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8 Signs Your Home Builder Isn’t Right for You

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Having your home built or renovated requires trusting the people doing the job, otherwise it will become excessively expensive and stressful. Knowing how to choose a builder is the first step before you think about breaking ground. Not all builders are the same, so know what to look for and recognize the signs when a contractor is not right for you. Insurance and License Start with the essentials. Never hire... Read more »

Home Renovation – Lack of Planning and Design Will Cost You Big Time

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Everyone wants their home renovations to be on time and under budget, right? Of course! Believe it or not, so do construction companies. At least the good ones do. There are so many horror stories about home renovations going wrong that they’ve even spawned their own “reality” TV shows. Most of us know some homeowners who overpaid, didn’t get what they wanted, or seemed to find themselves trapped in a... Read more »

Building New vs Large Scale Renovations

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In the last couple of years the Lower Mainland has seen a substantial jump in real estate values that have significantly outpaced the costs of construction. Homeowners often wonder if they should stay put and renovate or sell and build a new custom home. Which provides more value? Let’s examine the building new vs renovating toss-up and the things that both processes have in common. You Can’t Skip the Design... Read more »

Top 5 Reasons You Should Work with a Design Builder

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When planning to build a new home or undertake a renovation, there are two schools of thought about how to approach it. One is the design-bid-build approach, where you appoint an architect or professional designer to design your home and then put it out to construction contractors for tender.You then select the contractor with the best bid to build your home. The other approach is to use the services of... Read more »

Ten Things You Need to Know When Hiring a Contractor

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At one time or another, we all need help from a professional; be it a doctor, lawyer, accountant or realtor. Home renovations are no different. Even the DIY “handyman” homeowner sometimes needs help from a renovation contractor for larger or more complex jobs. Whether you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, renovate your basement suite, or build an addition, hiring a contractor with proper skills and expertise will ensure the job... Read more »

Benefits of Feasibility Studies for Home Renovations

When planning for home renovations, excitement takes hold and it’s so easy to get carried away by the vision of what you want. There’s nothing wrong with imaginative ideas or dreaming of a great end result. But the planning must also keep its proverbial feet on the ground and go hand in hand with establishing the project’s achievability. A huge part of the initial planning stage that many homeowners fail... Read more »

Custom Home Build Contracts – Cost-plus VS Fixed Fee

You have decided to build a new custom home or renovate your existing one. Now you are trying to work out what the best type of construction process and contract is to choose. Custom Home Build Contract Choices The two main choices are cost-plus and fixed fee. Cost-plus means that all the labor, materials, and management cost are added up and multiplied by a percentage to get the total amount... Read more »

What’s Best: Home Renovations or Building from Scratch?

To renovate your existing home or build a whole new house from scratch… that is indeed the question! And one that’s asked time and time again by homeowners who want to change their living space in a fairly major way, but aren’t sure which route to take. Before solving the conundrum, make sure that you know the most important issues to consider in helping you arrive at the decision that... Read more »

What to Consider before Building a Custom Home

If you’ve been looking for a house but haven’t found one that suits your needs, consider the advantages of a custom home. There are huge benefits in being able to make a home your own in every way, beginning with the selection and customization of a unique plan with the help of professional designers who truly know the ropes. A custom home lets you get exactly what you want in... Read more »

Understanding the One, Ten, One Hundred Rule in Home Renovations

For most people, making a few small changes on paper doesn’t seem like a major deal, but once the planning part of your home renovations is completed and the construction phase is actually underway, even a relatively minor tweak can represent more time and money than you might think. One straightforward way to consider the consequences of making changes midstream is demonstrated by the One, Ten, One Hundred Rule. Here... Read more »

WHAT THEY SAY

Some Testimonials from Our Past Clients

It is a pleasure to recommend Kerr Construction whom we have known through a major renovation contract last year. We are quite impressed with his...

I & M, Vancouver

All the support posts for our carport were rotten and needed to be replaced. The estimator from Kerr came over and reviewed the project. We...

Neil, Vancouver

HomeStars Review

We totally renovated our 100 year old Kitsilano Craftsman home. We had to fire the first contractor as he was charging by the hour and...

D.S., Kitsilano

Houzz Review

When you invite somebody in your home to do a renovation whether its big or small you want to make sure that you have somebody...

Kirk & Ellie, Vancouver

This is the best team I have ever worked with. I am most satisfied with Kerr’s prompt response and unflappable approach when there were problems,...

Vancouver, BC

GuildQuality Review

This letter will confirm that Kerr Construction has done many jobs for the Justice Institute and we have found his work to be of first...

P.W., Vancouver

Kerr Construction did a major renovation on our home, we got exactly what we wanted with no corners cut. The job took a little longer...

B.C., Vancouver

Homestars Review

Kerr Construction has given us our dream kitchen and more. Our renovation included the removal of a wall between the kitchen and dining room, the...

Jenney L., Vancouver

As the owner of a forty-unit apartment building located at 230 Ash Street in New Westminster, we have recently replaced the entire building envelope. In...

G.B., Vancouver

I had mold in my bathroom, which I was quite concerned about. I called Kerr Construction to do an estimate on dealing with that and...

T. L., Burnaby

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