Reno Month: Get it in Writing!

For a number of years, the Get it in Writing! campaign has provided homeowners with sound information on how to avoid risks when hiring a contractor for their renovation project. The campaign was launched by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) to help consumers protect themselves from underground and fly-by-night contractors.

With the support of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the Get it in Writing! website and consumer pamphlet were updated in early 2010. The new site,, offers a wealth of good advice to help homeowners do it right, with lots of downloadable worksheets, and information from both the CHBA and CMHC.

  • Check out the “Get Informed” section to learn about contracts, workers’ compensation, permits, liens and other legal and contractual requirements.
  • “Hire a Professional” outlines how to find and hire a renovator, including checklists and worksheets.
  • “Underground Deals” highlights the risks to homeowners if they hire a contractor who wants to be paid in cash, and does not play by the rules.
  • The downloadable Get it in Writing! brochure is a handy reference tool, and a reminder of the key steps to a renovation project done right.

Renovate with confidence—Get it in Writing!