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To find the right contractor, you need to do more than ask for a few references. “We’re all going to give you references, and we’re going to give you the best ones we’ve ever had,” Caruk says. For all you know, those references could be friends or family. “What you should do is go and look at one of the jobs [the contractor] is halfway through right now.” Talk to the client. Is the contractor reasonable to deal with? Is the job running on time? Has the contractor been going over budget?

Bryan Baeumler, host of House of Bryan and Disaster DIY on HGTV, recommends going to where contractors shop for their supplies and asking a few questions. Do the suppliers know the contractor? How often is he in buying materials? An electrician who has been purchasing thousands of dollars worth of material week in and week out for years is probably a lot more reputable that someone with a spotty shopping history.

It’s also worth going to where the pros go if you’re doing some or all of your reno by yourself, says Jennifer Flores, a Toronto-based design blogger who has been renovating her home room by room for the past five years. “We had a plumbing issue, so we went in to the plumbing supply store. Go to where the contractors go. Ask questions,” she says.


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  • Doris and Jack Muir
    May 17, 2018, 6:48 pm REPLY

    Safa was recommended by people in our condo complex after we purchased and they were right! Both Safa and his employees are great to work with. Even when we chose the wrong colour, they changed it to make us happy. Always willing to go the extra mile. Thanks for a job well done. D&J

  • Thalia Sianto
    August 22, 2018, 11:54 am REPLY

    they changed it to make us happy. Always willing to go the extra mile. Thanks for a job well done. D&J

  • Claudeen Brown
    November 2, 2018, 7:57 pm REPLY

    I waited and waited to do thé rénovation of my kitchen and change my living room floors.Then my cousin mentioned SAFA.When i saw her finished kitchen i was impressed.I am really Enjoying thé changes in my house.Iwould use SAFA and his teams service again.

  • Jamie Thomas-Pavanel
    October 3, 2019, 12:38 am REPLY

    Safa and his team were wonderful! They were quick, efficient and provided quality work. I felt there was transparency throughout the entire process which made me feel comfortable. He was very responsive, reliable and approachable and strived to complete the job in the exact way I wanted it done. He also provided great suggestions I had not thought of which highlighted his experience. I would highly recommend Safa and his team and will surely hire them for renovations in the future.

  • Alexandra Marinescu
    December 22, 2019, 7:08 pm REPLY

    Safa and his guys were amazingly professional , and reliable . The quality of work was excellent , the project was finished before the expected timeline . Over all I would definitely work with Safa again . I would recommend him and his team to anyone in need of a renovation .