Blackstone Renovations Inc. - showing you possibilities, not limitations

Recent Posts

Remodeling Magazine: USA's National Averages Cost vs. Value Report 2015
TrustedPros January 27, 2014: HGTV's Too-Great Expectations
Dave Ramsey: How Will A Kitchen Renovation Affect Your Home's Value?
BBB Tips: Hiring A Contractor
BBB Warns Spring Time Brings Home Improvement Scams


Calgary Herald
Dave Ramsey
Remodeling Magazine
powered by

Industry News & Resources

BBB Tips: Hiring A Contractor

Hiring A Contractor
Before hiring a contractor, there are several factors to consider:
  1. 1.  Deal with a reputable company. Talk to friends and neighbours. If you live in a rural area and were solicited at your door, check with the RCMP. Ask the contractor for references including complete street address and phone numbers of previous customers.
  2. Get a detailed written estimate from more than one company. The estimate should indicate start date, completion date, full details of the work and material, and the complete cost.  Also, ask if the contractor performs all the work or uses sub-contractors.  If the latter is the case, check out each sub-contractor individually.
  3. Check with City Licensing to ensure that the contractor is properly licensed. In Calgary, 403-268-5521; in Lethbridge, 403-320-3831; in Medicine Hat number, 403-529-8135.
  4. Find out whether or not the contractor charges a deposit. This applies to ANY PAYMENT MADE TO THE CONTRACTOR PRIOR TO THE COMPLETION OF THE CONTRACT. If charging a deposit, the firm is required to carry a bond through an insurance company and a Pre-paid Contractors license with Service Alberta. The bond covers situations in which there has been default, negligence, misrepresentation, theft, conversion or fraud. For further details or to check if a contractor has a Pre-paid Contractor's License, contact Service Alberta toll free at 1-877-427-4088, or do an online Provincial License search.
  5. Ask the contractor if they are members of any associations. There are a number of associations that may be applicable. For example: The Home Builders Associations, Mechanical and/or Electrical Contractors Associations or Roofing Contractors Associations to name a few. If so, contact the association to confirm that the membership is in good standing. Also, inquire if the association is able to assist you, should a dispute arise between yourself and the contractor.
  6. Find out whether the contractor carries liability insurance. Contractors are NOT obliged by law to carry liability coverage, so damage done to your property or your neighbour's property by the contractor may not be repaired if no coverage exists. Ask the contractor for the name of their insurance company and their policy number and then verify with the insurance company.
  7. A home owner cannot be sued, unless he did something to make him liable for a worker injured on his property. However, if you are concerned if a contractor carries Workers Compensation Board coverage, check with the WCB in Calgary at 403-517-6000.
  8. Protect yourself from liens. If a contractor does not pay his suppliers and subcontractors, liens may be placed on your property. Therefore, before you make a final payment at the conclusion of the work, check your property title record at the nearest private registry. Then, depending on the outcome, do one of the following:
    • If no lien has been registered, pay the contractor the amount of the bill, less 10 percent. Withhold this 10 percent for 45 days after the work has been completed. After 45 days, check your title record at a private registry, and if no lien has been registered, pay the 10 percent holdback money.

      ** The Builders' Lien Act (Chapter B12, 15a) makes allowance for a "holdback". However, if you plan to withhold 10% of your payment for 45 days, you should mention this to your contractor when you are discussing the work to be done and prior to signing the contract. O
    • If a lien has been registered, do not pay any money for the work or materials until the lien claim has been settled. Talk to a lawyer for advice on the best way to settle the claim and remove the lien from the title record. There are two ways to remove liens. First, you can pay the money claimed or negotiate a smaller amount to settle the claim. Once paid, make sure the discharge papers are filed. The second way to remove a lien is to go to court.
  9. Before making the final payment and signing a completion certificate or any other document that releases the contractor from further responsibility, make sure everything you have been promised is complete.
  10. Any warranty covering the work should be supplied in writing. The warranty should answer there following questions:
    • Does it cover the materials supplied, the labour involved in the installation or both?
    • Who is supplying the warranty - the contractor or the manufacturer of the materials?
    • How long does the warranty last and is it transferable to new home owners in the event of a house sale?
  11. When a contract has been solicited, negotiated or signed in your own home, the Direct Sales Cancellation regulation lets you cancel it in writing within ten days of receiving a copy of the contract. For more details on this and other regulations of the Fair Trading Act, call Service Alberta toll free at 1-877-427-4088.

19 Comments to BBB Tips: Hiring A Contractor:

Comments RSS
オークリー ゴルフ on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 9:34 PM
Howdy. Very nice site!! Guy .. Excellent .. Wonderful .. I will bookmark your web site and take the feeds also…I am glad to locate so much useful information here in the post. Thank you for sharing.
Reply to comment

Elastomeric Roof Coatings on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 5:37 AM
Awesome information and tips also your link.Thanks for sharing this.
Reply to comment

vintage jewelry on Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:43 PM
Undeniably believe that which you stated. Your favorite reason seemed to be on the web the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get irked while people think about worries that they just do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks
Reply to comment

New Punggol Condominiums on Friday, August 30, 2013 11:53 PM
It is great to have the opportunity to read a good quality article with useful information on topics that plenty are interested on.
Reply to comment

riya on Friday, August 30, 2013 11:53 PM
thanks for sharing.
Reply to comment

BestFootMassager.Org on Thursday, September 5, 2013 7:44 AM
Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your webpage? My blog site is in the very same niche as yours and my visitors would genuinely benefit from some of the information you present here. Please let me know if this ok with you. Appreciate it!
Reply to comment

Liquid Rubber 1 Gallon Pail on Monday, September 9, 2013 1:41 AM
Its always a great experience for me to visit your informative posts thats great. :-)
Reply to comment
sare club terraces on Monday, September 30, 2013 6:48 AM
Hey! I just would like to give a huge thumbs up for the good information you might have right here on this post. I can be coming back to your weblog for extra soon.

replica watches canada on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 10:13 PM
Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon
Reply to comment

reinsurance on Friday, October 11, 2013 5:28 AM
I’m glad I found your article. The information is smart and interesting. This is a must-read for everyone. I, for one appreciate your hard work.
Reply to comment

Why Use Real Estate Attorneys in Orange County? on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 5:37 AM
Thanks very much for putting this list together. I know a few of the people here, most of them are new to me. I better bookmark this page for future reference.
Reply to comment

Business Lawyers In Orange County Saving Your Business on Friday, December 27, 2013 11:44 PM
Your blog is outstanding; the issue is something that not a lot of people are talking intelligently about it. I’m really happy that I stumbled across this in my search for something relating to this.
Reply to comment

sale for menifee homes on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:10 AM
Good to see your blog .its informative and many information for constructions..good job .keep it up !!
Reply to comment

Sofie on Saturday, April 19, 2014 3:31 AM
This was a really wonderful post. Thank you for your provided information. It is the little changes that make the biggest changes. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Reply to comment

Fort Bend Criminal Defense Attorney on Saturday, June 7, 2014 12:56 AM
Blogger’s brilliant Efforts are really appreciable. Anyone can easily understand the thoughts. Also I like the conclusions made on this topic for Hiring A Contractor which is really very informative. thanks for posting....
Reply to comment

Hernandez on Saturday, July 26, 2014 6:19 AM
Thanks very nice share ... I follow your site constantly ... important issues ... Congratulations ... I entered this site by chance, but I found very interesting.
Reply to comment

Mack on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 5:15 AM
Continuously has decent posts and subjects please keep it up! heaps of sites are going under of late from absence of new posts and so forth.
Reply to comment

Moore Alta on Friday, September 12, 2014 3:03 AM
Thanks for the nice blog. It was very useful for me. This was actually what I was looking for and I am glad to come here! Thanks for sharing such a valuable information with us
Reply to comment

CourtneyIqbal on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 12:36 PM
This is a wonderful post. I enjoyed the information lot. I will bookmark this page. Thanks for sharing this important information. Hello there, II have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks. - Courtney Iqbal
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment