For repairs or renovations, it is advisable to hire a licensed professional. A licence shows that a contractor is qualified to do the work for jobs, such as plumbing, electrical or furnace repair. By not hiring a licensed contractor, the homeowner is liable for any damages caused as a result of the repair, whether they occur during the work or after its completion. This includes interruptions to water, electricity, heat, or sewage. The homeowner is also liable for any damages incurred to others in the neighbourhood.
or substantial renovations, a building permit is required. It allows the municipality to make sure that any planned alterations or work complies with building code standards and bylaws.
A contract, a written agreement, is the best protection for a consumer. It is also a good idea to avoid cash deals, although they can be appealing.
Before signing a contract with a roofing contractor, it’s advisable to double-check whether the contractor has current Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) certification, and workplace insurance, including liability coverage. This ensures that risks are covered. If hired workers do not have workplace insurance or safety certification, the owner/occupant (hiring person) could be held responsible for medical and other costs in the event of an accident or injury.