Picking a contractor
Four tips for picking a contractor
Home renovation season is here but do you know what to questions to ask before you hire a contractor?
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?
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.