you the time to get to know them better and then ultimately add them to the list for larger projects to help with your new home.