There are many types of renovations and just as many types of contractors providing services. Most are honest and a credit to their profession; however, how do you know if your contractor has your interests in mind? It's wise to protect yourself by paying attention to the warning signs. There may be a problem if the contractor:
- Offers a discount if you pay cash (and don't need a receipt).
- Doesn't offer a warranty or guarantee for their work.
- Can't provide current references.
- Uses high pressure sales tactics.
- Demands you sign immediately.
- Solicits door-to-door because they "are in the neighborhood."
- Provides a quote without visiting the site and talking to you about expectations.
- Asks you to provide a large down payment so they can buy the materials.
- Won't put anything in writing or is vague about quote or contract details.
- Doesn't have a street address for the business.
- Won't show proof of workers' compensation or liability insurance coverage.
- Doesn't have a GST number.
- Tells you not to bother with permits.
- Won't explain cancellation policies.
Home Renovations Consumer Tip Sheet, Service Alberta
Hiring a Contractor, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Canadian Consumer Handbook, Government of Canada