We’ve all heard the horror stories that can happen if you don’t do your homework when choosing a trades professional. Like the contractor that demoed a kitchen, never to be seen again; or the pool company that accepted a homeowner’s deposit but keeps pushing back the installation date.

We want to make sure these disasters don’t happen to you when you’re looking for assistance with those big renovation projects around your home. Use these 5 tips to help you find the best trades professionals in the Comox Valley that can help with your home renovations – and increase the likelihood of your complete satisfaction!


All in Good Time
One of the biggest considerations when hiring professional trades companies is your timeline. Do you need the project completed by a certain date? If so, make sure the home professionals know what your deadline is, and that they can show you a work-back schedule or milestone calendar to keep the project on track. Always give yourself a couple weeks of “padding” in case an unexpected issue comes up or some flexibility is required.

Talk of the Town
Have any trades professionals come up recently in casual conversations? Perhaps a neighbour has mentioned how happy they are with their new kitchen or a family member was really impressed that their new bathroom came in under budget; those businesses are worth checking out further. Alternately, you’ll want to avoid any companies in the Courtenay and surrounding area known for having a bad reputation.

Consider Your ROI
It’s highly recommended to get multiple quotes on any major home renovation – but don’t necessarily go with the lowest quote. As much as you want to save money, it’ll cost you way more in the long run if the quality of the finished project suffers. Home improvements that are done well can offer a considerable return on your investment by increasing the value of your real estate.

Google is Your Friend
Taking time to read Google reviews can be a great resource to help you find the best home pro for the job. You can also directly ask each company for a portfolio of their work or check out their website, as many trades professionals have a photo gallery of past jobs. If you want to take it a step further, ask for local references and set up a time to see the finished reno in person to establish the quality of completed work.

Referral Reach Outs
Who are the go-to people you can trust for honest recommendations? Your friends, neighbours, or even other trusted experts. Typically, home professionals will be able to offer referral partners they can put you in touch with as well. For example, your plumber may know a fantastic drywall company they’ve worked with in the past. From here you’ll have a base list and then you can complete some of your own research for each recommended business too, just to double check.


As your trusted team of Comox Valley real estate sales representatives, we have plenty of connections to local trades professionals that may be able to help you with your home renovation projects. Reach out today – we’d be happy to chat with you to see which home pros may be the best fit for you.

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