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Choose a licenced contractor

Before choosing a contractor who will do renovation work in your home, ensure your contractor has all the necessary permits.

The contractor’s licence: mandatory for everyone

Doing your home renovations on your own?

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.

The contract was made at your residence?

If the contract was signed at your residence, you might be dealing with an itinerant merchant.

An itinerant merchant must hold a permit from the Office de la protection du consommateur (OPC) in addition to his contractor’s licence. To ensure your contractor has an itinerant merchant’s licence, go to Get information about a merchant on the OPC websiteThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window..

To know whether your contractor is considered to be an itinerant merchant, read the definition of an itinerant merchant [Fr]This link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. on the OPC website.

Tips to find a contractor

  • Ask for bids from several contractors to compare the offers.
  • Get in touch with former clients to learn about their level of satisfaction.
  • Make sure the contractor has a physical address.

Found a contractor? Sign a contract!

That’s it! You have found a contractor who holds all the necessary permits. You are ready to sign a contract.

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