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Before choosing a contractor who will do renovation work in your home, ensure your contractor has all the necessary permits.
Are you sure you have the right to do this work? Consult If you do the work by yourself.
The contractor must not only have a licence, but the right subclass for the type of work he intends to do for you. To check whether your contractor has a licence or not, consult the Licence holders’ repertory.
Dealing with a contractor who holds an RBQ licence may entitle you to a financial guarantee in case of a dispute. See the Know your recourses section.
A contractor who acts as an itinerant merchant must hold a permit from the Office de la protection du consommateur (OPC) in addition to his contractor's licence.
A contractor is considered itinerant merchant if the work he performs for you concerns the roof, the insulation and installation of doors, windows and exterior siding or cladding. The contract must be made at your residence, regardless of whether you invited the merchant (door-to-door, kiosk).
If you aren't sure whether your contractor is considered to be an itinerant merchant, go to Choosing a contractor on the OPC website.
To ensure your contractor has an itinerant merchant's licence, go to Get information about a merchant on the OPC website.
Don't pay any partial payment before you have checked whether your contractor has the necessary licences and permits.
That's it! You have found a contractor who holds all the necessary permits. You are ready to sign a contract.