Feed back on our project with EliteRenovators - Steve F & Team
Excellent team to work with - highly professional, courteous, very clean (job site is suer clean each day after work), no - nonsense team to work with - on time, within quoted budget and very skillful in what they do.
Our Project - Remove one load bearing wall and one non load bearing wall to transform our ground floor to open concept - our requirement was specific to have a steel beam against wood LVL option to have a flush ceiling across the floor - we did our home work by engaging an engineer & architect for floor plans and structural drawings with changes required to submit for building permit (opened up portion of the walls, ceiling for the engineer and architect to measure and take details). We also engaged plumbing, electrical and HVAC trades ppl to get plans on rerouting the existing fittings in the structural wall thru alternate route per code.
Our initial approach to hire contractors was thru a bid site where contractors reach out to your project ad and submit quotes
# of responses thru the site - 36
# of written quotes received after in person consultation - 6 (all of them pushed us to include kitchen, flooring, painting and other stuff that we mostly did not want) All of them refused to just do load bearing wall removal
# of contractors who did not followup and get back - 18
# of contractors who delayed their response between 4 to 8 weeks - 10
# of contractors who pushed and frightened us to use wood LVL against steel beam - 2 with astronomical quotes
How we ended up hiring Elite renovators -
After our above described experience, I started a simple good old google search “Load bearing wall removal GTA”
Eliterenovators was the 5th result after the paid Ad’s listing in real results
I reached out to the two other results (prior to Elite) along with Elite in the order of the search results (did not check Kijiji listings as they mostly will involve a lot of scrutiny and vetting usually)
The top company never responded to my request or answered my calls or returned my voice mails
2nd company calls results in leaving voice mails and sent emails to which there was no response for a week or so
Steve from Elite picked up the call and spoke to me and heard my project details patiently and answered all my queries and gave me a ball park quote and requested for a visit to give a firm quote. He showed up on scheduled day (3 days after our call) - Steve provided a firm verbal quote (followed by written one in a day) within 7 minutes of visiting our place and did not complain about the steel beam requirement we had (as alll of others did).
Work started right on time as scheduled and completed within a total of 6 days with inspections by city inspector coordinated as per the permit requirements. Two new footings were added in the basement and two columns for the footings in basement to transfer the load along with the steel beams in the ground floor.
Attached photos will speak of the details and excellent job Steve and team did for us. We really appreciate Steve going the extra mile to adjust our angled walls (not part of the contract) as Steve mentioned that it does not take much time to do it as they know how to do it quickly. It really speaks volumes about the work ethics and client focused ethics. The same would have been an additional charge by any other contractor that I have known.
Steve also suggested how best to lay our new flooring and have given details with examples from his past experience.
If you are ever thinking of doing structural work at your home, you can reach out to Eliterenovators without second thought.
Next year we are planning on an addition to our home (room over garage) and will definitely engage Steve.. no second thoughts about who will work on it!!!!