It’s hard to believe that the first day of spring is less than a month away. Since a high percentage of Alberta home renovation fraud occurs each spring, I wanted to remind you of what needs to be done before selecting a contractor.
If the contractor wants any payment upfront and the contract was negotiated in person at any place other than the contractor’s place of business (ie. in your own home), it’s imperative that you check whether they have a prepaid contractors license.
Check to see if they are licensed in Alberta by searching online here or by calling the Consumer Contact Centre at 1-877-427-4088.
This simple first step would have prevented many homeowners from losing tens of thousands of dollars from unscrupulous individuals who took their money without completing the work:
- Home renovator wanted on outstanding warrant
- Government cautions consumers about prepaid contractor
- Consumers warned about local contractors
- Homeowners advised to beware of repair scams
- Contractor facing numerous charges after targeting seniors
- Protect yourself from flood repair ripoffs
You can read the rest of the service alerts going back a decade here.
For more information on selecting a contractor, download the tipsheet from Service Alberta:
Did you know? Albertans have the unconditional right to cancel – within 10 days – any prepaid home renovations or repair work solicited, discussed or finalized in their homes.