I am planning to start a Home renovation business from a scratch. I am not a professional person but have some clue about the building maintenance. My question is if I give my project/contract to third party to complete the work do I still need to be certified in Electrical/Plumbing stuff? And what kind of agreement can I make with subcontractor? Is their any website where I can download the forms and then I modify them according my contracts?
First off You must register with the Ont. Gov to get your Business Number / HST. Then you require Liability Insurance to cover yourself if problems occur. If you take on sub-contractors to do Electrical or Plumbing that are not licensed ,you are looking for trouble, never do that. Any sub-contractor you do not know you take on must give you a written estimate detailing the work they will do for you, if you agree and if any deposit is paid, this is considered a contract you have with them in the province of Ontario. You will always be responsible for what they do, Except for Electricians & Plumbers because they are licensed and usually must get permits for there jobs on there own.
A weekend warrior is not a contractor...maybe a handyman. Stick to that! Don't deceive anyone pretending to know more than you do!!! No offence...find something else where you can't hurt someone else's investment.
Here is a link to the standard "Stipulated Price Contract" created by the Canadian Construction Documents Committee, it is known as a CCDC 2 contract:
You will also need to get yourself some CGL (Commercial General Liability) insurance, in most cases the insurer will require that you obtain WSIB - E-clearance certificates from any subcontractors.
Scott Ahonen, B.Eng.
BIA Contracting Inc
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