Here are three guidelines to keep in mind when undertaking any of the above:
Always choose a CHBA-NL member professional, particularly those with designations (see below);
Avoid resorting to the underground economy and paying cash (without a receipt) for any work done.
Get it in writing by drawing up a written, detailed contract for all work to be completed.
Choose a builder with Master Builder Certification. Builders with Certification will have this logo next to their name under Find a Member.
A Master Builder is operating at the highest standards the industry has to offer. The criteria for this provincial Certification is as follows:
- Two-year membership with the CHBA-NL
- In good standing with a recognized warranty program
- Five years of residential construction experience
- Letter of Solvency
- A recognized Quality Assurance Program
- R-2000/ERS Certification
- Red Seal staff or journeyperson(s), engineer, CET, or architect
- Annual professional development for staff
- Completion of recommended courses
Choose a renovator registered with the RenoMark Program. Renovators with this registration will have this logo next to their name under Find a Member.
A renovator registered with the nationally-recognized RenoMark Program demonstrates a voluntary commitment to professionalism and integrity in business dealings. The criteria for registration is as follows:
The industry is unregulated in Newfoundland and Labrador, so it is up to the consumer to conduct due diligence when hiring a contractor. Here are some tips to protect yourself:
Contracts don’t have to be complicated but they should include:
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 home projects. 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 Canadian Home Builders’ Association, the Get it in Writing! campaign hosts information on their website. The site offers a wealth of good advice to help consumers do it right, with 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.