Hiring A Contractor - Tips For Homeowners

Finding the right tradespeople to work at your home can be quite a frustration and challenge. That is precisely why Brown’s Concrete has created the BrownsPRO Installer program. The program is comprised of three components, the I.C.P.I. Concrete Paver (CPI) course for paving stone installers, the PMB (Precast Modular Block) course for retaining wall installations, and through on-going product training directly from our immense library of resources. Below is a guideline for homeowners to follow when looking to hire a contractor.


Tips when looking to hire a contractor:

  • Make a list of exactly what you want done.
  • Set a clear budget.
  • Ask for recommendations from friends and neighbors.
  • Ensure that all employees working on your job are covered by the WSIB.
  • Ask what training and/or certification they have completed.
  • Consider dealing with a local company.
  • Get a detailed written estimate.
  • If the deal seems “too good to be true” – proceed with caution. 

Once you have a contractor in mind:

  • Ask for and check references from at least 3 people the contractor has performed similar work for.
  • Is the contractor on any consumer beware list? Are there charges or complaints against the contractor.
  • Is the contractor a member of any professional organizations: Better Business Bureau, Chamber of Commerce etc. 

The Contract should include:

  • The contractor’s name, address and contact information
  • A clear and thorough description of the work and the materials being used
  • A clear description of any warranties that may apply
  • The total cost and terms of payment including the deposit required
  • A work schedule that includes start date and completion date
  • Who is responsible for clean up after the job is finished
  • All sub-trades that will be involved and who will pay those sub-trades.