Homeowners should do more research on renovators

Canadian homeowners may be spending money unwisely on home renovations by shady contractors.

The warning comes from contractors’ review platform TrustedPros which anonymously asked professionals whether homeowners ask to check their credentials.

Only 5% said they were always asked, while 60% said only between 0 and 5% of customers carried out due diligence on them.

With many homeowners using HELOCs and refinancing to fund renovations costing thousands of dollars, the report highlights a significant risk for homeowners, and their lenders.

The key areas that homeowners are failing to check are trade and business licenses, liability insurance, and workers’ compensation insurance.

Too many homeowners do not understand industry regulations or may be misinformed by unscrupulous operators.

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