If you are a contractor or a client, here is the information that you need to know:
YOU ARE A CLIENT
Check with your provincial authorities to find out about current recommendations for renovation projects. In some parts of Canada, contractors are allowed to present quotes and carry out renovation projects starting in the upcoming days and weeks.
For example, in Quebec, all renovation projects will be allowed to start on May 11th 2020. In Ontario and Alberta, there is no set date for construction and home renovations to be relaunched. As such, strict guidelines are still in order. Please consult your provincial government website for specific information.
In the meantime, RenoQuotes is here to put you in touch with our network of contractors. We encourage clients and contractors to follow the rules and guidelines enforced by provincial authorities.
Consult our article for tips on how to organize your project remotely: How to Receive Quotes Remotely
Be sure to check out the following article for general information about renovations during this extraordinary situation: Renovation projects in the time of COVID-19
YOU ARE A CONTRACTOR
Guidelines vary from one province to another. As the information is changing daily, we encourage you to consult your local government website for specific information.
In any case, you will have to adapt your practices when presenting quotes and carrying out the work. In some areas, only remote communications are permitted. For advice on how to present a quote remotely, check out this article: 3 tips to present quotes remotely
If you meet with a client in person and start working on a project, strict hygiene and social distancing measures must be adopted. Here's another article that could interest you: What you need to know about construction sites reopening
Do you need financial help for your renovation company? Check out this article: Guide to financial assistance programs for Canadian businesses
Last modified: 2020-05-18 | Approximate reading time 4 mins
Even when using a referral service to find a contractor for your renovation project, this does not mean that you should sign a contract with your eyes closed! A small investigation on your part can be very helpful. Choosing a certified contractor will guarantee, in part, the quality of the work. Here are a few important things to know when choosing a contractor:
First, know that since you are submitting your renovation project to RenoQuotes.com, you are going to get at least three (3) quotes from qualified contractors. This will be very helpful in that you will be able to compare prices (including work and materials) and contractors, to choose the option that best suits you! Never settle for only one quote.
When you start meeting with potential contractors, get them to talk about themselves, their experience and their business. Ask them questions about other projects on which they have worked and get to know more about their work methods. In other words, ask them if they will have their team do the work or if they will hire sub-contractors. Try to see in what time frame they believe the work will be completed and how things will work in terms of payment.
*** If the contractor tries to offer a better price for a cash job, beware, even when the offer is tempting. It’s always much safer to have documented and written proof for major renovation contracts
*** It is important to check if the contractor has work-accident insurance and liability insurance.
All of the contractors that are in our network have been thoroughly verified. Also, if possible, contact former clients to get their impressions. The contractor should be able to provide names and contact information. Ask the clients about the work they had done.
See if they had any problems, ask how the workers proceeded to do the job and see if the work dates were respected as promised, etc. The more you know, the more you’ll be able to make an informed choice within the group of contractors that have presented quotes. Before you start up a renovation project, don’t forget to check with your local authorities to know if you need a special permit for your renovation project.
If such is the case, take the proper steps to obtain it. You need this permit. If you don’t have it, in the event of a problem, you would be held responsible. A few important things to known:
After you’ve made the initial contact with the renovation companies, now comes the time to start talking about price quotes. As mentioned above, getting at least two quotes will be beneficial, as you will be able to compare between the two. If possible, get at least three (3).
These basic pieces of information should be included somewhere on the quote: a description of the work that needs to be done, the required materials, the detailed price for each element, the terms of payment and last of all, a calendar indicating the dates at which the work will be completed or, at the very least, the beginning and end dates.
You could add it as an annex on the contract. In general, the contractor should only ever ask for a small deposit at the time of signing (some don’t ask for anything). If they work with deposits, make sure that you never pay more than 10-20% of the total amount.
For the rest of the payment, you can arrange the spot. Just be sure that you won’t pay the whole sum before the work is completed. It may seem obvious but it is worth repeating: a written contract acts as a guarantee. If there is a problem with the quality of the work, it will be easier for you to assert your rights if you have a contract which includes a lot of detail regarding the details of the work that was supposed to be done and that was included in the supposed agreement between you and the contractor.
It will also prevent the fact that they could end up doing extra work without your consent and try to get you to pay afterwards. A proper contract should include:
RenoQuotes.com only wants to refer top-quality contractors. Therefore, shortly after the contractors have visited your home, a member of our team may contact you to evaluate your experience with the ones you met. For example, if it turns out that the contractor never showed up, we will take note of this and remove them from our network!
RenoQuotes.com can help you get quotes for your home or commercial renovation project. If you submit your project to us, we’ll put you in contact with the best contractors in our network. Fill in the form (it only takes a few minutes), and you will receive quotes from home renovation specialists.
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