3 Ways a Cowork Space Will Elevate Your Home-Based Business

3 Ways a Cowork Space Will Elevate Your Home-Based Business

Are you a home-based business working from your kitchen table and meeting clients at local coffee shops? Are you needing more separation between work and home life? If so, a cowork space could be exactly what you need!

Keep reading for three ways moving into a cowork office could take your small business to the next level.

Semi-Private Work Area in a Cowork Space

#1: Entrepreneur Networking

What are coworking spaces filled with? Entrepreneurs! And those entrepreneurs can connect you with more entrepreneurs, allowing you to quickly grow your network of like-minded people. Having this network of people who understand all that goes into starting your own business is extremely valuable. We always say “the future of business lies in collaborating” and it couldn’t be more true!

#2: Business Professionalism

Taking your business out of your home and into an office setting adds credibility to your small business. However, renting a full office is often not an option, which is why renting a cowork space is a great solution. Though meeting at coffee shops is fine, having your own space where clients can come to you allows you to be as efficient as possible with your time. No more being stuck in traffic on your way to meet a client, only to realize you forgot your laptop charger at home. Having one dedicated zone for all of your business-related tasks allows you to focus your time and energy on growing your business.

#3: Workplace Culture

A coworking space is a natural entrepreneurial environment. This type of environment nurtures creativity and is designed for small business owners. All the small details of running an office are taken care of, meaning you can just show up and get started! Though not all coworking spaces are created equally, most have the basic features like coffee/tea, wifi, and office furniture included in the monthly rent. All you have to do is choose the one that best suits your needs!

Regardless of your work style, you can likely find a cowork space that will work for your business needs. Some are more open and suited to collaborating and working in groups, while some are more suited to individuals who would like more quiet or privacy.

Open Work Area in a Cowork Space

If this all sounds great to you, you’re in luck! We still have some furnished private offices for rent in our Sherwood Park office (photo below). These offices come with all the perks of a traditional cowork space, but you have your own private office with the option to work in our open lounge whenever you want. This gives you the freedom to be in a collaborative environment, or to work by yourself in your own office. Of course, unlimited coffee, high-speed wifi, free parking, and access to our lounge is all provided to you in order to give you the best workspace possible.

Curious to see what we have to offer? Check out our options here.

Rivet Cowork Space in Sherwood Park
Private Office for Rent Here at Rivet

5 Tips for Branding Your Commercial Space

5 Tips for Branding Your Commercial Space

5 tips for branding your commercial space
 Emerald Hills Eye Care in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

We have now completed two out of three workshops in our series with ATB. In these sessions, we have talked a lot about how important it is that your space reflects your brand and have given some tips on what to know before hiring a contractor and a designer.

Follow these 5 tips and hire a great team to work with to create a space that is aligned with your brand.

branding your commercial space
The Cooperators Insurance in Sherwood Park, Alberta

5 Branding Tips for Your Space:

  1. See from the client’s point of view.

    Every experience your client has in your space, you want to be a positive one. Your design should not be focused on what you like, personal tastes need to be put aside when it comes to your business.

    Ask yourself this: What are their 5 senses, hear, see, smell, taste, feel, telling them as they walk through your door? Does that reflect your brand and the experience you are hoping that your clients or potential clients are having?


  2. Make sure your space is unique and memorable.

    You want to stand out from the rest and have your space be the one people talk about. Create a space that gets people talking and watch ‘word of mouth’ take your business to the next level.

    When you think of your space, what features come to mind that set you apart from the rest? Space utilization is key here. You want your layout to function as best possible to be a reflection your brand. Unfamiliar with space utilization? Join us at our third workshop to learn more.


  3. Have a great bathroom.

    This is a space where your design is fully taken in without distractions. A trend companies have been following is making sure they have memorable bathrooms. Have a mirror people want to take selfies in? Even better. You want this space to look great, reflect your brand, and be impressively clean.

    You remember the best and worst of bathrooms you encounter, the rest leave no impression.


  4. Think of your ideal client.

    Choose your favourite client. Think about them, their frustrations, their challenges and most importantly, their expectations.

    If you are a clothing shop with a target audience of young moms in their 30s and 40s, you’re going to want to have fitting rooms that can accommodate enough space for a stroller and seating suitable for young children. If your target audience is women in their 50s and 60s, this would look much different.


  5. Give your brand a personality.

    Would your ideal client be friends with your brand? Serious, playful, responsible, relaxed, formal… try to personify your business. You want your brand’s personality to show through the design of your space.

    When you think of your space, do any specific personality traits come to mind? Do these traits align with your brand values?


5 Tips for Branding your commercial Space
The Cooperators Insurance in Sherwood Park, Alberta
Sound like a lot to take on? You don’t have to do it all yourself! Hiring a contractor and an interior designer can make your dreams a reality, not to mention save you a lot of time and headaches.

Hiring a Great Team:


Before hiring a contractor, check out our blog on questions to ask beforehand. Getting all of these questions answered up front will allow you to make the best decision on who to trust with your brand. Check out their past work, ask tons of questions, and make sure all expectations are clear from the beginning. If there are proper complete drawings for your project, it protects you from contractors taking short cuts.

Main thing to take away, get everything in writing.

Interior Designer

A designer and a decorator are different. A decorator provides space layouts, finishings, and physical work. In addition to the tasks of a decorator, a designer can provide construction drawings (for permits and applications) and knows current codes and regulations. Keep in mind however, that the physical part of design may not be done by the designer, though it may be offered as an additional service.

Ask for examples of their past work, ask your questions, and discuss everything at the beginning to manage expectations.

Have a vision for your space but don’t know where to start? Help is here! Head to rivetmanagement.com/contact-us/ for more information.

Construction Terminology Cheat Sheet

Construction Terminology Cheat Sheet

construction terminology cheat sheet

Does construction lingo sound like a foreign language & make you feel overwhelmed at times? You’re not alone! Whether you’re new to construction or an old pro, we’ve put together a refresher on some of the most common terms you will come across during the construction process!

Clear communication is crucial for a successful renovation. This guide will help you know what to expect and will give you the confidence to navigate this sometimes daunting process!

Abatement- A process where asbestos or contaminated material is removed from an area by setting up containment facilities to remove it safely without contaminating the surrounding areas.

Acoustic ceiling tile- A common ceiling system that is typically installed in a grid. The grid is typically a metal grid and hung from hangers from the structure above.

AFF (Above finished floor)- Used on construction plans and contract documents to indicate an elevation above the finished floor.

Apron-  A piece of driveway between sidewalk and curb.

Asbestos- There are several minerals commonly known as asbestos. These minerals can be used to make products strong, long-lasting and fire-resistant. The problem with asbestos is the small strands that make it up can stick to key parts of the body and can cause cancer when inhaled. Many regulations have been introduced in order to properly dispose of the material.

Back fill- The replacement of dirt in holes, trenches and around foundations.

Back water valve- A backflow prevention device used to prevent outbound water through a dwelling’s drain pipes from re-entering into a home.

Barrier free- Accessible, universal, and inclusive designs that create a built environment usable by everyone.

Baseboards- Usually wooden or vinyl board covering the lowest part of an interior wall. Its purpose is to cover the joint between the wall surface and the floor.

Board foot- The equivalent of a board 1’ square and 1” thick

Building envelope- The physical separator between the conditioned and unconditioned environment of a building including the resistance to air, water, heat, light, and noise transfer.

Butt joint- These are just two pieces of wood attached perpendicularly to each other, often with nails or screws. They can be perfectly good joints but will have no structural integrity on their own.

Cantilevered-  Extending horizontally beyond support.

Casing- A type of molding, typically used to trim the perimeter of windows and doors.

Cement- The gray powder that is the “glue” in concrete

Chamfer- A transitional edge between two faces of an object. Often created at a 45° angle between two adjoining right-angled faces.

Change directive- A document typically issued by the consultant or owner to the contractor in order to instruct them to carry out work. This puts the contractor in a position where they must carry out the work and provide pricing.

Change order (CO)- A change order is work that is added to or deleted from the original scope of work of a contract. It may or may not alter the original contract amount and/or completion date.

Chase- A framed, enclosed space or channel in a wall, or through a ceiling for something (usually duct work or plumbing) to pass through.

Clean out-  A capped opening providing access to a drain line, used to clear blockages.

Concrete- A mixture of cement, sand, gravel, and water

Contingency- Additional time or money allocated to a construction project in order to mitigate risk related to specific items.

Control joint- Tooled, straight grooves made in concrete flatwork to “control” where the concrete should crack.

Corner bead- Trim that you apply to an outside corner or reveal on drywall to protect an exposed corner and create a clean edge.

Course- 1. A row of shingles or roll roofing running the length of the roof. 2. A row of block or


Cripple- Short vertical framing member installed above or below an opening.

Critical path- A sequence of stages where you figure out what the least amount of time is necessary to complete a task with the least amount of slack.

Curtainwall-  An exterior surface mounted to the outside of the building which is designed to withstand force, but not take any of the buildings dead load. Typically made of a metal frame with glass inserts.

Cut sheet- A set of data on a product or material that is pre-manufactured, like washroom accessories and light fixtures.

Demising wall- A wall that separates two adjacent tenants or a tenant from one of the building’s common areas. It divides two separate real estate entities from each other.

Drywall return- U-shaped molding applied to a window to accept drywall.

Ductwork- Sheet metal or plastic tube structures that carry air throughout a complex for distribution in heating and air conditioning systems (HVAC).

Easement- A formal contract which allows a party to use another party’s property for a specific purpose.

Egress- A means of exiting the home. An egress window is required in every bedroom.

Elbow- A plumbing or electrical fitting that lets you change directions in runs of pipe or conduit.

Elevation sheet- The page on the blue prints that depicts the house as if a person is

looking straight at each of the sides (there is no perspective in this drawing).

Fan coil unit- A simple device consisting of a heating and/or cooling heat exchanger or ‘coil’ and fan. It is part of an HVAC system found in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.

Fascia- Lumber (usually 2×6) attached to rafter/truss ends at the eaves and outriggers at the gables.

Finger joint- A manufacturing process of interlocking two shorter pieces of wood end to end to

create a longer piece of dimensional lumber or molding.

Fire stop- (1) A solid, tight closure of a concealed space, placed to prevent the spread of fire

and smoke through such a space. (2) All work performed to slow the spread of fire and smoke

in the walls and ceiling (behind the drywall).

Fish tape- A long strip of spring steel used for pulling wires and cables through conduit or enclosed wall, ceiling or floor cavities.

Flashing-  Sheet metal or other material used in roof and wall construction to protect a building

from water seepage.

Flatwork- Common word for concrete floors, driveways, basements, and sidewalks.

Footing- Continuous thick concrete pad installed before and supporting the stem

(foundation) wall or a post.

Formwork- Acts as walls or retaining barriers for when concrete is installed. Similar concept to the walls of a pool, keeping the concrete in until it sets and solidifies.

Foundation- The lowest point in a building which typically carries the load of the upper structure. The most common foundation type is concrete and or concrete block.

Gable- The end, upper, triangular area of a home, beneath the roof

Galvanize- A method of preventing rust on steel and making it more durable to the elements.

Gantt chart- The default display for most schedules and scheduling software. Project activities are listed along the Y-Axis. Along the X-Axis is the project timeline (by day, month, quarter, year etc). The bars that are displayed represent the duration of a given activity.

Glazing- The act of installing glass in windows, doors or fixed openings.

Grade- Ground level, or the elevation at any given point.

Grain- The direction, size, arrangement, appearance, or quality of the fibers in wood.

Header- The horizontal structural member over an opening (e.g. over a door or window).

Hip roof-  A roof that rises by inclined planes from all four sides of a building

Hollow steel section (HSS)- A square like piece of steel that is hollow on the interior. Typically used in structural supports.

HVAC- An abbreviation for Heat, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.

I beam- A beam with a cross section resembling the letter I.

Jamb- The side and head lining of a doorway

Joint- The location between the touching surfaces of two members or components joined and

held together by nails, glue, cement, mortar, or other means.

Joist- A length of timber or steel supporting part of the structure of a building, typically arranged in parallel series to support a floor or ceiling and perpendicular to a beam.

Laminate- May be any material, but typically they are made of veneers, which are thin sheets of wood. The advantage to a laminate is that they help to lower the overall construction cost.

Lath- A building material of metal wire that is fastened to the frame of a building to act as a base for stucco or plaster.

Ledger- A structural member attached to the face of a wall which supports a joist or truss.

Load bearing wall- Any wall that carries structural load

LVL (laminated veneered lumber)- A structural material composed of multiple layers of thin wood veneer.

Masonry- Stone, brick, concrete, hollow-tile, concrete block, or other similar building units or

materials. Normally bonded together with mortar to form a wall.

Mdf (medium density fiber board)- A manufactured wood product made of fine saw dust

and resin.

Melamine- Melamine laminate is a hard resin commonly used as an overlay for building materials like MDF or plywood.

Millwork- Generally all building materials made of finished wood and manufactured in millwork plants.

Miter joint- The joint of two pieces at an angle that bisects the joining angle.

Modular construction- The act of building off site in a separate facility. Some of the benefits are improved quality control, reduced costs and rework.

Mortar- Mortar or grout is a cement-like product installed between the joints of bricks in order to keep them together.

Muntin- A small member which divides the glass or openings of sash or doors.

Nosing- The projecting front edge of a stair tread.

On center (OC)- The measurement of spacing for studs, rafters, joists and trusses in a building from the center of one member to the center of the next.

Osb (oriented strand board)- A manufactured 4′ X 8′ wood panel made out of 1″- 2″

wood chips and glue. Often used as a substitute for plywood.

Particle board-  Plywood substitute made of course sawdust that is mixed with resin and

pressed into sheets.

Pigtail- The electrical cord installed on an appliance, or another name for an electrical splitter.

Pilot hole- A small diameter pre-drilled hole to guide a nail or screw.

Plot plan– An overhead view plan that shows the location of the home on the lot and includes

all easements, property lines, set backs, and legal descriptions of the home.

Post tension- The act of making a concrete reinforced slab stronger by adding rods. They are then tightened and put in tension after the concrete has cured.

Primer- A base layer of paint typically used as a first coat.

Q-deck- The term “Q-Deck” has become synonymous with many different types of decking much like the term ‘Kleenex’ has come to be known for any type of tissue paper. Metal floor and roof deck is available in many types, heights, and thicknesses but builders that use the term “Q-Deck” often are not sure what type of deck they are talking about.  The truth is – there is no such thing as Q-Deck!  Our research has determined that the term “Q-Deck” most likely refers to the Robertson “Q” decking series manufactured as far back as the 1960’s.  Unfortunately though, this description has now come to be a generic description of any type of metal deck

Quarter cut/quarter sawn- A method of cutting wood whereby the logs are sawn into lumber. Have greater stability of form and size with less cupping, shrinkage across the width, shake and splitting.

Radiant panels- Wall and ceiling-mounted radiant panels typically made of aluminum and can be heated with either electricity or with tubing that carries hot water.

Rated wall- These walls range from fire walls, fire barriers, fire partitions, smoke barriers, to smoke partitions. Each wall and opening protective have different test standards that they need to pass.

Rebar- Long metal rods added to concrete in order to increase the strength of it in tension.

Reflected ceiling plan- Shows any objects that are located in or on the ceiling. It is a mirror image (reflected) view of the floor plan.

Rim joist- A joist that runs around the perimeter of the floor joists

Riser- Each of the vertical boards closing the spaces between the treads of stairways.

RTU- A piece of mechanical equipment that is designed to heat, cool, ventilate by providing air flow for any combination of the three. The RTU is located on the roof, and is therefore a roof top unit.

Running bond- A method of laying tile, stone or brick where stones are staggered on top of each other in halves in order to create an offset pattern.

Scaffold- A temporary structure typically installed in order to provide access to elevated spaces.

Scratch coat- The first coat of stucco, which is scratched to form a bond for a second coat.

Screed- To level off concrete to the correct elevation during a concrete pour.

Scribing- Cutting and fitting woodwork to an irregular surface.

Sheathing/sheeting- The structural wood diaphragm covering, usually OSB, used over studs,

floor joists or rafters/trusses of a structure.

Shoring- The act of reinforcing something with a structure in order to maintain the stability.

Sill- (1) The 2X wood plate framing member that lays flat against and bolted to the foundation

Wall. (2) The member forming the lower side of an opening, as a door sill or window sill.

Site plan- A plan provided that reflects existing and proposed conditions on a site that is intended for construction.

Spandrel span- The area between the clear vision glass of two floors that spans the floor slab. Typically done to keep people from seeing the concrete structure behind.

Stacked bond- A method of laying brick or tile where all of the joints are in line and bricks/tile are stacked directly on top of one another.

Stops- Moldings along the inner edges of a door or window frame.

Stringer- The supporting member for stair treads. Usually a LVL member notched to receive

the treads and risers.

Supplemental instruction (SI)- Commonly used to resolve minor issues in construction documents as long as the change does not affect contract time or money.

T-bar/suspended ceiling- A ceiling system supported by hanging it from the overhead structural framing.

Toe-nailing- To drive a nail in at an angle to connect two members.

Transfer grill (jump duct)- The grill covered opening through a wall or ceiling used for

air pressure balancing.

Truss- An engineered and manufactured roof or floor support member with internal “zig-zag”


VAV box- Variable air volume is a type of HVAC system that varies the airflow at a constant temperature.

Veneer- (1) Extremely thin sheets of wood. (2) A thin slice of wood, brick or stone covering a

framed wall.

Water closet- Fancy name for a bathroom containing a flush toilet.

Weld- The act of heating two members of steel up to a very high temperature in order to fuse them together.

Window return- Used on windows where no trim will be installed.

Witches hat (roof jack)- Sleeves that fit around roof penetrations at the roof sheeting to prevent water leaks.

 If you’ve made it this far, congratulations- you are now an expert in construction terminology! You’re bound to hear these throughout the construction process, and now you can start using them yourself. If there are any others we’ve missed or that you’d like further clarification on, please reach out to us at [email protected]!

It’s Not Just About the Food! How Instagram Is Changing the Restaurant Game

It's Not Just About the Food! How Instagram is Changing the Restaurant Game

Headquarters Restaurant + Bar in Sherwood Park, Alberta

Looking for a new go-to spot for after work cocktails? Want to try out the latest Sunday brunch restaurant? How about a spot for a well-deserved night out? Where we would once head to google to do our detective work, we now find ourselves heading straight to our favourite app, Instagram, to see what local restaurants we should add to our must-try list!

According to an article by The Independent UK, 18-35 year-olds spend 5 whole days a year browsing food images on Instagram, and 30% would avoid a restaurant if their Instagram presence was weak. Not only can a strong presence be beneficial to your business, but not having one can be equally as damaging!

In a time where people are sharing their opinions (and lives) online, it’s key to have a space that inspires people to spread the word! Good lighting, fun colours & wallpaper, clever neon signs & custom tile are just some of the factors that make a space “instagrammable”.


Ask yourself– Does your backdrop entice people to raise a glass and share a boomerang? Does the lighting make our space look bright and airy? What part of your space creates a lasting impression? Would this cheeky sign inspire people to take a photo in front of it? Is your bathroom mirror-selfie ready? (let’s dive into this another time – stay tuned) We kept this in mind when we transformed Headquarters Restaurant & Bar in Sherwood Park. The vision of this space was to cater to existing clientele while attracting a new dinner crowd within the community. We partnered with local vendors, including E2 Designs and YEG Woodworks to add character and truly brand the newly renovated restaurant. Read more about this remodel on our website

We work with businesses to increase profits by creating a purposefully branded, unique and memorable environment. You need a team that has the know-how, connections and expertise to stand out from the crowd. That is why Savvy-owners, who also crave peace of mind, retain Rivet to lead their projects. You know they’ll talk about the food – let’s make sure they’re talking about the space and the experience, too!

Rivet Management knows how to create the restaurant of your dreams while ensuring style and functionality are top priority. 

Contact us today at [email protected] or (780) 243- 5115 to get started on your next project!


Construction Processes and Stages

Construction Processes and Stages


Ready to start construction? First you have to determine the contract style you want! Here are 3 typical contract styles you can use, along with their pros and cons!


Quote – based on your questions and the information above, get a detailed quote from them that specifically includes answers to the items above.  If it’s not in writing then it can’t be proven.

  • Some contractors get their prices low by only giving small allowances or pricing based on cheapest options. If you don’t have specific drawings and finishes selected how do you know what the price includes?? Some contractors also keep their prices low by not including much supervision by a qualified person on the job site. Ask who the superintendent will be, what their experience is and how often they will be on site. Ensure the details are included in writing.

  • Another scam we have seen is where they don’t complete their finishing to proper standards – which, again, can’t be proven if it isn’t detailed. Example – for a proper finished look, exposed sides of tiled areas should be finished with schluter (metal trim piece). Some contractors will cheap out on these details which can affect the functionality and overall finish of the space.  If there are proper complete drawings for your project it protects you from contractors taking short cuts.

This is a typical process by your contractor if you select a Fixed Price contract – note: it can still vary slightly depending on contract style.

  • Create scope of work documents for each segment of work, detailing specifics of what each trade should include in their prices

  • Tender call to a qualified list of trades

  • Issue addenda and clarifications during bidding period (if you have a separate designer, your designer would do this upon each of the contractor’s requests and may charge for it)

  • Review and analyze all trade and material bids, and finalize project pricing

  • Any re-tendering or requests for alternate pricing/bids (often at additional costs)

  • Upon pricing approval, contractor will issue a contract to be signed by you and them and will collect deposits

  • Send out letters of intent to successful trade and material bids to ensure time and materials are set aside

  • Complete all trade contracts

  • Apply for all permits

  • Prepare all change order requests to prime contract or trade contracts

  • Ensure site safety requirements and documentation is completed

  • Supervise all client site visits due to safety requirements.

  • Ensure site supervision and site cleanliness

  • Manage budget and send budget updates to client (budget updates only with cost plus or owners rep contracts, for fixed price contracts you will only have change orders)

  • Ensure all inspections are completed and passed

  • Collect all as built drawings

  • If acting as owners rep – review progress claims and issue certificates of payment for your approval

  • Facilitate site meetings as required

  • Complete a final inspection and compile deficiency list

  • Issue substantial completion document

  • Collect schedule C’s and occupancy certificate

  • Key turnover

Make sure you review the different types of contracts, and what is involved in each one, to manage your expectations during the construction process!

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Construction Manager (Contractor)

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Construction Manager (Contractor)


It’s the contractor that can make (or break) your remodelling project. We have put together a list of essential questions you should be asking potential contractors before the deal is signed! Are they properly certified to be working in your space? Not only is it essential for you to know the answers to this question, but your landlord will likely also ask for copies of your documents. Collecting them early will save you time and hassle!


  • Do they have a business licence in the municipality where your project will be built?  Ask for a copy. If they don’t it could cause delays in permit applications and inspections.

  • Do they have a pre-paid license? (this is required to protect any deposits you pay and is a required license in Alberta) Ask for a copy. This is part of the fair trade agreement.  It requires contractors to provide a bond to the province to protect any violations including violations pertaining to your deposit


  • Do they have valid WCB? Ask for a copy. If they do not have valid WCB and someone gets hurt in your space you will be liable and both you and the contractor could be fined and sued.

  • Do they have liability insurance?  How much? Ask for a copy. If they do not have sufficient coverage and there is damages you will be liable.  The minimum is usually 2million and upwards.

  • Do you require special bonding or performance guarantees (usually for much larger projects)?  These add costs to the project but for large projects you should confirm your contractor has or is able to obtain these prior to spending much time discussing the project.


  • References!!! Written references are great, but talk to their past clients – ideally someone who has had a similar sized or type of project as what you are doing. Ask questions about if they were on budget? On time? Did they have a long deficiency list at turnover? Did they complete the deficiencies quickly? Were they easy to work with? Were there issues between the contractor and the designer? Have their been warranty issues? If so how did the contractor deal with them? Has the follow up service been good? Did they provide a maintenance manual and schedule?

  • Pictures of past projects

  • What size of projects do they have experience with?  Are they in a similar industry?

  • Physically go and look at some of their completed work – look at the seams and joints on millwork, look at paint finishes, look at corners of countertops for crisp finishing.  Look at how particular they are in finishing their work. Those are the details you can’t always see in a picture.

Contract Terms

  • What parts of the work will their own staff do?  What is the rate for this (unless it is a complete fixed price contract)?  What portions of work will be subcontracted out? How will they ensure the capabilities of those subcontracts?  

  • What contract will they be using?  Ideally get your lawyer to review this.

  • What are the payment term expectations?  

  • Will they provide a statutory declaration at project completion?  This is a sworn legal document where they attest to paying all expenses to do with your project.  If they do not pay their bills or subcontractors liens can be placed on your premise. This document protects you from this.  If contractors or suppliers put on liens it can often be a breach to your lease agreement or if you own your premises can affect financing or property sales.

  • Do they have a safety program?  Are they COR or SECOR certified?  (safety certifications for construction companies in Alberta)

  • Are you able to view the site during construction?  Having some site visit access is great – it’s exciting for you to see progress, and also to ensure everything is coming together as you envision.  However, unlimited access is unrealistic and not safe.


  • If you are getting a tenant improvement allowance from your landlord you will need to clarify with them when they will issue those funds – often it isn’t until the project is 100% complete and until your contractor provides a statutory declaration.  Your contractor typically will not provide this until they are paid in full. You may need interim financing for this amount.

  • If you are getting draws from your financing institution you should provide the requirements for each draw to your contractor and ensure they are ok with the payment schedule and terms.

Make sure you know the answers to these questions before hiring a contractor. It is important that you are comfortable with them, that you trust them in your home, and that you have confidence they will complete the project as they promised!