Hiring a trusted home professional is key to a successful home renovation. When looking for a home professional, obtain referrals, verify references and hire local. In addition, get written estimates from at least 3 contractors. Focus on their qualifications and confirm that they are licensed and insured. Above all, once you choose a contractor, protect your interests with a detailed renovation contract. Here are some handy tips to help you hire trusted home professionals.

Tips to Help You Hire Trusted Home Professionals

Obtain Referrals

A good way to find qualified, home professionals is through referrals. You can get referrals from friends, family, neighbours, business colleagues and Real Estate agents.

Verify References

Always check a home professional’s references with a site visit or phone call.

Hire Local

Hire a local home professional. Firstly, it’ll be more convenient to check up on references or have follow-up work completed. Secondly, a local home professional will know the local building code and permit requirements.

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Get Estimates

Firstly, estimates describe the work to be done. Secondly, they include an itemized list of services and materials and their prices. Ensure that everything you’re expecting is listed. Also, obtain written estimates from at least 3 contractors. Confirm that they are all working off the same scope and quality of work. Discuss disparities in prices. Above all, be very cautious of any estimate that is significantly lower than the others. Never accept an estimate over the phone or without the contractor inspecting your space. Good contractors will ask many questions so they can methodically plan out the renovation.

Trusted Home Professionals are licensed and insured

Confirm that the home professional has adequate, up-to-date Commercial General Liability insurance. If the company has employees, request a copy of their current workplace safety certificate. Trade contractors should provide you with a copy of their license. For instance, an Electrician in Ontario should provide you with a valid Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) License.

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Protect Your Interests with a Renovation Contract

To help ensure a stress-free renovation it’s very important that you and your home professional are on the same page. Communicate clearly. All aspects of the renovation should be put in writing. This will protect the interests of both you and your contractor should future complications arise.

A renovation contract is a legal agreement between you and the company you hire to do your renovation. It lays out the responsibilities of you and your contractor as it pertains to the renovation. That is to say, it provides detailed information on the scope of work, payments, permits, inspections and the warranties provided.

The contract should include the total cost and the payment schedule. A good rule of thumb is a 10% deposit up front. After that, make incremental payments once each major target is reached in the renovation process. In addition, clarify if Goods and Services Tax (GST) is included in their quote. Do not accept tax-free offers. You may not get a receipt, which is your legal proof of payment for services and/or materials. Trustworthy companies meet all legal requirements. In other words, charging and paying applicable taxes. Likewise, avoid cash deals.

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Under stand the Guarantees and Warranties

Clearly understand your home professional’s guarantees of quality and warranties. Your contractor may provide complimentary repairs for a limited time period. Learn exactly what their guarantees cover and the time period they are covered.

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Refer to the eRenovate Renovation Guide to help you get the most out of your home renovation.

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