Four things to check when hiring a renovation contractor

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Summer is a popular time to for renovations but how can you help to make sure you hire a contractor that is reputable and won’t dissappear into the night?

There are no guarantees in life, but there are ways to address this issue. One popular way is to hire a well-known company that has been around for years, or a company with the biggest advertising.

But what if you’re looking for someone who you can have more of a personal relationship with, that fits your budget, and maybe you just like giving the small guy your business?

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I recommend the following four things to look into when hiring a contractor.

  1. References – ask for references from homeowners who have worked with the contractor (preferably within the last 3 months)
  2. Reviews – check for Google reviews and see if they have a website and and if it corroborates an idea of how long they have been in business. Now not everyone gets a website going right away or is on top of reviews so cut them some slack if the timeline doesn’t line up perfectly).
  3. WSIB- An owner who hires a contractor to perform construction work should obtain a WSIB Clearance Certificate unless the contractor is performing “exempt home renovation work”.  To contact WSIB with your questions and to confirm registration here
  4. GST registration number – Use the GST/HST Registry to confirm that the business charging you GST/HST is registered. This will help ensure that your claims for input tax credits only include GST/HST charged by someone who is registered for GST/HST. You can get more information here.

Finally, check or get a copy of their driver’s licence so all the information you look up matches and you have the correct information to cross-check!

Happy reno adventures!

Kindly,

 

Cindy-Lou Schmidt
Cindy-Lou Schmidt

Broker of Record, REALTOR®
 
 
Cindy-Lou loves serving her hometown, and you’ll likely find her in a coffee shop in a meeting if she’s not found at the Brokerage office, her mobile office (a.k.a. her car) or her home office. Growing up in a family of real estate investors, she has seen the power of real estate in elevating people’s lives and strives to bring value to her community. Cindy-Lou enjoys sharing knowledge as a digital creator through vlogging and blogging while drinking great coffee! During her downtime, she can be found cooking meals from scratch and sneaking snacks with her dog Betty.

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