Renovate with ease with a contract, Get It In Writing!
When making that investment in your home to renovate you need to protect yourself by getting your renovator to put it in writing!
Many individuals end up being a ‘reno-victim’ because they hire a ‘cash-only’ contractor. These type of contractors keep it cheap for the homeowner. But without a contract homeowners find themselves paying greatly for the mistake of hiring this type of renovator, commonly known as an “underground” contractor.
Hiring a renovator that is a member of your local Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA-NS) can help alleviate some of the pressure you feel when choosing a Professional Renovator.
The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) launched the campaign “Get It In Writing” to help inform homeowners of how to avoid risks when hiring a renovator.
You should never take chances when hiring a renovator, always get it in writing. Your contract should have 5 main components.
Description of the project– A detailed description of your project, including materials and products. Your contract should also have your plans that you signed off on and you received a copy of.
Payment Schedule– A payment schedule should be structured and outlined in your contract. This helps alleviate confusion about payments and amounts.
Approximate Project Dates– In your contract you should see an approximate start date. A reputable renovator works closely with their suppliers and know approximately order timelines. After you have approved your design and material selections, your material can be ordered and a timeline set. Weather elements can affect timelines, so always keep that in mind.
Change Order Information and Process- With any renovation project you can always run into changes once the project commences, from change in materials to opening a wall and finding asbestos. Your Project Manager should always sit you down and go over cost and document a change order. In your contract you should see a policy for change orders.
Signatures– This is a must for both parties involved in a contract. You should always see the signature of the renovator on your contract as well as yours. This is what will protect you, as well as the contractor. Binding the contract and keeping everyone involved accountable.
If you are planning a renovation project, always get a contract. A contract protects you from being a ‘reno-victim’.
DID YOU KNOW: That if you hire a contractor to renovate your home that does not have WCB or Insurance, that you will be responsible for anyone injured on your site or any damage to your property or others.