Under certain conditions, the Direct Sales Cancellations Act allows you to cancel the contract. You must do so no later than 10 days after receiving your copy of the contract. Certain conditions apply. For more info, visit our link to government of Home Renovations and Repairs.
Changes to the contract will often be necessary. Changes should be made with the written approval of the homeowner and a signed statement from the contractor stipulating the extra cost or reduction in cost. If your project is being financed, find out if the changes need to be approved by the financial institution.
A down payment is seldom needed for renovation jobs. If the job is a large one, interim payments may be requested. Only make payments for work that has been completed. Pay by check or credit card in order to have a record of payment. Paying by cash is fine, just make sure to get a signed receipt.
When you have workers in your home, be friendly and welcoming. This predisposes them to do a good job for you. Give them a “pat on the back” for a job well done.
It is a good idea for you to be at the work site as often as you can. That way, you will be available should questions or problems arise, and you will be able to see for yourself just how the job was done.