Get it in Writing! Before you Build or Renovate...

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Ten Tips for Homeowners

  • Write, in detail, the job you want or need done.
  • Get informed. Do you need a permit?
  • Research contractors in your area. Ask your friends and neighbours for names.
  • Get a list of qualified professionals from your local Home Builders' Association or Better Business Bureau.
  • Get estimates from at least three different contractors and ask them for customer references.
  • Call the references from the contractors you like. Be sure to make a list of questions you want to ask them.
  • Hire a professional contractor. Ask for written contracts and proof of Worker's Compensation or private liability insurance for injury or damages to your home.
  • Agree on the work you want done, the budget and the timeline.
  • Don't accept offers for cash deals without a receipt. Paying under the table is no deal – it can leave you with no warranty, no recourse for poor workmanship and no liability insurance if an injury takes place on your property.
  • Get it in Writing! If you pay under the table for repairs, construction or home renovation, you are participating in the underground economy – and you're paying more than you think.

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