Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan

FCAA is Saskatchewan’s financial and consumer marketplace regulator.

Tips for choosing a contractor

  • Tips for choosing a contractor

     

    Do you know what questions to ask before you hire a contractor? As a general rule, a good practice is to get quotes from two or three potential contractors before any work begins.

    Getting a quote is an opportunity to interview contractors and to learn more about their work. A few phone calls and a little bit of research can save you a lot of time, money and hassle in the long run.

    For information about choosing a contractor select from the options below.

     

     

    Get a reference check and do research

    Good contractors will be happy to give you a few references from previous jobs. A quick phone call to past clients will help you know what to expect when a project begins.

    Be sure to ask:

    • Was the price fair?
    • Was work done on time?
    • Were there any unexpected problems?

    It is always a good idea to do some additional research to make sure the contractor is reputable. The Better Business Bureau is a great resource to view a contractor’s ratings and read customer reviews. 

     

    View previous work

    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 (if you receive permission) to see the quality of the workmanship.

     

    Property damage and liability insurance

    Confirm that the contractor has insurance for property damage and liability by asking to see certificates of insurance before work begins. If someone gets hurt or something gets damaged during the work, the contractor’s insurance will likely cover the losses. You may also wish to contact your own insurance broker for more information.

     

    Get quotes and a contract in writing

    At the beginning of a project, several important details and decisions need to be made. Get quotes in writing and ensure the terms of the written contract are clear before work begins.

    If you have questions about selecting a contractor, contact the FCAA at 1-877-880-5550 or consumerprotection@gov.sk.ca.

    Consumer Protection Division

    Suite 500, 1919 Saskatchewan Drive

    Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 4H2

    Tel: (306)787-5550

    Toll free: (877)880-5550

    Fax: (306)787-9779

    Email: consumerprotection@gov.sk.ca

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