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Hire Premier to Replace Outdated Plumbing

A lot of people tend to forget that plumbing isn’t made to last forever. It seems like, as long as no disaster has struck, everything must be running smoothly inside the walls of your home. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Once your plumbing is 30+ years old, you need to replace outdated plumbing. Here’s why.

Remove Risk of Flooding

The longer your plumbing has been around, the more at risk you are for flooding. The reason for that is because, over time, your pipes will begin to rust and will weaken. This can lead to joints breaking or cold weather being the last straw. Your pipes can burst, leading to massive indoor floods, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

When your home floods, it can make it necessary to completely replace wood flooring, rip carpet up and replace it and the subfloor, tear down drywall and gut the walls to replace insulation, among other things. Water can cause such insurmountable damage to a home that it’s always worth the price of caring for your plumbing. Otherwise, you can end up with rotting subfloors or black mold growing in your walls. Replacing old plumbing can ensure your home goes without floods for another 30 years.

Save Money on Water

There’s a lot to be said about old plumbing, but one thing people rarely mention is how much water it wastes. When your plumbing is old and outdated, you can waste money in a number of ways.

  • Every time you have to sit with the water running, waiting for it to heat up because your pipes are badly insulated or your water heater isn’t working right anymore, you’re wasting money. Getting your pipes insulated can save you money without needing to replace the plumbing.
  • When pipe joints weaken, they can get leaks, wasting water and causing damage that will need to be fixed. Repairing the damage caused by old pipes can amount to more than replacement costs.
  • Old plumbing fixtures can use way more water than necessary because of bad design. Replacing old plumbing fixtures, such as sink faucets, or installing plumbing retrofits can reduce your water usage by over 30%.

Protect Your Health

Another thing people often don’t realize about old plumbing is that it can be detrimental to your health. As years go by, we learn more and more about what’s safe for our health. If your plumbing is old, there’s a good chance there are unsafe materials used in their makeup. For instance, did you know a lot of old plumbing has lead in it? If you have old plumbing, you may be consuming trace amounts of lead on a regular basis.

Even if you don’t have lead in your water, you may be ingesting other things that aren’t good for your health. Rusty pipes leave trace amounts of rust in the water that passes through them. You don’t want to be drinking that either.

Replace Outdated Plumbing

If you’re considering having a professional replace outdated plumbing, the question really is whether you’re willing to invest in your future. Taking your health and money into consideration, it’s worth it to have plumbing updated. If you’re ready to take the next step, give us a call at Premier Group Contractors and we’ll discuss the ways we can improve your plumbing situation.

How Remodeling a Kitchen Improves Home Resale Value

If you’re planning to put your house on the market any time in the near future, there are some things you should know about maximizing resale value. First, what does it mean to maximize resale value? Well, simply put, if you make certain upgrades to your home, your overall selling price will be raised by more than the cost of the upgrade. That means you’re making money. Certain home improvements are worth investing in, while others won’t make a significant enough difference to be worth the time and money. Here’s how remodeling a kitchen improves home resale value.

Better Appliances Improve Home Resale Value

The first thing you need to do when considering a kitchen remodel is take a look at your appliances. There are a lot of different kinds of kitchen appliances. Even over the last ten years, trends in kitchen appliances have changed dramatically. The most important thing to consider when deciding whether or not to replace appliances is appearance and functionality.

If your stove is functional, has no hiccups during use, but looks like it was made in the 80s, you need to replace it. You can always sell the existing stove or put it in storage and take it with you, if you don’t want to scrap it. However, keeping appliances that age your home can make it difficult to sell.

If your fridge looks fantastic, is sleek and black and modern, but the water dispenser is broken or it makes a worrisome noise, replace it. When people come in to check out the house, they will notice weird noises and they will be scared off by them. Ensuring your appliances look nice, appear to be from this decade, and are in working order is a necessity.

Appeal to Current Styles

The next thing is making sure to appeal to current styles. When you remodel your kitchen, if you plan to move in the coming few years, don’t remodel it to look how you want it to (unless you also like current styles). If you choose something unique and niche, like neon colors or a retro appearance, potential buyers may be turned off by your home entirely. The kitchen is such an important part of a home’s functionality that how it looks can be the determining factor in whether someone makes an offer.

More Efficient Spacing

When you remodel your home, ensuring the remodel delivers more efficient spacing is necessary. This can mean removing unnecessary dividing walls between the dining room and kitchen. It can also mean installing a new set of shelves or replacing old cabinets with more spacious ones. No matter what you choose to do, make sure the kitchen isn’t losing space. It should either remain the same or have more space than it started with.

If you need a group of professionals to help you with remodeling your kitchen, Premier Group Contractors are the ones for the job. Give us a call if you need professional help making your kitchen a focal point in your future home sale.

How Your Storefront Can Make or Break a Sale

If you own a small business, you know it’s important to do everything you can to boost sales. It’s easy for small businesses to get trampled and overtaken by big chain stores. Being a small business means grabbing people’s attention when they’re not really looking for you. One of the things you need to prioritize is your business’ curb appeal. Here’s why your storefront is so instrumental in succeeding as a small business.

Grabbing Attention

If you want to get new customers who don’t know who you are already, you have to do something to grab their attention. In most cases, having an appealing storefront is the perfect way to do that. Advertising elsewhere can be effective. However, it’s not as effective as someone seeing something they like when they’re already right next to it.

Having a nice-looking storefront can be enough to pique someone’s curiosity. Maybe they’re shopping nearby or just driving past your shop. Regardless of how they see your storefront, if it looks good, they’re more likely to come over and check things out.

Storefront Design

Having a nicely designed storefront is half the battle. If you don’t have the right windows, you can’t display things for people to see. Certain door types are more inviting than others. Signage that looks professional and attractive is key to catching someone’s eye.

All of these aspects of design fall to the responsibility of whoever is designing your store. Make sure you choose the right company for the job. When you hire out for construction, you need a crew that knows what’s best for your store’s appearance or will do the research to find out. Additionally, they should prioritize your preferences and ensure that the building they deliver is exactly what you were dreaming of.

The Value of Appearance

The reason all of this is so important is that appearance has value. While business may have hinged more on products and purpose many years ago, things have changed. Because just about any product can be bought in a number of stores, or even online, an individual store has to offer something special. For many people, these days, that thing that they’re looking for is atmosphere.

To set yourself apart from chain stores and run-down shops that no one is keen on entering, aestheticize your business. Get passersby to look at your storefront and think, “hey, this looks like a nice shop. I wonder what they sell.” Once they’ve grown curious enough to enter the shop, your chances of making a sale skyrocket. Not to mention, small businesses with a flair for aesthetics can quickly become a favorite. Putting stock in your shop’s appearance can gain you loyal customers who prefer your store over one that’s overly commercialized and dull.

If you want your store to look its best, you need to hire the best. Premier Group Contractors are the best contracting company in Toronto. Give us a call if you want to know how we can help you succeed.

Make Your Basement the Ideal Hangout

When it comes time to renovate your home, it’s a great opportunity to breathe life into previously unused spaces. An example of one such space is the basement. So many people have basements that are unfinished or are used as a storage space. Oftentimes, the latter happens because the basement wasn’t outfitted with any useful features when it was finished. No matter what the situation, when you’re ready to renovate your basement, here are some ways Premier Group Contractors can make it the ideal hangout.

Make It Spacious

The first thing you want to consider when renovating a basement to accommodate socializing is the space. Ensuring your finished basement has enough space for company is important. Because, once the basement has been renovated, you’ll need to be able to fit in seating, entertainment, and plenty of room for moving around.

Planning on making your basement into a home theater? You’ll need lots of floor space for a sectional, multiple couches, or many recliners. Don’t forget about the space you’ll need for end tables or coffee tables. If you want the ideal home theater experience, include a kitchenette in the design and outfit it with dimmable lighting. This makes getting popcorn or a drink easy – without disrupting the movie or ruining the mood.

Not keen on a theater? Consider the space you’ll need for other types of entertainment then. A pool table required lots of room around it for cue sticks and movement. Prepare adequate shelving around the TV if you want a lot of gaming consoles and games displayed. For this reason, among others, you should also carefully consider where you put power outlets.

Prepare for Guests

You should also take guest accommodation into account. If you plan on making your basement the ideal hangout, you need a bathroom on the same floor. If you ever have overnight guests, you’ll definitely want to make it a full bathroom. Plus, don’t make your guests sleep on the couch. If you have the space to spare, include a guest room in the renovation plans. Having a room for family or friends to sleep over comfortably is a wonderful asset.

Not to mention, making the basement able to accommodate guests with a guest bedroom and full bath is a huge price point if you decide to sell. That’s not only because people like to have guest space, but because a basement that can accommodate someone can be turned into a suite. Basement suites can be use for subletting, family, or live-in nannies.

Additional Facilities

A completely functional basement hangout isn’t complete without a kitchenette. Sure, you could go upstairs every time you want a drink or snack, but why would you want to? Having a kitchenette in the basement makes throwing a party a lot easier. Include a bar and you can really make your nights memorable.

Plus, adding a kitchenette and a bar doesn’t just make your parties more fun. A kitchenette makes your basement guest space even more well-rounded. A kitchenette more than pays for itself in the price boost your house gets. People love having self-sufficient basement spaces. With the addition of a basement exit, your basement could function as its own apartment, allowing you to sublet without sharing an entrance.

If you have any questions about how Premier Group Contractors can help make your basement the ideal hangout, give us a call. We’re happy to help and can even give you an estimate on how much the whole project would cost.

Make Working from Home Easy with a Home Office

Working from home can be quite difficult without the proper space for it. There are so many things that need balancing. Trying to organize papers, files, planners, and portfolios is difficult to do from the dining room table. Instead of trying to succeed from the living room give yourself the space you really need. Get away from the sound of the nearby TV or the clatter of cooking and move your work to your own home office. Here’s how Premier Group Contractors can help you.

The Right Team

If you want a home office build-out, you’re going to need the right team for the job. Premier Group Contractors is a team of skilled professionals in all elements of contracting. That means we’re prepared to do all the work required to build you a home office. Whether that requires electrical work, construction, or otherwise, we’ve got you covered.

Our team of skilled contractors doesn’t just know how to work efficiently, we also work affordably. The price for getting work done in peace is lower than anywhere else when you hire Premier Group. Plus, our team does better work than competitors. From designing to building to cleaning up, we know we offer the best experience.

Keep Organized

When you have a home office, a lot of things suddenly become easier. For one thing, you’ll be able to organize your things. An organized office allows you to find things you need right when you need them. Thats incredibly important when you’re busy at work. The longer it takes you to sift through papers or folders to find what you’re looking for, the less work you get done. It also wastes your time.

When you hire Premier Group, we’ll make sure your office is organization friendly. With places for files, papers, portfolios, books, and office supplies, you’ll work more efficiently than ever.

Lighting

Lighting is a very underappreciated part of working effectively. People are more affected by the lighting they’re in than they know. For instance, too little light or too much light can make your eyes strain. This can give you a headache, migraine, or even just make your eyes tired. When working in your home office all day, you don’t want any of these.

Premier Group will help you find the right lighting for your work space so that you can work comfortably and efficiently. Just enough light to read and write without overworking your eyes is the ideal we’re looking for. You can even choose a light fixture style that compliments your design tastes.

Desk Space

Last but not least, you deserve a proper desk to work at. No more sitting in the dining room or hunching over the coffee table. With the right desk, you can sit more comfortably, have more space for papers, and save your back from damage due to improper seating.

If you want to upgrade your home with a personalized home office, you know who to call. Contact us at Premier Group Contractors and we’ll help you make working from home easier than ever.

Let Premier Rebuild Your Garage Better than Ever

When you’ve lived somewhere for a while, you’ll find that one of the parts of your property that ages the worst is the garage. Old garages tend to collect bugs, nests, and damage like no other part of the house. That’s because people aren’t often in the garage and, when they are, they’re usually getting in the car to leave. When you’ve had enough of your old garage, it’s time to invest in a new one. Here’s how Premier Group Contractors can help you rebuild your garage.

Repair

If you’re still attached to the garage you have or you don’t have the budget for a replacement, repair is the way to go. Repairing a garage can mean:

  • Replacing or fixing windows. If your garage has windows that are broken or have cracks in the frame, it’s a great way for bugs or animals to get in. You don’t want that. To avoid unwanted pests in your garage, get windows replaced.
  • Replacing or fixing the garage door. Old garage doors often begin to break down. This can lead to gaps where pests can get in or even allow someone to break in easier.
  • Fixing a leaky roof. Garages frequently fall victim to a leaks because they’re not monitored the way the rest of the house is. Plus, once a leak is noticed, it’s not always seen as an emergency.

Replace

It’s time to rebuild your garage if it isn’t worth the money it would cost to repair it. Rebuilding your garage adds a lot more to your quality of life than you realize. With a rebuilt garage:

  • You can finally start that workbench you’ve always wanted. With somewhere to keep your tools that’s easily accessible, projects and DIY home improvement are easier than ever.
  • You can store food in extra garage space without animals getting into it. Cans or bottles of soda, a freezer of stockpiled food, or a shelf full of jarred preserves will all be safe.
  • Bicycles and vehicles are safe from harsh weather. Snow and rain are a surefire way to get rust on any exposed metal. Protect your belongings by keeping them inside your new garage.

Finished Garage

When you rebuild your garage, you can even go for something higher quality than your old one ever was. By having a finished garage built, your garage will be better insulated, more flexible in use, and higher in value. If you plan to sell your house, having a finished garage will raise the going price for sure. That’s because a finished garage is great for keeping vehicles safe, for use as a storage room, and even for conversion into a bedroom. There are so many things you can do with a finished garage.

If you have an old garage that needs a little (or a lot of) help, Premier Group Contractors are ready for the job. Give us a call and we’ll answer any questions you may have about the building process. We look forward to hearing from you!

Bring Your Old Basement to Life with a Basement Renovation

A great many homes have a basement in them and it’s not at all uncommon for those basements to get neglected. After all, most people need some storage space or a common area and the basement, if it’s finished at all, is usually it. When all is said and done, your basement may need a little bit of a facelift. Here’s how Premier Group Contractors can help you bring your basement back to life with a basement renovation.

Years of Use

After a number of years using your basement as a den or storage space, it can get a little worn out. Flooring may get worn down or dirty, paint will naturally start to chip, and your basement may not have been much to begin with.

Years of Disuse

There’s also the very real possibility that your basement is nothing more than a raw cement floor and a whole lot of cobwebs. Unfinished basements are one of the most unfortunate wastes of space in a home. There’s so much lost potential in an unfinished basement. Not to mention, because they haven’t been given the attention they deserve, they often lead to mold or pest problems.

Renovation Benefits

Hiring a competent team of contractors to renovate your basement comes with a lot of great benefits. Here are just a few:

  • There’s a boost in your home’s resale value. Having a basement that’s actually functional can add a hefty sum to your home’s resale value. No one likes an unfinished basement. The space is completely useless and a huge eyesore. Making sure there’s something worthwhile downstairs can be a selling point.
  • There’s more room. This seems like a given, but you should take into consideration the number of things you can do with an entire floor of additional space. Basement renovations don’t just cover visual changes; you can have additional walls put up if desired. That means potential bedrooms, bathrooms, and storage space.
  • There’s new potential to sublet. Basement renovations, being able to add additional bedrooms and bathrooms, means potential basement suites. With that, you can rent out individual bedrooms or turn the entire basement into something like an apartment. After all, a functional kitchen, bathroom, and living space are all you need to get a tenant for the downstairs. You can even separate the upstairs with an exterior-type, locked door if there’s a separate entrance for the basement.

Hire Premier

Premier Group is the best company in Toronto for basement renovations. That’s because we have an entire team of contractors who specialize in all aspects of renovation. That means we cover everything from electrical to plumbing and so much more.

If you’re planning a basement renovation in the Toronto area, contact us at Premier Group Contractors. We look forward to hearing from you and are more than happy to answer your questions.

Get a Fresh Coat of Paint on Your Walls

Do you want to know one of the easiest updates you can do to bring a building back to life? The answer is simple: painting! Putting a fresh coat of paint on your walls can make a massive difference in a room’s appearance. Premier Group Contractors can help you make it happen. We have a whole team of professional contractors who specialize in different aspects of renovation. That includes painters. Let’s check out some of the ways new paint can have a huge impact.

A Change of Pace

One of the first ways a new coat of paint can liven up a space is by giving the occupants a change of pace. Whether it’s your home you’re looking to fix up or your office, those who frequent the space will appreciate a change.

When you see the same color – or lack thereof – on the walls day in and day out, it can get really stale. Picking out a vibrant new color or even a muted tone thats different than you’re used to can make a space exciting again. Every time you walk through a newly-painted room, there’s a sense of excitement. After all, there’s something new and different here.

A Touch-Up

Aside from aesthetic choices, there’s also the fact that some rooms just need a touch up. Being that walls make up the base of a room, their appearance is pretty important. Over the years, walls are bound to get marked up. This is especially true for offices or homes with children. Whether your walls have crayon on them, mysterious black smudges, or dirt from dirty hands, they need some help. You might not realize how dingy a room has become until you give it some new paint.

Personalization

If you bought your home used, you may have paint colors left behind from the last tenants that don’t suit you. Maybe it’s your least favorite color or maybe it just makes you feel like the room doesn’t belong to you. No matter the case, we understand entirely.

With Premier Group Contractors, you can pick out whatever paint you feel suits you. Our team will get your home feeling personalized in no time. When you return home after a long day of painting, you’ll be relieved to see your home looking like it’s finally yours.

A Job Done Right

No matter what the occasion, if you need your walls painted, Premier Group has someone just for you. Our contractors get the job done right. We make sure your paint is put on nicely, and only where it belongs. Don’t worry about cleanup; we’ve got it covered. The only thing you need to do is give us a call so that you can schedule our services. Contact us with any questions or inquiries and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Hire Premier for Professional Drywall Installation

Drywall installation is a necessary process for a lot of different projects. From the building of new houses to the remodeling of old ones, new drywall is required. Getting drywall installed the right way isn’t something every contractor knows how to do. That’s why you should hire one of Premier Group Contractors’ drywall installation professionals to do the job right.

Potential Mistakes

Drywall is such an integral part of every building that you don’t want to risk sloppy installation. Once drywall is installed, it’s going to become the summation of the room it’s in. After all, there’s no room with no walls. Messy drywall installation can make a room go from elegant to trashy without the right experience.

A common mistake with drywall is not aligning it well. Being able to see the seams in the drywall even after it’s been painted is a huge eyesore. With remodels, this can make things look even worse than what you upgraded from. With new houses, it can drop the value of the house down below the projected price. That, or it will sit unsold for much longer than you thought it would. That’s because no one looking to invest in a new home is going to settle for one with unattractive walls.

Health Risks

Something you may not know about drywall installation is that there are a number of health risks. This is true for a number of different parts of construction. Professionals have access to expensive safety equipment, including respirators, that allow them to do this work safely. If you don’t have a collection of safety equipment at your disposal, you shouldn’t risk drywall installation.

Drywall, like the name suggests, is a very dry material. It constantly creates a fine dust that, when inhaled, can agitate and even damage the lungs. This becomes especially dangerous when cutting drywall. Cutting through drywall creates a lot of this dust and, without a respirator, is nearly impossible not to inhale. The dust is made up of chemicals that are incredibly bad for your lungs. Prolonged exposure to this kind of dust can lead to asthma or even COPD.

Hiring Premier

The safe solution, for all drywall installation projects near Toronto, is to hire Premier Group Contractors. Our team of experienced professionals know all of the safety risks and are equipped to handle them. Everyone on our team is highly qualified and has been doing great work for years. Drywall installation is easy to do the right way when you’ve been doing it professionally for so long. That’s why if you have a project planned that’s going to include drywall installation, you can count on us fully.

If you’d like to inquire after help with drywall installation, give us a call. Premier Group offers a number of different contracting team members. If you’re still looking to fill other places in your project team, take a look at the other services we have to offer.

Save Money this Winter by Replacing Drafty Windows and Doors

Did you know you might be wasting money every winter without even realizing it? If you’ve got older doors and windows or they’re damaged in any way, they’re probably costing you money. Premier Group Contractors is here to let you in on how you can start saving money. All you have to do is replace your drafty windows and doors. Let’s take a look at how this helps you save money.

Winter Bills

To start with, let’s take a look at how much you spend on electricity in the winter. Your winter electric bills are probably a lot higher than the rest of the year. That’s because when winter comes around, things get really cold. To keep yourself from freezing, you’ve got to run your heater almost constantly. That takes up a lot of electricity and leaves your wallet a lot emptier than usual.

Drafts

When your doors or windows are old, the seal between them and the frame they’re set in begins to deteriorate. That leaves enough space for cold air to sneak inside. The same goes for windows and doors that have been damaged. If either has been damaged, cracks or splits in the frame will let in drafts. Doors that no longer close properly will do the same.

Drafts aren’t always noticeable to us. Really bad seals can let in a noticeable breeze, but sometimes it’s subtler than that. Old doors and windows can let in cold air that we don’t even notice. These drafty windows and doors are going to cost you a lot of money.

Raising Your Bill

All of these drafts work together to lower the overall temperature of your home. It’s easy for that kind of change to slip by unnoticed when the house’s temperature has already dropped so much during the change in seasons. The thing is, it really does make a difference.

A well-sealed home can get heated up and then only require the heater to kick on every few hours. When you have consistent drafts of cold air coming in all over the house, the heater may need to come on over and over again or run constantly to keep up with the continued drop in temperature. This continued work from your heater is going to run up your electric bill and cost you a lot of money over the course of the winter.

Replace Your Windows and Doors

To save yourself the drain on your wallet this year and the many years following, you should invest in replacements. Premier Group Contractors is an experienced group of professionals with the ability to do all kinds of contracting work. If you need your windows or doors replaced, or even just repaired, we’re the team for the job. Give us a call and we’ll have your drafty windows and doors replaced in no time.

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