Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to build a home?
This question mainly depends on the type of project being completed. For the usual homes that we complete (second storey home additions with interior renovation) they usually take around 6 months to complete, from demolition to you moving in.
Of course, if the home addition is more extensive in scope it will certainly take more time to complete, but below are the approximate durations for the different types of projects we complete.
Of course, these numbers may change depending on how prepared the client is, the access to the project area, the times we are allowed to work, and many more variables. It is also important to note that if the client is undergoing a major renovation (home addition or full interior renovation) they will not be able to live in their home and will have to find other accommodations.
Do you complete other renovations besides bathrooms, basements, kitchens?
Yes, we complete in-between work such as clearing walls, installing drywall, tiling, and many other jobs. It just so happens that a lot of these tasks are included in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements!
Can you give me a price without drawings?
The short answer is yes, but the price range given will change based on what is seen in the permit drawings. We can give you a ballpark estimate that will give you a gauge for what you are dealing with, which is usually a good starting point for people to work with when figuring out what they can include in the scope of their project.
Do I need a permit for smaller jobs?
For any job that changes the layout of your home, whether that be taking out a wall or remodeling your basement, you need a permit. Fortunately, the city of Toronto has a fastrack program that allows you to get the permits for some projects in existing one or two person dwellings within a few weeks.
The following projects are eligible for the fastrack program:
- Additions with cumulative areas up to 100 m2 on all floor levels
- Minor interior alterations
- Second suite to residential dwellings
- Conversion from up to 3 residential units to a single family dwelling
- Decks, verandahs, porches and canopies
- Garages and carports
- Accessory structures (such as gazebos and storage sheds)
- Basement entrances, underpinning
- Pool fence enclosures
- Fire damage repairs
- Plumbing permits for residential dwellings
- HVAC for Residential FASTRACK permits after issuance of related building permits
- revisions to Residential FASTRACK Permits
How long do permits take to get?
This depends on the specifics of the project. Large home additions that are significantly changing the footprint and interior are subject to a longer review process to ensure that the new structure will be structurally sound. We have had many of our clients wait for over 4 months to get the permit drawings to start their projects. This question is really on a case-by-case basis and cannot be answered until the scope of the project is disclosed.
Additionally, if the project goes to committee of adjustment for any reason this will also delay the process.
Do you provide a warranty for your work?
Yes, we provide a 2 year warranty for all work completed, and is something needed to be in good standing with BILD and Renomark, which are the two organizations we are affiliated with that only accept builders that are legitimate and have everything in order to renovate or build a home.
Do you flip homes for people?
We are very experienced working with clients that flip homes, having completed over 15 home flips since the inception of BVM Contracting. We understand that these projects are a very popular investment opportunity, and we can provide superior general contracting services to ensure that you turn a profit on your investment.
Please note that we are only able to flip homes that retain a certain area of the existing home’s footprint (a wall with the existing foundation for example), which considers the project a home addition and not a new home.
Do you do commercial work?
We have not yet moved into completing commercial work, but have plans to do so as a part of our growth plan.
Do you offer financing?
We currently do not offer financing for projects, but there are many options for you as the owner of a home. This includes taking out a line of credit, taking out a home equity loan, or using your savings.