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Getting to Know your Contractor

Whether building a home or building a business, there are few relationships more important than the one you have with your general contractor. At ADR Contracting, we strive to build a personal connection with each of our clients so that we can understand their goals and vision better. Nevertheless, as leading contractors in the Vancouver residential and commercial construction and renovation industry, we know that getting to know your contractor is the best way for you to see your vision become a reality. With that in mind, here are some tips for finding the right contractor for you.


No matter the project, you want to talk to your contractor about their experience in the industry. Have they completed similar projects or can they demonstrate the expertise needed to make your build or renovation run smoothly. Ultimately, you want to get a sense of the contractor’s skill and workmanship, so you’ll probably want to view their portfolio for more information. At ADR Contracting our residential portfolio includes new home construction, additions, and major and minor renovations from concept to completion. Our commercial services are provided to several property management firms and include repairs, renovations, and move-in/out set-ups. We also have expertise in building and renovating offices and retail spaces.


The next factor to consider when you’re getting to know your contractor is communication. Are they available to answer your questions and do they communicate clearly? Additionally, your contractor should be willing to work with you throughout your project to ensure the work is done on time and on budget. Excellent communication skills are the foundation to a successful construction relationship. At ADR Contracting, we pride ourselves in creating lasting relationships built on solid communication with our clients. We openly and honestly communicate project costs and timelines and we help our clients make difficult renovation and construction decisions.

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It can also be helpful to know a bit more about your contractor’s professional contacts. At the end of the day, your contractor is usually your gateway to qualified tradespeople. At ADR Contracting, we know that the buck stops with us. We have carefully developed relationships with a diverse team of tradespeople who deliver on our expectations so that we can deliver on yours. You should always work with a contractor who will take responsibility for the finished product. ADR Contracting has developed an exceptional reputation in the Metro Vancouver region partly because we work with the most skilled and reliable tradespeople in the industry.


Speaking of reputations, you don’t need to take your contractor’s word – don’t be afraid to ask for references. Sometimes speaking with your contractor’s other clients will help you to get the answer to all your questions. You can ask about contractor expertise and workmanship, communication, and even about their experiences with tradespeople and subcontractors. At the end of the day, choosing the contractor that will work best for you is the first step in ensuring a successful construction project.