Province looks into homebuilder licensing program
We like to believe that our strongest trait is the quality of homes we build.
We warrant and stand by our our work for the long term.
However it's not uncommon for us to meet customers who have been taken advantage of by unqualified builders, resulting in thousands of wasted dollars.
We firmly believe that anyone planning a construction project, whether it be a renovation, a new custom home build, or restoration, needs to do their homework before hiring a trustworthy and reliable contractor.
The Government of Alberta is hoping to make that a little easier for the public, and is calling for input via an online survey to determine the best approach for developing a builder licensing program for Alberta's residential construction and renovation industry.
The idea was already piloted in Fort McMurray following last year's wildfire, which destroyed 1,900 residential units. Builders in Wood Buffalo were required to complete a declaration through the New Home Buyer Registry before applying for a building permit. It also allowed information to be collected from the builder, including residential construction history, corporate and financial history, and outstanding fines or orders.
The information helped residents make more informed decisions when selecting a builder and gave them more confidence as they began the reconstruction process.
The province is hoping to sustain the quality of home building by making construction companies accountable for quality, helping to prevent issues before they occur.
The goals of the builder licensing program include:
• protect consumers by helping them make more informed decisions
• give Albertans peace of mind that their home is being built to safe standards
• increase accountability for builders
• improve the business practices of builders
• improve builder competencies
• increase the quality of residential construction
• increase consumer protection in the homebuilding market
• align Alberta with several other provinces across Canada
The online survey, open until March 14, 2017, can be viewed here: