Three regrets you may have hiring from Kijiji

We get it. When it comes to antique hunting, electronic bargains and used-car deals – Kijiji and Craigslist can really make our world’s go round.

And not only can we sell things just as easily as we buy them, but these user-friendly, business savvy sites also give easy-access for hiring contractors/employees.

But that’s where things can get a little dicey.

Whether you’re looking for a plumbing contractor, snow remover, lawn mower or window cleaner – making a hire on Kijiji means you’ll likely run into a number of unlicensed professionals on the market.

For example, contractors who use Craigslist/Kijiji to target others who might be looking to save money on their next emergency plumbing job are a sound market for unlicensed, more-affordable contractors for hire.

What these contractors probably don’t consider is that jobs like plumbing and renovating are a skilled trade: One that not only requires hands-on experience, but also professional training and licensing.

Next time you’re perusing the possibilities on Kijiji – keeps these points in mind before your click the SEND button to inquire further:

  1. Repeatedly Fixing Problems

Unlicensed handymen usually don’t have the training behind them to understand how your whole plumbing or electrical system works. And without the right knowledge, your handyman’s “quick fixes” could cause re-occurring problems after only a few months.

Or worse yet, his convenient yet sloppy solution could affect the plumbing, electrical or structural soundness in another part of your home.

When it comes to larger home improvement issues, such as replacing a full pipe, water pressure, temperature, remodeling a baby room or faulty electrical wiring – Band-aid fixes are never a great idea. Make sure you hire a pro to get the job done!

  1. Cleaning Up After An Unlicensed Contractor

Doesn’t matter if you’ve hired a window washer, painter or cabinet maker – unlicensed contractors tend to get the job done as quick as possible, which means you might be left with the mess they leave behind.

If you’re unwilling sanitize the dust from old piping, minor renovations or risk stepping on a nail tossed carelessly on site – we definitely suggest hiring a licensed labourer who might be more costly, but will save you time and money in the long run.

  1. Depleting your House Value

If reselling your home is an option you’d like to have wide-open, keep your pending home inspection top of mind. An inspector will always check to ensure your plumbing, electric and HVAC codes are up to speed, and if not your potential buyers will be notified. Don’t risk having to fork out a couple thousand dollars to fix an electrical safety issue! Or have potential buyers lose interest because of slapdash landscaping job previously completed by an unlicensed professional.

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Alana Kitchen
Alana Kitchen
Alana Kitchen, founder of Who To Call Inc. Taking care of a house with three boys I always needed a good drywaller on speed dial. When I moved to Calgary I quickly discovered it was an Olympic sport to find home service businesses that provided the quality service and advice I was looking for. This experience inspired Who To Call – a website dedicated to helping Calgarians find quality home service repair companies. Sign up to post your project and find quality companies today!
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