Five questions to ask before hiring a handyman or contractor.

hamerDoing some renovations? Need professional help? Before hiring a handyman or contractor you should find out a few things about them. Here are some important questions to ask:

How long have you been in business? Try to get someone who has been operation for at least five years. Google their name and see if any complaints come up.

Are you licensed and registered to operate in Waterloo Region? Ask to see their license.

Do I need a permit? Did you know that in most cases you need a permit to build a deck on the back of your house in K-W? If you go ahead and do renovations without a permit, you may run into trouble when it comes time to sell.

Will you be using any sub-contractors? Ensure that the subs are insured and licensed.

Do you have any references? Often contractors will tell you where they are currently working. You might interview that homeowner. The contractor should have a list of references with all the contact information you need.

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