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Is Canada’s Home Renovation Industry Broken?

A recent report by the Globe & Mail has placed a spotlight on the shortage of quality home improvement contractors in Canada. In fact, the article states that 7 out of 10 Canadians say it’s hard to find a trustworthy contractor for a major job. With many of the country’s most reputable contractors booked 3 months, 6 months, or even a year in advance, it can mean a major alteration to a homeowner’s planned project timeline.

Unfortunately, this often results in homeowners turning to less than reputable, and oftentimes inexperienced contractors, simply because they (the contractors) are available to take the job immediately. In addition to that, some homeowners are either ignoring a contractor’s negative reviews or simply opting not to research contractors at all. This can mean not only poor results for the homeowner, but it also shines an unfairly negative light on the industry.

The question is: how can Canada remedy this problem?  Is it simply a matter of improving training and recruiting practices? Does Canada need stronger regulation of the home improvement industry … or, should homeowners take greater responsibility when it comes to researching and selecting the right contractor to take on work in their home, even if it means pushing timelines out up to a year later?

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