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Renovate with Confidence

Choosing a RenoMark Renovator provide peace of mind and professionalism in their work which means you can renovate with confidence when you hire a RenoMark Renovator.

A Solid Foundation for Your Renovation or Addition

Canadians love their homes. So much so that homeowners spend more than $40 billion each year repairing, improving, upgrading and expanding them. That’s slightly more than is spent annually on building new homes across the country!

When it comes to major renovations or additions, the stakes are particularly high – costs are substantial, projects can take months to complete, disruption to your daily routine is unavoidable, and the consequences of mistakes can be long-lasting.

Major renovations or additions are usually once-in-a-lifetime projects, and should receive the same care and attention as other family milestones, such as weddings. A dream wedding and a fantastic renovation are candidates for lengthy anticipation, careful planning and thoughtful execution.

To give homeowners confidence, to reduce risk, to minimize inconvenience, and to maximize the pleasure and added value that a well-conceived and executed project can add to your home, the Peterborough & The Kawarthas Home Builders Association offers this guide to a successful renovation.

We are the voice of the residential construction industry in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Our members include not just new home builders, but renovation contractors, suppliers, lenders, subcontractors and others involved in all aspects of residential construction.

Our RENOMARK symbol identifies those renovation contractors who have agreed to the PKHBA code of ethics as well as a renovation specific code of conduct, who provide warranties, who understand the value of customer service during and following projects, and who are regularly exposed to information on current trends, the latest materials and new regulations.

We are confident in saying that the first place to start your renovation project is by hiring a RENOMARK renovator. The PKHBA wants you to live happily ever after with your renovation project!

Check out or the Renovator Professionals on PKHBA's website

Get It In Writing!

​If you own land and plan to hire a contractor to build your new home, here’s some advice-Get it in Writing! Without a written contract that fully defines the work you’re paying for and establishes that the contractor is operating their business properly, you could face significant risks if something goes wrong. Here’s why.

As the property owner, you could end up being responsible in a number of different ways when construction work is carried out on your property. You could face significant legal and financial problems if the proper measures are not in place and documented in a written contract.

For instance, in some areas homeowners are billed for injury and rehabilitation costs if someone they hire is injured and does not have Workers’ Compensation coverage. If your construction project does not comply with local building codes, you-not the contractor-are responsible. And without a written contract, you will have difficulty taking action against a contractor whose work is incomplete or badly done.

Whether you hire a general contractor to take overall responsibility for your project, or you act as your own general contractor and hire others to work under your direction, as the owner of the land you need proper protection in case something goes wrong.

There are three aspects to this protection.

  • First, you need a clear and comprehensive written agreement with any contractor you hire, covering all aspects of the work to be done. Among other things, the contract needs to describe the work in detail, including the materials to be used, the work schedule, what you will be charged and when you will pay. Working drawings and specification lists are normally part of the contract.
  • Second, you need to have proof, incorporated into the contract, that the contractor is protecting you from a number of potential risks. This includes:

                1.  Business liability insurance in case your home is damaged, there is an accident or if something is stolen from the work site.

                 2. Workers’ Compensation (WSIB) coverage for all workers. Where this is not mandatory for self-employed workers, you should require proof of equivalent private disability coverage.

                3. Assignment of responsibility for obtaining required permits and inspections.

                4. A Business Number or HST number.

                5. A valid license, if your municipality requires licensing of contractors.

  • Third, you need to talk with your homeowner insurance representative before any work begins, to make certain your policy covers the risks related to your project-many homeowners’ policies do not automatically provide such coverage.

Some consumers try to save money by hiring contractors “under the table”, without a contract and with all payments made in cash. Unfortunately, they often have little idea of the significant financial risks involved in such “underground” cash deals. The price is lower for a reason-the consumer is not protected. Reputable contractors who are in business for the long term don’t work this way. Any contractor who offers a special “cash discount” on work done without a proper contract should be avoided. The risks are simply too great.

For more information on building a new home and hiring a contractor, check out PKHBA's Renovator Professionals under "Find a Home Pro"