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Choosing a Contractor, Designer or Supplier

Finding the perfect partners for your renovation may seem overwhelming, but consultants at Kitchen & Bath Classics and Wolseley Studio can help you find the best fit! Here are our recommendations for finding a contractor, designer or supplier.


The most important in finding a contractor is selecting someone with experience in renovating the room(s) you want to renovate. If you have a friend or neighbour who recently renovated their bathroom or kitchen, ask them about their tradespersons. You can also look at online reviews of contractors for honest recommendations from their past clients, or ask if you can visit their current job site to see their work first-hand. This will help you compile an initial list of contractors. You should also:

  • See if the contractor or their company has any disciplinary history by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of your province.
  • Check that the contractor is fully licensed to work in your area, and is registered, bonded and insured

From the initial information you gather, the next step is to get quotes from your top three choices. After determining the cost, you should also take time to reflect on your comfort level with each contractor and their team. Your instincts will guide you to make the right choice based on a combination of price and comfort level.


Like with contractors, asking friends for recommendations is a great place to start. If you have already selected your contractor, ask them if they work with a decorator. Since they will be working closely together, an established relationship will be beneficial. You should also look for a decorator who is:

  • A good listener. Are they listening to what you want to see with the renovation or do they push their own preferences?
  • Experienced with many connections in the industry. These connections could result in discounts for you or better quality designs
  • A qualified professional with an impressive list of completed projects

You should also look at their portfolio. If you are inspired by it and like their style, then they are the decorator for you.


Oftentimes, contractors and decorators have a list of suppliers they prefer to work with, which is great news for you! These long-standing relationships provide contractors and decorators with discounts and preferred treatment that translate to lowered costs for your project.

If, however, you do not like what a recommended supplier has to offer, don’t feel pressured to stick with them. You’re free to choose another supplier. We recommend looking for suppliers who:

  • Offer Energy Star rated appliances, fittings and fixtures
  • Have a good reputation with contractors and decorators.
  • Have an impressive showroom with products you enjoy
  • Offer a wide range of styles, at a variety of prices

It’s also important to ask your preferred supplier about their deposit, payment and delivery policies. If a store requires you to pay-in-full and upfront or does not guarantee delivery times, check for another supplier that offers the products you want for a smoother experience.

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