Ottawa Renovators’ Council

Message from the Chair


Save yourself a headache (or two)

There’s a lot more to a renovation than just hiring a guy to do some work in your house, then going out to buy a bunch of stuff and getting him to install it.

You might be surprised how many people think that’s all there is to it.They don’t realize how much is involved in marrying materials together andensuring things line up. It takes a huge amount of skill to know how a renovation goes together so it becomes beautiful, functional, and long-lasting.

The paperwork alone is a big job. You need electrical inspections, not to mention the correct permits and insurances

Not all people know that a homeowner is responsible for a designated house report for people working in their homes. It’s a Ministry of Labour directive.

But a good renovator will know that, and will do the testing to make sure employees aren’t at risk– for instance, from asbestos or other hazardous materials. Home owners are liable for knowing exactly what substances are in their house that might be potentially dangerous to workers. If you, as a homeowner, take on a renovation, you are your own general contractor.

Let’s say you take on the project anyway. You buy the materials and hire the trades. But chances are, unless you’ve done this before, you won’t know how to plan it well, and then you’ll be frustrated with the trades for things not going well or at the right time.

You might have bought good products but don’t have the experience to know how everything’s going to line up, or how and when things have to go together.

On the other hand, if you hire an all-inclusive renovation company, they’ll look after everything. The responsibility is theirs. You just get to enjoy the results.

Granted, there are a lot of do-it-yourselfers who are experienced, and you might be lucky enough to find one. However, if you hire someone who just got laid off his job and has renovated his own home and now thinks he’s an expert, beware. Such a person is not likely to have insurance coverage, and that could cause disaster later on.

The best way to be sure of getting a first class renovator with all legalities, insurances and experience, is to look for someone who displays the RenoMark™ logo.

It’s not worth the headaches, the risk, the extra cost when things go wrong, and the disappointment when your renovation doesn’t look the way you hoped.

Do it properly and hire a pro. You’ll have the renovation you want… and be able to sleep at night.

– John Manzo


John Manzo is owner of Tego Bathroom Solutions