Safeguard yourself and your reno
You don’t want it to happen to you.
You don’t want to experience the horror of a renovation gone wrong, and then to have no legal recourse whatsoever.
You don’t want to spend a whole lot of money only to know you have to spend it all over again to fix the problems.
You may have heard some of the stories. A renovator promises you the world, at lower cost, especially for cash payment. It might be someone you like and think you can trust. And then things go bad, sometimes horribly so. But the renovator is long gone, leaving you in a mess. Legally speaking, there’s not a thing you can do about it.
The best way ‒ the only way ‒ of safeguarding yourself against shoddy renovation practices is by having a solid, iron-clad contract executed before work begins.
This is where the RenoMark® program comes in. When renovators sign on to RenoMark®, they must abide by many rules. Besides $2 million liability insurance, a commitment to a clean, organized worksite and workplace safety, all licenses and permits, and a minimum of a two-year warranty, every job they do must be detailed in a written contract including the scope of work and usually the schedule and budget as well as other job related details..
Read your contract in detail and make sure everything is there so you’re not surprised by something later.
The Government of Ontario reminds you to make sure it includes:
- the contractor’s name, address and contact information
- a thorough description of the project with details of the work to be done and the materials to be used
- a clear description of any warranties
- the total cost and terms of payment
- a work schedule, including start and completion dates
- a payment schedule, including the deposit amount
- details about who is responsible for clean up after the job is finished
- identification of all sub-trades that will be contracted out, and who will pay for those sub-trades.
Renovation is not the time for shortcuts or blind trust. Go into it with confidence, knowledge… and ‒ always ‒ a contract.