Contact one of your municipal service centres to check whether you need a permit before you undertake a renovation or leasehold improvement. At the same time you could make sure that your project complies with municipal zoning and by-laws.
Also keep in mind that it is difficult to obtain funding for this kind of project if you have no assets. But if you combine your project with the purchase of equipment, you improve your chances of obtaining funding from a financial institution.
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Check with the Régie du bâtiment du Québec to find out whether your contractor is listed in the registry of RBQ licensees. This will confirm whether the contractor is solvent and has some knowledge about technical, administrative and safety issues.
The RBQ can tell you whether there have been complaints about a contractor in the last few years.
Ask for references that would be relevant to your project, and contact people to see if they were satisfied.
The lowest bidder is not necessarily the best one. Look carefully at what is included, compare the materials and take into consideration any potentially applicable additional costs.
Make sure that your contractor is bonded in case problems arise during the work (theft, employee incompetency, etc.).
Ask for guarantees and get them in writing to avoid any misunderstandings. You can also hold back an amount equivalent to approximately 15% of the value of the contract to ensure that the quality of the work is satisfactory and that the entrepreneur has paid the sub-contractors and suppliers.
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