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Barnabas Available August 12 – September 15

It is official, after a long stretch working in Regina, Barnabas will be available in Calgary for renovations. He will be taking a week off and will start looking at projects starting August 12. Our web site is down and I am working hard to get it back up and running in n the meantime […]

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Tip Four – Hiring A Contractor – WCB

Workers Compensation – WCB A Contractor should carry WCB and it is a requirement that he does so for all employees. It is also his responsibility to ensure that all Subcontractors under his supervision carry WCB. That being said – if he is not carrying the required coverage and an employee or subcontractor gets injured […]

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Tip Three – Insurance – Ask To See a Certificate

General Liability Insurance A Contractor should carry General Liability Insurance to cover the possibility that something could go terribly wrong during your renovation project. This insurance protects both the contractor but most importantly you the homeowner. In a worst case scenario you want to be in the position where you are dealing with a Contractor’s […]

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Trades People Need To Work Too! Post Flood – Hiring Trades

In Calgary post flood – when is the right time for the trades people to step in and start selling/charging for their services? Let’s stop for a moment and think about this first by looking at some facts about trades people/builders: 1) Trades people are working in a number of capacities but many of the […]

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Slow Down – Recovering From Flood Damage – Calgary

This is not a tip per say but rather just something that came up today in conversation with a good friend of mine that is recovering from the flood. She said that many of the people she knows are hurrying now into the rebuilding process and she was advising them to Slow Down. I agree […]

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Tip Two – Hiring a Contractor – Licencing

A Contractor in business in the City of Calgary should carry a current city business licence. From the homeowners perspective it should give you a reassurance that this potential Contractor is committed to his role as a business person in your geographical area. Another bonus is that upon the original application of a business licence […]

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Tip One – References – Check Them

References – ask for several and call at least three! I know this sounds obvious but people don’t do it. They get that warm fuzzy feeling about a Contractor – which is an excellent start but then they do not follow up by checking references. We personally have a list of 15-20 references that we […]

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Calgary Flooding – Moving Beyond Volunteers

The time will come soon when volunteers need to get back to other parts of life and HIRING to complete deconstruction and rebuilding will be the priority. I am speaking to my beloved “Calgarians” sorting through the rubble of this flood. I am going to start writing a series on “how to hire a legitimate […]

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A Note About Availability

Barnabas left the morning before the big flooding day in Calgary for an out of town project. He would have put in the energy of three men had he been here to help with this flooding disaster. Those of you that know him know this to be true. Unfortunately it has only been his tools […]