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Find The Best Contractors in Saskatoon with a Detailed Project Description

Do you want the best home professionals in Saskatoon submitting bids for your project? When planning a major renovation project whether it’s revamping your kitchen or remodeling your bathroom, you will want to consult with multiple contractors. The general rule of thumb is to get 2-4 quotes for your project to ensure you’re well educated on the process, the price, the schedule and what it’s all going to look like when it’s all said and done. To ensure you get multiple bids from the best contractors that match the work you want completed in your home, you will have to make sure you write a detailed description of your project. Make it a priority. Do your homework as the more prepared you are, the better for everyone. Know what you want and provide as much detail as possible.

Now before you go any further, determine the type of contractor you’re looking for. Are you wanting to hire a general contractor that manages their own trades or are you wanting to project manage the job yourself and hire out each individual trade required? A lot of people would like to take on the project themselves but for those bigger jobs, hire a general contractor and do it right the first time. If you consider yourself a DIY homeowner, maybe you can get away with hiring out the electrician and plumber while taking care of the flooring and the vanity or cabinetry. Figure out what is best for you and plan around that.

Once you’re sure that the right pro will be receiving your request, it’s time to write the project description that you can then enter into the details when posting your job for free to the Kijenga matchmaking service. If you want to spark the interest of the best contractors to then respond to you to discuss your project, remember that the more detail you provide, the more likely they are to understand what you need and determine if it’s a good project for them to potentially take on. As much as contractors try to sell themselves to get projects, as a homeowner, you have to make sure your project is attractive. The more you look like a qualified homeowner, the better chance you have of getting multiple opportunities to connect with the best of the best home professionals.

Here is a guideline to follow.

Properly introduce yourself

When you provide your name and contact info in the online submission form, make sure it’s accurate. The contractor will automatically relate to you as a real person who is making a legitimate request.

Inform the professional about your goals

Accurately explain to the professional what your desired end result is with your project. Provide them with photos and drawings of what you hope the project will look like. There are a number of great resources both online and offline to help you build out what you’re looking to do in your home. Don’t be afraid to attach photos of that drawing you did on your own either. Yeah you may not be the best artist but everything helps! By preparing the contractor with a description and images of your expected outcome, they can more accurately tell you how much and how long it will take to achieve.

Provide as much detail as possible

This is where your honesty pays off. Be upfront with the contractor about the state of the space they are remodeling or renovating. Don’t say you need a couple quick fixes when in reality, you need the entire room gutted and built out again. Include everything in your description that you know the contractor should be aware of when looking at your project.

Know your budget range

For homeowners, it’s the scariest question in the world. What’s your budget? Don’t look at it as this big daunting question. With Kijenga, you’re dealing with professionals who know their stuff and aren’t in this to screw you over. Be honest and give your contractors a price in which you want to use as a benchmark for your project. It’s vital to the success of your job. Give it some serious thought and have a range and a ceiling you can share openly with these contractors. Don’t say your budget it $50k when it’s actually $30k and make sure you manage your expectations. Materials and labour aren’t cheap and the higher end you go, the more it’s going to cost. With renovations, you never know what’s behind those walls so make sure you give yourself some cushion as you will likely spend more than you think.

State your availability

Let the professionals know what your timeline is for this project of yours. Just because you are inquiring about quotes now doesn’t mean that you expect the project to get started on right away. One of the reasons you may be asking for a quote is because you need time to save up or you may need to take out a loan. On the other hand, if you need to get started right away, make sure your description shows that. If you have to meet a deadline, please ensure that’s included. Lastly, manage your expectations. Things don’t happen overnight. Big renovation projects take time and the contractor you want to hire may not be able to start for a few weeks. Not only that but that tile you want is coming from Italy and it’s going to take 12 weeks to get in. There are a lot of times when material is the hold up on a lot of projects.

In closing, it’s crucial not to be vague in your description. Provide measurements, a realistic timeline, your contact details, and best times to reach you. At Kijenga, we connect you with reputable home pros in Saskatoon. All you need to do is provide us with the details of your project, and we will match you with certified and verified home professionals in your area. It’s free and it’s super easy. Give it a go and post your project today!

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Steps to Ensure You Have a Stress-Free Kitchen Remodel

Let’s face it, your kitchen is one of the most used and loved rooms in your entire home and it makes perfect sense that you would want to invest in making it beautiful and functional. Many homeowners in Saskatoon dream about remodeling their kitchen one day and fantasizing all of the cool features they would want in their ultimate kitchen.

However, many homeowners hesitate to get started because they think of it as a huge project that requires a lot of preparation and planning. While all this is true, many find that all the time and effort is well worth it once they have a gorgeous new kitchen to enjoy.

Here is a guide of the steps you need to take towards ensuring your kitchen remodel is stress-free.

 

The Right Contractor

This is where Kijenga can play a key role in your kitchen renovation project. 89% of homeowners in Saskatoon are frustrated with the process of finding and hiring contractors. We make it easy as pie with our online matchmaking service for Saskatoon and surrounding areas. Simply post your project. Our project coordinator will contact you to finalize some details before matching you with certified and reputable contractors that specialize in kitchen renovations. We make sure all our contractors have liability insurance, WCB, a valid business license, GST number and references. We do the homework for you. Once we connect you to our verified pros, they provide quotes on your project and voila. We help you from posting your project details to making the hire and it’s all done from the comfort of your own home. Simply post your project for free and let’s get things started on the right foot.

 

The Perfect Design

Maybe you’ve put a lot of thought into the design of your kitchen; maybe you haven’t. If you haven’t, an experienced contractor will also be able to help you discover your desired aesthetic as well as make recommendations based on your kitchen’s existing shape, space, and potential. Let us help you. Check out this awesome offer from Krawchuk Construction in Saskatoon. It includes a 2 hour in-home consultation with an experienced and professional contractor to discuss your project. Together you will customize a plan with a detailed project budget and report tailored for your bathroom renovation. You will receive professional 2D and 3D drawings and blueprints to give you a visual representation of your project. It’s truly the best place to start when planning your kitchen remodel.

 

A Prepared Budget

If you have, in fact, put a lot of thought into your kitchen remodel design, you should have a budget prepared. Your contractor will tell you if your desired specifications will work with the amount of money you are willing to spend. Remember that materials and appliances are significant factors in determining the overall costs of your kitchen remodel.

If you need help planning out your kitchen renovation, it’s best to consult with an expert. As mentioned above, we have a great starter package on our online marketplace. Check it out. 

 

Detailed Estimates

It is recommended that you request quotes from at least 3 contractors when planning your kitchen remodel. Recognize that whoever bids the lowest price doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best company for the job. They might be but do your due diligence. They may be cutting corners or using low-quality materials. This is why you should always ask for a detailed estimate that breaks down all the costs from materials to labour. The estimate should also include the payment schedule and project timeline. Although at Kijenga we certify and verify all our contractor members, it’s best to figure out which contractor is best for you and your project. Once we connect you with these kitchen renovation contractors in Saskatoon, make sure you ask the right questions and leave enough time for them to come by and provide a detailed estimate on the project.

In your first meeting with each contractor, don’t be hesitant to ask for their expected payment schedule and process, how long they have worked with their subcontractors, and a predicted timeline for the project.

 

The Written Contract

Once you have accepted a contractor’s bid for your kitchen remodel project, a written contract should be signed by both parties, and it should clearly state the following:

  • Project description
  • Details of materials used including costs and warranty
  • Permit information
  • Workmanship warranty
  • Lien waiver for subcontractors
  • Payment schedule
  • Contractor’s license number
  • Both of your addresses

Get it in writing!

Before your project starts, remember to prepare the site by moving aside all of the things you’ll need while the construction is ongoing. Plates, kitchen utensils, and other items you use frequently should be moved to another area. Consider transferring your microwave too so you and your family can still use it while the remodeling crew does work in your kitchen.

While a kitchen remodel is considered a major project, it doesn’t have to be a stressful one. If you find a contractor that you can trust, you’ll find the process enjoyable as you witness your kitchen transform as the work progresses.

 

 

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Guide to Keeping Your Plumbing Project on Schedule

Over time, the pipes in your house will gradually corrode, rust, and decay. Your plumbing will eventually get leaks and could potentially cause a flood of water or worse, raw sewage that will cause thousands of dollars in damage to your beautiful home.

There are small plumbing fixes that can be completed in a day or two. However, complex plumbing projects like removing lead or polybutylene pipes or replacing deteriorating pipes will require planning and the skills of a licensed plumber. If your looking for a great plumber in Saskatoon, look no further than Marz Plumbing and you can check out her great offers on the Kijenga Marketplace.

Only a licensed plumber has completed the required government tests and regularly undergoes re-certification testing. This ensures you that they’re competent enough to tackle any plumbing issue and are updated on the building codes in your area. And only a licensed Saskatoon plumber can apply for any of the building permits that your project requires.

Here are the factors that you need to keep in mind to ensure that your plumbing project goes smoothly.

 

Budget

The costs of your plumbing project will depend on what needs repair, renovation, and replacement. Many plumbers will charge an hourly labor rate. Inviting a plumber for an in-home estimate is the best way for you to get the most accurate quote and gauge if your budget is appropriate for your plumbing schedule.

The costs of your plumbing project can range significantly depending on the type of project. Small projects like repairing a toilet, replacing a sink or other bathroom fixtures are jobs that will only cost a few hundred dollars and may be finished in a day.

 

Materials

Fixtures may impact your timeline as they need to be purchased and so do their correlating piping. Communicate with your plumbing contractor regarding any materials that need purchasing so that you can ensure you stay on schedule.

 

Scheduling

You might be considering scheduling your plumbing project around the holidays because it means you have more time to oversee the renovation. However, everyone else may have the same thought, and while your plumber may be able to squeeze you into their busy holiday schedule, the job may be rushed.

And while you cannot predict when you will have a plumbing disaster, it is also best to put off any plumbing projects that can wait until after the coldest time of the year. During the Winter, Saskatoon plumbers are likely getting plenty of calls about frozen pipes.

 

Permits

A plumbing permit is required whenever a plumbing system is being constructed, changed, renewed or repaired. The City of Saskatoon states that “plumbing installations are governed by the Saskatchewan Plumbing Regulations, as adopted and enforced by the Building Standards Plumbing Inspectors.”

To obtain a permit, only a licensed plumbing contractor registered with the City of Saskatoon can submit a Plumbing Permit Application to Building Standards. Inspections are then carried out, with a final inspection required before the new system can be put into service.

 

Project Timeline

Plan your timeline in advance if you want to ensure that your project stays on track. You and your plumber need to agree on your expectations for completion. The timeline should be included in the contract you both have signed.

The timeline should include any work that needs to be done first like unclogging sinks and toilets or other plumbing jobs that are minor.

Keeping your plumbing project on schedule is ideal, but there are all sorts of mishaps that may occur that could throw it off course. Be prepared and keep a level head. If you follow this guide, you will be in a better position to see that your plumbing project is completed on time.

If you’re planning a project, hire a certified professional. Get matched to verified contractors at Kijenga.com  and browse for great offers on our marketplace at shop.kijenga.com 

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The Right Approach to Starting Your Bathroom Remodel

Remodeling the bathroom is the most common home improvement project according to a recent study of Canadian homeowners. It doesn’t come as a surprise to most people. Renovating a bathroom is great for re-sale and it’s a room you use most often in your home. Improving your bathroom can shoot up the value of your house and so you see a lot of real estate investors putting some cash into ensuring the bathrooms are well done. Whether you’re planning to put the house on the market or you’re now an empty nester and looking to create your bathroom oasis, there are a number of reasons that homeowners in Saskatoon are looking to remodel their bathroom. Maybe you have no choice because your bathroom is no longer safe to use or has too many plumbing issues.

Whatever your reason, a bathroom remodel can be fun and exciting when you approach it the right way. If you find the process daunting, here is a guide to getting your bathroom remodel project started.

 

Finding a Contractor

This is where Kijenga can play a key role in your bathroom renovation project. 89% of homeowners in Saskatoon are frustrated with the process of finding and hiring contractors. We make it easy as pie with our online matchmaking service for Saskatoon and surrounding areas. Simply post your project. Our project coordinator will contact you to finalize some details before matching you with certified and reputable contractors that specialize in bathroom renovations. We make sure all our contractors have liability insurance, WCB, a valid business license, GST number and references. We do the homework for you. Once we connect you to our verified pros, they provide quotes on your project and voila. We help you from posting your project details to making the hire and it’s all done from the comfort of your own home. Simply post your project for free and let’s get things started on the right foot.

 

Preparing Your Budget

There are a few factors that determine the cost of your bathroom remodel – size, shape, and materials. The higher the quality of the materials you hope to use, the bigger the budget you should prepare. Your budget will also depend on the level of renovation. Will the bathroom remodel require demolition and removal? Are you gutting the existing plumbing and having them replaced entirely? Are you completely re-tiling?

If you need help planning out your renovation, it’s best to consult with an expert. Luckily for you, we have a great offer on our online marketplace. Check it out. 

You want to renovate your home but you have no idea where to start. You have ideas and the wheels are turning but you aren’t going anywhere. Don’t worry, we know the feeling and you’re not alone.

If you’re planning a home renovation project but you need a professional to come into your home to discuss options, offer advice and be there along the way, this package is a perfect fit for you. It includes a 2 hour in-home consultation with an experienced and professional contractor to discuss your project. Together you will customize a plan with a detailed project budget and report tailored for your bathroom renovation.

 

Requesting Estimates

The recommendation is to request quotes from at least 3 contractors so that you can not only compare pricing but also determine which of the contractors you will have the best working relationship with. Although at Kijenga we certify and verify all our contractor members, it’s best to figure out which contractor is best for you and your project. Once we connect you with these bathroom renovation contractors in Saskatoon, make sure you ask the right questions and leave enough time for them to come by and provide a detailed estimate on the project.

In your first meeting with each contractor, don’t be hesitant to ask for their expected payment schedule and process, how long they have worked with their subcontractors, and a predicted timeline for the project.

 

Signing a Contract

Once you have accepted a contractor’s bid for your bathroom remodel project, a written contract should be signed by both parties, and it should clearly state the following:

  • Project description
  • Details of materials used including costs and warranty
  • Permit information
  • Workmanship warranty
  • Lien waivers for the subcontractors
  • Payment schedule
  • Contractor’s license number
  • Both of your addresses

Get it in writing!

 

Project Preparation

Because your bathroom that is undergoing renovation will be out-of-order for the duration of the project, make other bathroom arrangements.  If you only have one bathroom, set up a temporary bath and toilet somewhere else in your house or ask a neighbor if you can use their facilities.

Whether your bathroom remodel was long overdue and necessary or it was because you simply wanted a change, a new version of your bathroom awaits you once the project is completed. And if you follow this guide, you’ll be able to approach it with confidence.

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Rebuild vs. Resurface: Breathing New Life into Your Old Deck

With Saskatoon winters reaching temperatures of below freezing and the wet season lasting 124 days of the year on average, it’s no wonder why your deck has taken quite a beating over the seasons and the years.

And beyond the weather, your deck, whether wood or composite, has seen lots of traffic from active kids, frisky pets, and welcomed guests who all equally love spending time out there laughing or lazing around on a warm summer day.

You wouldn’t trade the wonderful memories for anything. However, now you are left with a deck that is weathered and not exactly appealing to look at anymore. Not only is it no longer as beautiful as it once was, you fear that it may not even be safe to stand on anymore. Deck repair services is actually one of the most sought after services in Saskatoon throughout the summer season.

Depending on the condition of your deck, you’ll have two options – rebuild or resurface. How do you know which is the right solution for your home?

Why You Should Rebuild

For those who have plenty of time and money, the first instinct is to rebuild the deck completely. And there are those who assume they have the time to choose between rebuilding or resurfacing when the reality is, rebuilding is the only option.

If your deck’s structure is unsound and a disaster waiting to happen, then you must rebuild immediately. Wooden decks will naturally decay over time because of the weather and climate. They are prone to rotting, mold, carpenter ants, termites and so much more.

Starting over with a new deck can be costly, but it does have its upsides. Not only do you have the opportunity to start fresh and have complete freedom in designing an entirely new deck, but you have the option to choose better quality materials like steel that is guaranteed to last much longer than the old wooden deck – a lifetime, in fact.

Why You Should Resurface

Rebuilding a deck can be considered a major renovation and one that you’re just not prepared for both financially and time-wise.

Resurfacing an old deck which has a solid substructure and framing will still result in a beautiful deck that feels brand new. Despite following the same lines and foundation, you can dramatically change the aesthetics with your choice of color and other elements. You may even want to swap out the deck railing to something more modern.

Compared to tearing out the old deck and rebuilding, resurfacing means huge savings. A contractor would be able to assess your existing deck’s substructure and framing to tell you if you absolutely must rebuild or if resurfacing is advisable. Getting a quote from more than one deck contractor in Saskatoon would be ideal in this case.

Ultimately, whether you decide to start over altogether or put some extra love in your old one, you’ll still get the look and feel of a new deck that you and your family will love through many years of fun outdoor barbecues or lazy days of lounging.

Post your deck project today for free and get matched to certified contractors in Saskatoon. Get Quotes!

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5 Home Improvements to Increase the Value of Your Property

Whether you plan to live in your Saskatoon home for a very long time or are considering selling it sometime in the future, making improvements to your home’s basic elements is crucial to protecting your property’s value.

Even the smallest improvements are an investment and may yield to future returns. And if you don’t plan on selling anytime soon, upgrades to your home is certainly still a lifestyle enhancement that you deserve.

If you’re thinking of remodelling your home this summer, consider starting with the following upgrades.

  1. Upgrade the Exterior

There are endless possibilities for improving your home’s exterior. You could start with a new coat of paint or upgrade the gutters. However, it’s best to put your focus on what is essential first.

Saskatoon’s frigid temperatures that rapidly change can cause damage to your roof with ice damming. With the snow melting on rooftops and re-freezing along the roof’s edge, your roof may have suffered some damage over the winter season.

Your gutters, siding, and foundation are good places to start looking for signs of wear, cracks, and any damage that is visible. You can potentially save yourself thousands of dollars in future repairs by detecting and repairing these problems early on.

With the essential elements of your home exterior like the roof and gutters in working order, you can now start considering aesthetic upgrades like a new coat of paint, dressing up the front or door, or adding accent trim.

  1. Remodel Your Kitchen

Many start with the kitchen when they want to increase the value of their home dramatically. Adding new energy-efficient appliances and phone charging stations are great ways to modernize any kitchen. But if you’re seeking to add more timeless appeal, think about natural stone surfaces and wood flooring. Nice new touches would include lighting fixtures, additional storage and waste areas, and devoting a unique space for pets.

And if you want to go beyond remodelling your kitchen, consider upgrading your home with the addition of an outdoor kitchen that boasts a built-in grill, a fire pit, and even a stone pizza oven.

  1. Invest In Natural Stone

There are materials that simply never go out of style and one of them is natural stone. It’s true that installing natural stone like granite can be quite expensive. However, when you take into consideration the longevity and durability of granite, it proves to be a good investment.

Natural stone isn’t just limited to your kitchen and can also be used in pathways, entryways and other exterior areas of your home where it will add to the home’s aesthetic value.

  1. Rework the Bathroom

Because the bathroom is one of the most used rooms in any home, it will probably need the most refreshing particularly if it’s been neglected. Even the smallest bathrooms can use some reworking, and it can be as simple as adding new lighting or adding additional storage.

You may want to remodel your bathroom because it is completely outdated, has plumbing problems, or no longer safe to use. Or maybe you just want to increase the value of your home.

Whatever your reasons, the best place to start is by replacing any construction materials that have been infested by mold or mildew. From there, you can make additions to your bathroom that will reduce the future growth of mold like additional ventilation or radiant heat flooring that naturally heats the rooms evenly.

  1. Create Curb Appeal

Before getting too caught up in the endless garden and landscaping possibilities for your home, remember that the best environment for your home should complement your house’s proportions and existing features.

A Saskatoon landscaping contractor will present you with a sitemap of your home that will show where it is most fitting to add paths, trees, grass, flowers, fountains, and lighting. From there, you can start to plan the details like choosing the plants for your flower beds and landscaping rocks like gravel, crushed stone or river rocks. Additionally, a landscaping professional would advise you on the best plants and materials that are ideal for Saskatoon weather.

When it comes to home upgrades, you’ll have endless options for aesthetic enhancements, and improvements. Partner with a home professional for the specific areas of your home that you want to invest in to ensure that you have someone experienced to give you the best advice on home improvement that will last and most importantly, fits your lifestyle.

If you’re planning a bigger project or renovation, post your project for free and we will connect you with multiple contractors we have certified and verified for you.

If you’re simply looking to get things done and tackle a few home improvement projects, you can save a little money by checking out the deals available on our Kijenga Marketplace. There is something for everyone!

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4 Budget Renovation Ideas That Can Add Pizzazz To Your Old Home

Canadians love their homes but they also like to keep redecorating, making small changes and, in general, make their homes more energy efficient and comfortable. Home renovations when done right can certainly add a great deal of value to your home making it aesthetically pleasant and comfortable for the residents. Today, we will discuss 4 renovation styles and tips that can be done without spending too much money yet add a lot of value and comfort to your home. read more