A Trustedsaskatoon.com Face Book fan Cathie Calarco-Watson asked a great question
“ What is the checklist to follow when seeking a new home builder or renovation company? (credentials, references, association memberships etc). As it is the largest investment one typically makes, it is critical to know you can trust your contractor, particularly in a time of economic growth where "everyone" is a builder/contractor. A friend of mine just lost over $20,000 to a contractor who never completed the job and is nowhere to be found. Do your "homework"”
“ Cathie, I am very sorry to hear about your friend's unpleasant experience with his contractor. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for homeowners to be ,let’s say " ripped off " by a contractor that is suddenly nowhere to be found. I hear about these all the time. I advise homeowners to look at a process which involves some homework. Everyone has a track record in this industry and simply following up with referrals of previous customers is one of the easiest ways to start your research. Another great starting point is finding out if they belong to any associations and if there are any complaints registered against them. You should also find out how long have they been in business, if they are registered to work in Saskatchewan, if they have liability and WCB insurance and if they "get it in writing" with written contracts, receipts for work invoiced and deposits that are taken in advance.
Feel free to use the checklist below as a tool to find your contractor.
__ Ask for references from previous customers - follow up by actually contacting them and find out their work, their service and their professionalism
__ Ask for an actual copy of their business liability certificate and letter of good standing from WCB
__ Ask if the contractor will take out a permit and if they can meet the inspection requirements
__ Ask for a copy of their business registration or GST number
__ Ask if there is warranty
__ Find out if there are any complaints registered against them
__ Ask how long they have been in business
__ Find out what associations they belong to
__ Review their construction contract (you may even want to have a laywer review each clause before you enter in to the agreement)
__ Meet with your contractor and find out if they are a suitable match to your needs - can they bring suggestions to the table, are they clear, are they are responsive to your questions / concerns. "
Dave Anderchek, President Platinum Homes Plus Incorporated
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