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Four Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor

Released on May 11, 2017

Spring is the season when people begin to plan home renovation projects like building a new deck, replace shingles, landscaping and more.

Getting the work done by a professional contractor is common, but every year most complaints come down to the same problem, lack of a contract.

Before hiring a contractor, consumers should:

  1. Get a contract in writing, establish costs, agree on the work to be done and set the timelines.
  2. Do reference checks.  Ask to speak with previous clients.  Ask them if the price was fair, if work was done on time or if there were any unexpected problems.
  3. Seeing is believing.  The best way to judge the quality of work is to see it yourself.  Ask the contractor for pictures or visit previous jobs in person (ask permission if it’s private property) to see the quality.
  4. Ask about property damage and liability insurance.  Contractors can show certificates of insurance before work begins.  If someone gets hurt or something gets damaged, homeowners don’t want to be on the hook.

Contact Consumer Protection Division

If consumers have questions about hiring a contractor, they can find more information at or toll free at 1-877-880-5550 or by email at


For more information, contact:

Matthew Barton
Phone: 306-787-6067

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