Contractor's RBQ licence: Why Is It Important?
If you're wondering why you should choose a contractor that has an RBQ (Régie du bâtiment du Québec) licence to renovate your house, this article is for you!
What is an RBQ licence?
In Quebec, having an RBQ licence is mandatory for contractors. To be able to get one, they have to pass a few tests that evaluate their skills and judge their ability to calculate renovation quotes, complete the construction work or entrust it to qualified subcontractors. A contractor who does not have a licence but still does renovation work risks being fined by the RBQ. Since your house is probably your most important investment, you should take the time to check your contractor’s RBQ licence as well as his legal record. Don’t leave your house to just anybody!
In case something bad happens: RBQ licence safety caution
Along with their certification, RBQ licenced contractors will also benefit from a safety caution (or deposit, if you will). As explained on the RBQ website, this is an amount of money that they have to pay when they apply for the licence “as a guarantee for the performance of the contractor’s contractual obligations to clients” and that “provides increased protection because it makes it possible to compensate those who are harmed by faulty performance or non-performance of construction work.”
As of 2015, this amounts to $20 000 for a specialized contractor and $40 000 for a general contractor. In other words, if the contractor has an RBQ licence, chances are that they are reliable. And even if they aren't, the client is able to claim money to the RBQ for compensation.
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RenoQuotes.com can help you get quotes for your home or commercial renovation projects from contractors holding a valid RBQ licence. If you submit your project to us, we’ll put you in contact with the best contractors in our network. Fill in the form on the homepage (it only takes a few minutes), and you will receive quotes from home renovation specialists.