Signing a contract in proper and due form

You have chosen your licenced contractor and check his contractor file? You must now sign a contract with him in order to protect your right of recourse.

According to the type of contractor you choose, you can either sign a fixed price residential renovation contract or a contract with an itinerant merchant.

Fixed price residential renovation contract

Building permit?

Make sure you know whether it’s you or your contractor that will take care of obtaining a building permit from your municipality.

A fixed price residential renovation contract—also called a lump sum contract—specifies the total price of the work, including the cost of labour, materials, products (including appliances), transportation, insurance, subcontractors and equipment rental.

To help you conclude a fixed price residential contract, consult:

Contract with an itinerant merchant

The contractor you have chosen was selling his services or products door-to-door, or in a kiosk inside a shopping mall? You might be dealing with a contractor considered to be an itinerant merchant.

First of all, make sure your contractor is an itinerant merchant by consulting 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 Office de la protection du consommateur (OPC)’s website.

Then, learn which piece of information you should include in your contract with an itinerant merchant by consulting the page What a contract with an itinerant merchant containsThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. on the OPC’s website.

Cancelling a contract with an itinerant merchant

The Consumer Protection Act gives you a reconsideration period of 10 days after signing the contract made with an itinerant merchant and prohibits him from asking you for a partial payment during that period. To find out how to cancel a contract with an itinerant merchant, see the Itinerant sales section of the OPC’s websiteThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window..

Practical tips

Here are some tips to ensure the work is performed:

  • check that the name of the contractor recorded in the contract corresponds to the name of the company that holds the Régie du bâtiment du Québec licence
  • pay the smallest partial payment possible before the work begins
  • do not pay the final amount until the work is finished to your satisfaction.

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