Why Your Garage Makeover Contractor Should Be Baeumler Approved

There are many important decisions that go along with committing to a major home improvement project like a garage makeover.

For homeowners, one of their biggest concerns will be which contractor they can trust to handle the project. Personal references can be invaluable, as can the many online resources available.

The Baeumler Approved contractor referral program is one such important resource.

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What is the Baeumler Approved program?

The Baeumler Approved program was launched in 2012 in Canada by celebrity home improvement guru Bryan Baeumler and his business partner, Stuart Riley.

Baeumler’s high profile in the media exposed him to many people asking him for his expert advice when it came to choosing a reliable contractor or tradesperson for a home renovation.

While other online resources were available to provide feedback on contractors, none of them had the highly respected Baeumler name attached to them.

As the handyman explains on the Baeumler Approved site, “We help you take the first steps in selecting who you will trust to help you improve.”

But before getting deeper into the Baeumler Approved program and why its seal of approval is important when choosing a contractor, let’s get a quick primer on the man behind it.

Who is Bryan Baeumler?

The better question might be who isn’t Bryan Baeumler? This is a man who certainly doesn’t rest on his laurels.

It’s hard to imagine the high profile Baeumler has escaped many people’s attentions, but here’s a list of some of his accomplishments and endeavours:

  • host of numerous popular TV shows including Disaster DIY, Leave It to Bryan, House of Bryan, and Bryan Inc. on HGTV in the U.S. and HGTV Canada
  • CEO and President of Baeumler Quality Construction, a full-service construction and renovation company
  • bestselling author of 2015’s Measure Twice, a DIY handbook
  • heads the Baeumler Family Foundation for Kids charitable organization

Baeumler has always loved working with his hands. In fact, he started his own handyman business when he was just 14, completing odd jobs for his neighbours.

And despite earning a Political Science and Business dual degree that was steering him down a career path in law, the call of the trades proved too strong for Baeumler to ignore.

How are Baeumler Approved members chosen?

Let’s face it, there are more than a few contractors out there who demonstrate poor ethics, work quality, and reliability. That’s why the Baeumler Approved program was created.

When choosing which contractors will be eligible to become Baeumler Approved, the screening process looks at the following criteria:

  • are previous clients satisfied with the quality of work and communication from the contractor?
  • do companies that have collaborated with the contractor speak positively about their work practices?
  • does the contractor have a reputable online history of testimonials and referrals?
  • can the contractor provide evidence of required professional certifications?
  • does the contractor have the necessary workers compensation coverage, along with a minimum of $1,000,000 of active liability insurance coverage?

If a contractor meets the strict vetting guidelines established by Baeumler Approved, they’re added to the list of approved contractors.

How Baeumler Approved helps consumers

The Baeumler Approved designation certainly needs to be earned by any contractor. And, importantly, this high level of reliability and workmanship also needs to be maintained.

Baeumler Approved members are required to sign and follow the program’s Code of Conduct. These guidelines reflect the high standards Baeumler has towards customer satisfaction, work quality, and safety.

Baeumler Approved contractors who fail to comply with the Code of Conduct can be removed from the program’s network. This level of accountability demonstrates the program’s commitment toward Baeumler Approved being relied on as a go-to source for reputable contractor recommendations for consumers.

It should be noted that Baeumler Approved is only a recommendation resource. The program does not assume any liability for work done by one of their member contractors.

How does Baeumler Approved differ from online review sites?

There are many review sites available that let consumers leave feedback about companies, with Yelp and Google+ being two of the most popular ones.

These sites are one helpful way for consumers to get a sense of who they want to do business with. A recent BrightLocal survey found that 88% of consumers trust these reviews just as much as a personal recommendation.

The Baeumler Approved doesn’t quite follow the same model. It simply acts as a recommended list of contractors who have established a history of trustworthiness and quality work.

Garage Living’s association with the Baeumler Approved program

Since our start in 2005, Garage Living has done many thousands of makeover projects that have helped homeowners turn their garages into an extension of their living space.

Garage Living has established itself as a company known for its first-rate work, integrity, and superior products like our cabinetry, garage flooring and wall storage system.

One example of our commitment to great customer service is the written warranty we present to customers after a Floortex™ floor coating application. This gives our customers the assurance that we stand fully behind our products and services.

Our reputation allowed us to become a Baeumler Approved member in 2013 and we continue to be proud of our association with the trusted Baeumler brand.

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Aaron Cash, managing partner of Garage Living, and Bryan Baeumler.

Our garage makeover project on Bryan’s house

And Garage Living’s association with Bryan extends beyond the Baeumler Approved program. We also worked on a unique garage makeover at Bryan’s country home that was part of his House of Bryan show on HGTV Canada.

The project involved designing two connected “his and hers” garages. One garage space was tailored to Bryan’s wants and needs and the other garage space was tailored to the requirements of Bryan’s wife, Sarah, and their four kids.

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Garage Living worked on a “his and hers” garage design at Bryan’s home.

You can view many more pictures from the project here.

Enjoy peace of mind when choosing a Baeumler Approved contractor

The strict quality and integrity standards the Baeumler Approved program requires helps homeowners take some of the risk out of what can be a stressful process when it comes to choosing a reputable contractor.

And Garage Living isn’t just a Baeumler Approved member – Bryan’s also entrusted us with working on his own home.

Are you looking for a trusted garage professional for your upcoming garage makeover project? If so, schedule your free-in home consultation with a member of our design team today.

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Garage Living At The International Franchise Expo

The International Franchise Expo is America’s largest franchise expo and takes place in New York City from June 16th through the 18th. Garage Living is excited to be attending this event, as we look to expand our ever-growing franchise network specializing in high-end garage improvement solutions.

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The garage organization and storage business is rapidly growing

Currently, Garage Living has two locations in Florida (Jacksonville and Miami) and three in Canada (Toronto, Ottawa, and Calgary). An Oakville, Ontario location will be opening soon. Garage organization and storage is one of the fastest growing categories in home improvement in North America right now. This means lots of opportunities to serve eager customers who are looking to improve their garage’s looks and functionality.

Schedule an appointment with us for franchise opportunities

If you’re an entrepreneur who’s passionate about home improvement, schedule an appointment to talk to a Garage Living representative during the Expo. You can also visit us at booth 1255. Click here for more information on Garage Living franchise opportunities.

Garage Living Calgary Grand Opening

Garage Living opened a new showroom in Calgary on July 11. This is Garage Living’s first Canadian franchise and we are proud to have Mike and Charmaine Reiber as part of our team in southern Alberta.

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From left to right: Aaron Cash, Charmaine Reiber, Mike Reiber, Daniel Albo.

Grand opening festivities

Aaron Cash and Daniel Albo, managing partners from Garage Living’s head office in Toronto joined Mike and Charmaine for the grand opening. The festivities included a Stampede BBQ, Calgary Corvette Club show and shine, prize giveaways and a grand prize of a weekend getaway to the Kootenays. Congratulations to Makayla Taylor, winner of the grand prize.

Mike and Charmaine Reiber

Mike and Charmaine are the owners of the Garage Living’s newest franchise. Prior to becoming franchise owners, Mike and Charmaine had careers in the oil and gas industry. Charmaine worked in recruiting and payroll. Mike worked as a petroleum technologist.

Reception to Garage Living in Calgary at recent trade shows and the grand opening have been incredible. Everyone is excited about the new products and services that are now available in Calgary.

Calgary showroom

The new showroom is completely outfitted with four garage displays that feature cabinetry, flooring and organizational products. Customers can experience various garage environments, inspect the products and see how they work, before they buy.

About Garage Living

Garage Living is an industry leader in custom garage interiors. Our design consultants evaluate your space and provide CAD drawings to help you visualize the completed project. Our professional installation team completes each project, on time and ensures that everything is perfect before they leave.

Contact us for more information about Garage Living Calgary or visit the new showroom.

Garage Living at the National Home Show

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Garage Living is pleased to be exhibiting at North America’s Largest Home and Garden Event, namely, The National Home Show.

This annual world-class annual show features a celebrity stage, the coveted 2015 Dream Home and the Canada Blooms Floral & Garden Festival.

Come visit Garage Living at booth #1701. This year we have included the garage door and garage opener portion of garage transformations, both key elements in creating your very own at-home dream garage.

As leaders in complete garage solutions, Garage Living offers the highest quality products and unparalleled customer service. We complete projects from start to finish relieving our clients of the burden and time-consuming task of finding and hiring individual trades. You can rest assured that solutions meet your needs, your space requirements, your budget and your lifestyle.

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This is the perfect time to book your FREE in-home Design Consultation. The Garage Living Design Consultants professionally measure your space and provide innovative design solutions. This is presented to you in a computer-generated drawing. “Our clients love that a detailed drawing can be viewed from various angles to help envision the completed project before work begins,” said Aaron Cash, Managing Partner of Garage Living. Be certain to view some of the before and after makeovers featured at www.garageliving.com.

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Garage Living is a member of BILD (Building Industry and Land Development Association). With over 1400 members, BILD is the voice of the land development, home building and professional renovation industry in the Greater Toronto Area. BILD is proudly affiliated with the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders’ Association.  BILD encourages innovations and excellence to improve the communication between the industry and protect the interests of consumers.

The National Home show is on from March 13 – 22 at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place Toronto. The hours of the show are: Monday – Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday, March 15 10am-6pm and Sunday, March 22 10am-5pm.

See you there!

Announcing the First Garage Living Franchise in the U.S.

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Rhino Pro Floors featuring Garage Living custom garage interiors

“We are so thrilled about Jacksonville, Florida, which is our first U.S. franchise, setting the foundation for expanding to the North American marketplace,” said Aaron Cash, Managing Partner of Garage Living.

Gary DiStefano is the CEO of Rhino Pro Floors. As a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Gary got his start in business by helping to grow his father’s flooring company into being part of this successful franchise group.

In 2008, he opened Rhino Pro Floors, providing commercial and residential concrete floor coatings. As Rhino Pro Floors has enjoyed solid growth in improving garages on the east coast, Gary saw an opportunity to add new garage organization products to his mix. He purchased the first Garage Living franchise in the U.S. and plans to open a showroom in April 2015.

Rhino Pro Floors is a market leader in fast-curing, ultra-strong concrete coating for garage floors, walkways, patios, warehouses, offices, and retail showrooms. They also offer overlays and traditional flooring in Jacksonville.

Rhino Pro Floors will now feature Garage Living complete garage interiors, offering everything needed to create an organized, custom garage space, including a selection of:

Gary’s team is trained to help clients select the perfect products for their customers’ space and also to install and maintain them. For all of his clients, Gary understands the value in creating usable and functional spaces, which are extensions of the home, office, or warehouse.