What you should do when hiring a Building Contractor

So you're finally going to do that major home improvement project. You're going to build an addition, add a swimming pool, replace the roof, or any of the hundreds of renovation projects people do every year to their Pickering, Durham, Whitb, Ajax, Brooklin, Claremont houses. With a major renovation that requires a number of vendors, when you have to pick who you will hire you will usually hire a general contractor to oversee the entire project.

Once that person or company is hired the daily management of the project is more or less taken out of your hands. You are relying on your contractor to arrange with the right Pickering, Durham, Whitb, Ajax, Brooklin, Claremont carpenters, drywallers, electricians, plumbers and painters. So it is extremely critical to hire the most appropriate company.

In this article titled 10 Things to Know About Hiring a Contractor the writer reminds us how you should check out your contractor's credentials before hiring him or her to take on your expensive and complicated project. Among the 10 things to know are confirming that they have an up-to-date license to operate as a contractor in Etobicoke, Downtown Toronto, Central Toronto, North Toronto, and that they have enough liability insurance so you don't end up with a damaged or destroyed house.

Once you have established their credibility and followed up on a few references, it is important to have a signed contract. Make sure the contract contains specific information outlining the details of the work to be done, as well as who is responsible for things like permits and inspections. Also be careful to detail when the project is to be finished, and how payment is to be made. Another important thing is a termination clause in the unlikely event that the arrangement is totally unsatisfactory. When you are detailing when payments are to be made be sure to specify that you will not pay by cash (it is too difficult to keep track of), that all payments will be made to the contractor (not to suppliers or sub-contractors), and that you will be holding back a pre-determined portion for a specified period after completion. That will allow you to make sure all aspects of the project are done satisfactorily.

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Joann Visaretis

Joann Visaretis

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CENTURY 21 Leading Edge Realty Inc., Brokerage*
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