Update to previous blog post: Calgary Home Renovations – are you paying twice?

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Everyone, including Rhymack Homes Ltd., loves a happy ending. We previously blogged about Calgary home renovations gone wrong. A client had hired a disreputable ‘contractor’ from a well known classified ad website. In the owners own words, he managed to do more damage in 6 hours than there was when he arrived! This was not a huge job, but we treat all of our projects with the same care and attention, regardless of size. We thought it would be good to show a few of the before and after photos.

A picture says a thousand words

On the left, the ‘before’ picture indicates the state the previous contractor left the counter top in, and considered it finished. On the right, our fix.

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This next set shows the job that was done on the lino in their entryway, and again, considered ‘finished’ by the previous contractor. What you cannot see is that he actually SCREWED lino down in places – not kidding.

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And here is an ‘after’ photo:



One more set of pictures, a lovely shelf that was previously installed – in case you are wondering, yes, the shelf is installed upside down! Our repair to that situation is on the right. Sometimes a basket is just the right solution to your storage problems!

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There were many other small repairs throughout the house. In the end, the client is very happy with the work we did(read her google review here).  She has gone on to recommend us to numerous others in the market for renovations. At the end of the day, we all know that word of mouth is the best advertising you can buy. We were happy to help out and make it right! As professionals in Calgary home renovations, we have standards to uphold. Give us a call if you are looking to renovate any time soon!

Calgary Home Renovations – are you paying twice?

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It’s Friday, October 6th, and we just got off the phone with a distraught homeowner. She did what so many others have done – turned to a popular classified ad site to find some trades people for her Calgary home renovations, hoping to save some money. It sounds like she did everything right. She vetted them out, asked to see business licenses and insurance papers, etc. In fact, we cannot say she did anything wrong – but the person she hired did. Hence the phone call to our office.

Can you fix his mistakes?

Whether you are looking for Calgary home renovations, or any other location, it will always be tempting to ‘do it yourself’. You want to act as your own general contractor, and keep some of your hard earned money in your pocket. We get it. We all want to save money. Unfortunately, it will not always save you money. In fact, in the end, it will often end up costing you more than it would have if you had gone with a reputable company in the first place. Now, not only is this customer out the time and money wasted on this less than stellar contractor, but she will now have to pay extra to have those mistakes undone, then fixed right.

What kind of things did this contractor do? He screwed in baseboards, screwed down linoleum, and painted over plaster that wasn’t yet sanded. Why? Because clearly he is not a professional.

What is your definition of professional?

“Professional” has more than one definition. We like to think of professionals as people who have a reputation to uphold. A company with a brand, a physical location, and something to lose if they do not live up to their promises. Anybody can hang a shingle on a classified ad site. They can say they are qualified to do this or that, but what have they got to lose if they do not do a good job? They can come back the next day with a different name and post a new ad, and no one is any wiser. But a business with an office, with employees to pay, with a name and reputation to uphold? That is someone you want to do business with. Because a business like that has a vested interest in doing a good job, everyday. Their reputation is everything, and it is in their best interest to do it right.