The Durham Region Home Builders' Association (DRHBA) has been actively tackling the issue of the underground economy in co-operation with the Canadian Home Builders' Association and the Ontario Home Builders' Association.
According to a study prepared for the Government of Ontario in 2001, as much as 56 per cent of all home renovation work, 67 per cent of repair work, and 15 per cent of new housing construction is being undertaken by those operating in the underground economy in Ontario alone.
With new home prices on the rise, many residents who currently own homes will choose to stay put and renovate their investment.
With more and more people choosing to renovate, the Durham Region Home Builders' Association has been investigating ways to encourage renovation companies to meet industry standards for workmanship and customer service.
And that's when they envisioned the new RenoMark™ program for Durham Region which was adopted from the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association (now BILD).
The RenoMark™ program provides consumers with a great place to start their search for a professional renovator.
The goal of the program is to differentiate professional renovator members from non-member renovators and inspire consumer confidence.
A RenoMark™ renovator promises to abide by a strict code of ethics which includes returning phone calls within two business days; offering a minimum two year warranty on all work (excluding minor home repair); carrying a minimum of $2 million liability insurance; having WSIB where required and/or work only with subcontractors who carry WSIB; carrying applicable licenses; providing a detailed, written contract/scope of work for all jobs; and maintaining a professional level of knowledge of current building codes, permit procedures, and technical skills through continuing education.
RenoMark™ is the professional renovator's mark of excellence. It will enhance the image of the industry and bring reassurance to your clients.