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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority

Driveway Repairs in Summer

pushing asphalt with a toolHas someone come to your door offering to do paving work? There are some important questions to ask before you hire a contractor. It’s also a good practice to get quotes from two or three other potential contractors. It’s 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. 

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? 

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.

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.) 

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.

Check the licence
Door-to-door salespersons are required to be licensed. Check the validity of the licence number on FCAA411.

Call Consumer Protection Division
If you have questions about driveway repair contractors doing door-to-door sales, you can contact us toll free at 1-877-880-5550 or by email: consumerprotection@gov.sk.ca.



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