Before commencing a house extension project there are a number of preliminary steps that need to be taken to minimize the risk of something going wrong during the project. Along with formulating design ideas and developing plans, you will need to compare quotes from reputable home addition builders with the experience and knowledge to oversee the project to successful completion.
Reno-Assistance has built a network of local home addition contractors by assessing them against a strict verification criteria. On this page we outline some of the crucial credentials you can publicly access to verify a contractor and help minimize your risk, however not all information is publicly available and thus we recommend taking advantage of Reno-Assistance’s 360° Verified contractors for your project. To speak to a renovation advisor in the mean time and receive free quotes from up to three competing local contractors, feel free to submit your project online or give us a call on 1-888-670-9742.
Government Requirements for Home Addition Builders
GST (Goods & Services Tax) / HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) – Any home addition company that is declaring their income honestly will be registered for GST/HST. If you request the tax registration number from a contractor, you can confirm its validity online. Ensure it also matches the GST/HST number detailed on the invoice(s) you receive from the contractor.
Licences – There are different licence requirements for businesses whether they are operating in Ontario or Quebec. There are certain licences applicable in Quebec dependent on the exact type of work being done. For Ontario, each municipality can have its own requirements in this industry. According to the Toronto Municipal Code, any business completing residential or commercial renovation work within the Toronto City Municipality is required to hold a valid Building Renovators Licence.
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There are also other requirements which Reno-Assistance verifies which may not be publicly available such as incorporation/business registration, lien and litigation history, financial stability, history with supplier accounts, etc. Reno-Assistance also provides you with an in-depth verification report for any home addition builders we refer to you. All free of charge and with no obligation.
An important way to get an idea of the quality of work and experience of a home addition builder is to speak to past client references. Obviously a contractor is going to prioritize providing references from happy customers but at least it gives you a chance to ask specific questions as opposed to just an overall rating which you might find online.
To research any history of poor work or disputes, you can refer to Consumer Organization Complaints – Depending on which province you live in, there are a few you can refer to to check about any past complaints made against a renovation company. The Consumer Beware List and Better Business Bureau are two major ones but no mean comprise an exhaustive list.
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Home addition builders are usually required to have an adequate level of liability insurance coverage for the event that something unexpected happens which may result in property damage or injuries. For a project of this size, you should require at least $1 million in liability coverage. You can ask the contractor to provide a Certificate of Insurance from their broker which has included you, the property owner, as additionally insured.
Reno-Assistance Makes it Simple
All of our contractors, architects and engineers have had to meet stringent criteria to obtain our 360° Verified Stamp of Approval. You can speak to a renovation advisor on 1-888-670-9742 who will be able to guide you through the stages of your renovation and refer up to three verified experts to compete on your home addition project to make sure you get the right price. The best thing about Reno-Assistance is our service is FREE and there’s no obligation to go with any of the professionals we prefer, but we think you’ll be more than impressed. So get in touch now and get your project started on the right note.
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