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Monday, December 05, 2016
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Four tips for picking a contractor

Contractor holding a phone

Home renovation season is here but do you know what to questions to ask before you hire a contractor?

First, it's good to get two or three quotes from potential contractors. Getting quotes is an opportunity to interview them and learn more about their work. A few phone calls and a little bit of research can save you a lot of time and hassle in the long run.

1. Get a reference check

Good contractors will be happy to give you a few references from previous jobs. A quick phone call to past clients will help you know what to expect when it comes time to begin the project.

Be sure to ask:

-Was the price fair?
-Was work done on time?
-Were there any unexpected problems?

2. Seeing is believing

The best way to judge the quality of work is to see it yourself. Ask the contractor for pictures or visit previous jobs in-person (you will need to ask permission if it’s private property) to see the quality of the workmanship.

3. Property Damage and Liability Insurance

Confirm if the contractor has insurance for property damage and liability. Contractors can show you their certificate of insurance as proof before work begins. If someone gets hurt or something gets damaged you don’t want to be on the hook.

You may wish to also contact your own insurance broker to ensure that you are covered for any risks not covered by the contractor’s insurance or that might occur when the contractor is not on site, (ie: vandalism, fire or theft.)

4. Get it in writing

Along the way, a lot of important details and decisions will come up. Get quotes in writing and ensure the terms of the contract are clear before work begins.

Call Consumer Protection Division

If you have questions about selecting a contractor, you can contact us toll free at 1-877-880-5550 or by email: consumerprotection@gov.sk.ca.



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