Improve Your Property Through Exemplary Repair and Renovation Work
Why Choose Mr. Build Vancouver?
Local, family-run business since 1989 – 32 years!
Real office/shop location
Open and staffed all day, every weekday
Member of HomeStars and HOUZZ
4.7 of 5 star rating at HOUZZ.com
Multi-skilled trades-people able to handle all aspects of any renovation you may need
Full WorkSafe BC and Liability Insurance coverage
All quotes provided to you within 24 – 48 hours
Mr. Build Vancouver is located on the west side of Vancouver, B.C. We have been established since 1989.
We specialize in small/medium renovations and repairs for both residential and commercial clients. Although the name suggests a franchise, we are very much independently owned and operated for the last 30 years. Mr. Build can provide you with a “one-stop” shop service for all your repairs and renovation needs. The staff have been with Mr. Build since the beginning and know what customer service means. Because of our business-like approach, skilled trades people, and excellent communication skills, we can provide you with a solid value for your financial investment in your home, revenue property, or commercial/leasehold improvement.
Mr. Build has been selected by the readers of The Vancouver Courier as the Best Home Repair Service four(4) times in the past 10 years. We were selected as the 2nd best renovation place by the readers of The Province newspaper. We also have had several articles written about our company in the Home Section of the The Vancouver Sun. We are centrally located in the neighbourhood we work in and are open Mon – Fri, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. We can provide a complimentary estimate for any project and repair required, usually within 48 hours. This full service approach has allowed us to serve over 28,000 clients to date. Our referral and repeat business is over 50%. In a very competitive market, this speaks volumes about our business, but more importantly about our people. Mr. Build has an A+ rating at the BBB (Better Business Bureau). Please feel free to check us out with Homestars and Houzz and on-line at www.mrbuild.com. Please check out our Reviews on our website and also on Google, Houzz, Homestars and N-49. We look forward to working with you.
Kurt Gust – owner/operator
Do’s and Don’ts of Home Renovation
It’s even better if they are members of one or more of our professional associations (e.g. the Canadian Home Builders Association) which will help regulate industry standards.
In fact, see work in progress, or else a contractor will show you only finished gems and not how you can expect a project to go.
Some companies quote low but nail you for extras while those with higher quotes may actually be more honest in spelling everything out from the start.
There are always additional expenses along the way but the final price shouldn’t be that far from the budget being set out.
All the good ones are taken, so don’t expect to pick up the phone and have someone start next week. If they’re any good, they’re likely booked solid.
The more you know about what you want and the better you communicate that to the contractor at the inception of a renovation project, the smoother things can go. Making up your mind or changing your mind along the way, only eats up time and drives up the final price.
Expect the weather to affect the project’s timeliness and maybe even create challenges and setbacks.
People hire a contractor because they don’t have the time or skills to do the project themselves, so let the professionals do what they know how to do.
Realize that projects are fluid entities that change and there are always labor pains. Roll with it!
Start With a Plan and End With a Successful Makeover
Whether you are making modest changes in one or two rooms, or you are transforming the entire house into a dream of a lifetime, the renovation process can be pleasant and smooth – if you take the time to plan your project carefully. I believe that homeowners can ensure a successful renovation if they follow these nine critical steps.
Advance research is the key to getting what you want. Review magazines, books and websites to get an idea of the look you want. Visit friends, family members and colleagues who have renovated recently. Consider your lifestyle and the needs of your family, both in the short and long term. A professional renovator can help assess the feasibility.
If you are thinking about using outside funds, discuss your borrowing needs and options with your lending institution. You will likely find there are many financing possibilities to consider, from personal loans and lines of credit to home equity loans and homeowner’s mortgages.
For appropriate service and high-quality results, hire a professional renovator. Click on “Find a Member” on the GVHBA website for a list of member renovators in the Greater Vancouver area. Ask family, friends and neighbours for recommendations.
Once you have acquired the names of several professional renovators, interview them. Be sure you have listed all the items that are important to you. Choose a couple of the renovators with whom you feel most comfortable. If you have plans and specifications, have the chosen renovators provide you with a proposal.
If you do not have plans already, ask the renovators to provide you with a proposal and a budget for a design/build project. Most professional renovators will provide a complete service, including their own in-house or private designers or architects.
Don’t omit this step just because you are too busy or “they seem like the right person for the job.” Call the GVHBA, the renovator’s previous clients, the bank, and the building supply store to ensure that you are making the right choices.
Don’t automatically take the lowest bid, unless you are certain the renovator has properly understood what you want. Sometimes low bids turn out to be the most expensive in the end. If you accept the renovator’s offer, it’s time to write up the contract. Even the simplest of jobs should be outlined in writing because the contract is the basis of understanding between you and your renovator.
Before signing a contract, read it carefully. Are you satisfied with the description of the work to be done? Does the payment schedule include hold-backs? Are the responsibilities of the renovator clearly spelled out? If something is not expressed in the contract, then it’s your responsibility. Have a lawyer examine the contract before you sign it.
Careful planning can greatly minimize the inconvenience of living in the midst of a renovation. Talk to your renovator about the schedule of work to be done and how your daily routine might be affected. Discuss your expectations of the work crew and determine the work environment. Does the crew need access to washroom facilities, telephones, water or electricity? Decide which areas of your home are off limits. It is a good idea to let your neighbours know you are going to be renovating.
A good working relationship is a vital ingredient in successful renovation projects. Mutual trust is essential. Keep lines of communication open at all times. Expect a brief report on the progress of your job at regular intervals, perhaps every evening. Be available to make decisions when they are needed so work is not held up, perhaps costing you more money. Don’t hesitate to bring your concerns to the attention of the renovator.
Once work is underway, changes should be kept to a minimum. The details of your project, described in the contract, down to the finishing touches, form the basis of both the price and the schedule of your job. Changes could affect both significantly. Your GVHBA member renovator will attempt to accommodate any alteration in plans, as long as you accept a possible delay in completion and/or a change in price.
Peter Simpson is the chief executive officer of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association, which has an active and progressive renovators council. For more information, visit www.gvhba.org. are important to you. Choose a couple of the renovators with whom you feel most comfortable.
If you have plans and specifications, have the chosen renovators provide you with a proposal. If you do not have plans already, ask the renovators to provide you with a proposal and a budget for a design/build project. Most professional renovators will provide a complete service, including their own in-house or private designers or architects.