In­sist your ren­o­va­tor ad­heres to strin­gent prin­ci­ples

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Mike Moore

WHEN choos­ing a ren­o­va­tor, look for the RenoMark logo. It’s your sym­bol of as­sur­ance of qual­ity when se­lect­ing a ren­o­va­tor. The RenoMark pro­gram is a na­tion­ally rec­og­nized set of stan­dards that will give you the peace of mind you have care­fully cho­sen wisely. In Man­i­toba, only ren­o­va­tors who are mem­bers of the Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion can dis­play the RenoMark logo. Each ap­pli­cant must agree to ad­here to the RenoMark prin­ci­ples. What does it take to be­come a RenoMark ren­o­va­tor? Pro­vide a de­tailed writ­ten con­tract/scope of work for all jobs Of­fer a war­ranty on all work Carry a min­i­mum $2 mil­lion li­a­bil­ity in­sur­ance Carry all ap­pli­ca­ble li­censes and per­mits Be fully cov­ered un­der the Work­ers Com­pen­sa­tion Board Only work with trades who carry sim­i­lar cov­er­age Have and use an ap­pli­ca­ble busi­ness li­cense, GST num­ber Main­tain a pro­fes­sional level of knowl­edge of cur­rent build­ing codes, per­mit pro­ce­dures and tech­ni­cal skills through con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion At the very least, in­sist your ren­o­va­tor ad­heres to the above prin­ci­ples even if they are not part of the RenoMark pro­gram. It puts you on solid ground when en­ter­ing into an agree­ment and lets your ren­o­va­tor know that you de­mand qual­ity, fairness and high pro­fes­sional stan­dards. Not ev­ery job is go­ing to re­quire the hir­ing of an ex­ter­nal pro­fes­sional ren­o­va­tor. Some jobs we can do our­selves. How­ever, be­ing dol­lar-wise Man­i­to­bans, we want to make sure that we are get­ting full value. What do we do? Look for the logo! Yes, the same prin­ci­ple that ap­plies for find­ing a ren­o­va­tor also ap­plies to find­ing a sup­plier. Look for the logo — the Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion logo. It makes per­fect sense to shop at a sup­plier of goods and ser­vices who is a MHBA mem­ber. Why? As above, a com­mit­tee of in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als re­viewed their ap­pli­ca­tion, checked their ref­er­ences and ver­i­fied their stan­dard of qual­ity be­fore ac­cept­ing their mem­ber­ship. Peo­ple who have a far greater work­ing knowl­edge in this area have done our home­work for us in ad­vance. Th­ese sup­pli­ers have al­ready passed the test. They have passed the scru­tiny of the best in the busi­ness. If the best builders and ren­o­va­tors in Man­i­toba buy their ma­te­ri­als from this sup­plier, why shouldn’t I? Their en­tire rep­u­ta­tion and liveli­hood de­pends on search­ing for the best ma­te­ri­als, work­man­ship and qual­ity. We can all ben­e­fit from their dili­gence. In sum­mary, our homes are very im­por­tant to us. We live there; we raise our fam­i­lies there. We de­serve the best. In or­der to en­sure we are get­ting the best, look for the logo.

Mike Moore is pres­i­dent of the Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion

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