Looking For A Professional Contractor? Check out BILD RenoMark for a great starting list

Hiring a professional contractor can be a daunting task in the world of renovations.  It is also a task that should be taken very seriously.  The contractor you hire will have a large effect on how smoothly (or not!) your project goes, and ultimately how happy you are with the finished results.
Moral of the story: choosing the right person or company to complete your job is NOT a process that should be rushed into!
You may be fortunate enough to know someone who can refer you to a professional contractor that they’ve used in past with positive results.  Or, maybe, you’ve already used someone who is clearly the right choice for your upcoming project.  Perhaps, however, your current project requires skills that your past contractor isn’t qualified to do (for example they may be the right choice for installing windows, doors or even a new roof, but not well equipped to install new wiring or plumbing!).
Where to start? You might think about checking out RenoMarkTM   as they have a great listing of qualified professional contractors and renovators throughout Canada (including a pretty extensive list for the GTA). It is quite user-friendly, and a great starting point when searching for contractors.
The website is quite user-friendly and gives you options as to what type of services you need.  The steps are easy, once you get to the site, simply click on the ‘Step 2-Find a renovator’ option which takes you to a screen with a map of Canada.  From there you are prompted to choose a location which will take you to the BILD RenoMark website for your region (here is the site for the GTA).  Using the ‘Find a RenoMark renovator’  tab at the top of the screen will take you to the area of the website where you choose the type of services you want.
Here, for example, are the results that I got when I searched for a General Renovation Contractor in Toronto-Central for Kitchen renovations:

Here are our RenoMark™ professional contractors listed in random order:

  • Sosna Inc.   Mr. Andrei Sosnovsky
    Profile Thinking of renovating? Sosna Inc is a fully licensed and insured professional contractor you can always count on. We are not saying we are the best but we always do what we say. Visit us at: www.ContractorYouCanCountOn.com
  • Willem Contracting  Robert Heughan
    Profile Specializing in residential additions,design, permits,open concept renovations, kitchens, basements, , Customer satisfaction through integrity,reliability,quality workmanship to ensure your satisfaction. Toronto west, Kingsway,Etobicoke
  • Salerno Custom Homes  Peter Di Scola
    Profile Salerno Custom Homes specializes in custom-built homes, additions and renovations. Our commitment to customer satisfaction, integrity and professionalism is paramount. We deliver projects on time, with the highest quality and best value, while maintaining a safe working environment. We also maintain liability, WSIB and Tarion insurance coverage.
  • Fifthshire Homes Ltd.  Michelina Di Carlo
    Profile With over 35 years of experience, Fifthshire specializies in Construction and Project management of eco-friendly, steel-framed, custom/designed homes. As a certified R-2000 and LEED Builder, we take great pride in our quality workmanship and leading edge building technologies. Fifthshire provides personal service from conception to delivery with lasting value and savings to our clients.
  • A & R Renovations Inc.  Alexandru Covriga
    Profile• Whether you need repairs, new skylights or ventilation siding, we’re here to help! We specialize in Kitchen, Bath and Basement Renovations. Our stellar reputation for safety and customer satisfaction means you’re in good hands from start to finish! We take pride in our work – we’re fully licensed and have the knowledge and expertise to fulfill your contracting needs.
  • Baymanor Homes  Fabrizio Calitri
    Profile: Baymanor Homes transforms your home. From remodelling, additions,and renovations of customized homes, we are devoted to delivering a transforming experience to our clients regardless of the scope. As master craftsmen, we use our skill and resources to build and renovate beautiful homes. We’re also proponents of green building in both our work and materials, and strive to be industry leaders.
  • Carick Home Improvements (Carick Building Products Ltd.)  Geno Scopelleti
    Profile: Multi Award Winning Carick Home Improvements has been providing customers with expert home improvements for over 35 years. We specialize in Bathrooms, Kitchens, Major Renovations/Additions and Condominiums. You’ll enjoy a total peace of mind knowing your job will be done right the first time. All work is fully guaranteed in writing.
  • P.C.L. Interior & Exterior Finishes Inc.  Mr. Robert Valitutti
    Profile Thanks for visiting my profile. I take a different approach to renovations making it fun, respectful and stress free as possible. I become partners with my clients working together to bring their ideas to life. We ride the bumps and bruises together. President Robert Valitutti
  • Bryant Renovations  Dennis Bryant
    ProfileBryant Renovations has earned a reputation as one of Toronto’s leading renovators. With accomplishments from traditional Rosedale homes and heritage buildings to urban lofts and condos, Bryant Renovations can meet your renovation and design/build needs. Bryant Renovations is committed to working within the budget and delivering superior construction and design expertise.Certified Green Renovator
  • Golden Bee Homes Inc.  Hagop Torossian
    ProfileWe will not ask the last payment unless we see the smile on your face and you are 100% satisfied.
  • Super 7 GroupLorenzo Marchelletta
    Phone number (416) xxx-xxxx click to view
    Profile  A licenced and insured Renovator and Home Builder for Toronto and surrounding areas. Award winning interior designs and recipient for “BEST RENOVATION 2011”. Construction Co-ordinator for the hit show “Designer Guys” on HGTV, and also featured on the W network with Colour Confidential.
  • A. Lifetime Contractor Ltd.  Ms. Sandra Baldwin
    Profile  BILD RENOVATOR OF THE YEAR award winner. OHBA MOST OUTSTANDING RENOVATION award winner. CERTIFIED GREEN RENOVATOR. Serving Toronto homeowners since 1947. Full service; Large and small projects. Never pay more than the contract price. Your project schedule will be adhered to. We will stay on your project to completion. Over 80% repeat and referral business.Certified Green Renovator
  • LJ Post Construction Ltd.  Leo Post
    Profile  General contracting; kitchens, bathroom,basement and complete interior renovations, Dormers, additions, garages.drawings. Contact us for your custom home renovation projects. Since 1976 we have been providers to your innovations.
  • Abbotsford Group Inc. Custom Builders  Mr. Paul J. Mior
    ProfileAward winning Design/Build general contractor – 2002 Renovator of the Year – offering architectural and building services. Custom home builder. Abbotsford will guide you through the custom homebuilding or renovation process – pre-construction, construction, post-construction.Certified Green Renovator
  • Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre  Mr. Neil Samson
    Profile  Since 1982, Monarch Kitchen and Bath Centre has been offering exceptional renovations throughout Durham Region, the GTA and beyond. Renovations from conception to completion. Customized designs, Licensed, insured-bonded trades, Complete project management, wide range of cabinetry From a high-rise condominium to cottages, our designers assist with projects of any size.
  • Eurodale Developments  Mr. Brendan Charters
    Profile  2011 RENOVATOR OF THE YEAR award winners! Owned and operated by the Chief Builders of ‘The Rona Dream Home’ Television Show on Global TV and ‘The Designer Guys’ on HGTV. Eurodale employs educated, trained and professional trades people, coupled with first class project management systems to ensure each project produces a consistent result for the homeowner.Certified Green Renovator
  • SevernWoods Construction Inc.  Tom Cumming
    Profile  SevernWoods Construction Inc. is a residential renovation and home building company based in Toronto, specializing in additions, renovations and new custom homes in the finer neighbourhoods of central Toronto. Tom Cumming and his team of experienced builders focus on adding to, maintaining and restoring the beauty of classic Toronto homes.Certified Green Renovator
  • Reno King Contracting Ltd.  David Wyse
    Profile  Reno King Contracting Ltd. specializes in quality residential renovations, custom homes, commercial and condominium projects. We work with homeowners, designers and architects.
  • The Toolbox Group Inc.  Andrew Galletta
    Profile  Specializing in Custom homes, additions and residential/commercial renovations. The Toolbox Group is a full service renovator/builder with more than 20 years of building and renovation experience. Our goal is to satisfy each and every client by providing quality workmanship, expert planning and detailed project management.
  • Bayview Projects Contracting  Jerry Keuroghlian
    Profile  Thank You for your interest in Bayview Projects Contracting. As a professional renovator, we appreciate your interest in Custom Quality Renovation and comfort to suit your lifestyle. Please refer to our website to contact us. www.Bayviewprojects.com
A great list to start with!
The other added bonus is that according to BILD (Building Industry and Land Development Association), 2 of the benefits of hiring a RenoMark (all their members are part of this program) professional contractor are:
  • BILD renovators take care of the details. Hiring a professional means that the details like ensuring all sub-contractors are covered by Workers’ Compensation, all approvals and permits are in place and obtaining the appropriate insurance are not only taken care of, they are readily available to you for your assurance.
  • BILD renovators offer a warranty and after sales service. A contractor committed to professionalism will offer you the coverage you need. Under the table deals leave you no recourse – so make sure your renovator spells it out on paper. Our members will also provide you with a written list of referrals so you can check on their performance and expertise.

You should double-check with any contractor (RenoMark or otherwise) that details like these are included in your service contract and remember that you should always (always, always!) interview, check references and get your contract in writing!


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