What makes a great contractor?

What makes a great contractor?

In today’s society, there are many contractors out there, and how do you tell the difference between a good contractor and a great contractor. Well, there are several different aspects of a company to look at.

On-going Education and Training

Construction, Renovations and contracting are different processes that will always be evolving. Basically, to stay up to date on the latest technology is nearly impossible as it is constantly changing. This is why contractors must never stop learning and training. This could mean the difference in completing a job incorrectly or properly. With the proper equipment, technology and training, contractors can save time and money. Contractors also need to be familiar with the old technology, in case it breaks. As time passes, a once highly efficient and new building becomes outdated and requires updating to maintain efficiency. But, remember Renovations in BC doesn’t require a company to be licensed.  Renovations take more time and more money than New Construction in allot of cases.  They are more difficult and you never know what you will find when you open up a wall.

Ridgewater Homes is a licensed builder & renovator.  Having up to date information, training and courses on everything there is to know in the contracting and constructions world is important to the whole team. In addition to education, our updated technology, tools, and team, saves time and energy, which makes us more productive on larger projects.


Without references, how do you know someone is giving you the correct information? There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking a contractor for a couple of references that you can contact in order to verify any information or to just ask questions from a client’s perspective.

Ridgewater Homes has been in the business since 2008. Without our references and past clients, we would not be where we are today! But most every contractor has the few bad clients, so make sure you understand why your contractor has these bad clients.  Most of these clients that are mad or upset haven’t paid their bills after tons of extras.  We have heard of contractors taking money with no contracts and leave the clients high and dry. Make sure you have a contract. Make sure you don’t let the bad reviews out waive the good reviews. Remember there are two sides to every story, make sure you fully understand.


Do awards make a great contractor? It’s not about how many awards a contractor has it’s about the Quality of work that they do.  Sure the awards are a great way to reward creative excellence, but that is not why we at Ridgewater Homes do it.  Is an award a true measure of success? In every industry, there are amazing people who do amazing work that never gets the recognition that they deserve.   The awards are not what we measure our work by.  For Ridgewater Homes, we care about our clients and the work we do no matter how big or small the project is, that is the most important thing.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “ Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” 


Client Engagement and Satisfaction

Communication with each other is vital during construction and this includes the client. The client is the one asking for the service to be done, and quite frankly, they are the ones paying for it! Making sure the client knows and understands that their needs and wants are conveyed and understood is a vital sign of a great contractor.

A sign of a good contractor is that they are busy and can’t take your work on right away. Ridgewater Homes wants to work with you every step of the way. If you have questions or issues before, during or after our work is done, we are all ears! Our goal is to exceed your expectations and guarantee to maintain a safe, and clean work environment while completing your project, big or small! Ridgewater is where we do Quality Built work and that is part of what makes us the Leader in Renovations.

Let’s Build Something Great!

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