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Construction groups warn homeowners
February 19, 2021

Construction groups warn homeowners to get quotes, ask questions as building boom continues

Two P.E.I. associations in the home construction and renovation industry say they are receiving weekly calls from home owners who are dissatisfied with the contractors or builders they’ve hired.

Construction demand throughout the pandemic has been high and shows no signs of slowing down. The industry is also struggling to meet labour demands, opening a gap in the market. 

“Cheaper is not always better and, you know, as an owner, you have to be a little bit accountable for who you hire because it’s you that’s actually doing the hiring,” said Sam Sanderson, general manager of the Construction Association of P.E.I.

“It’s more important today, more so than ever before, because of the business and the demand of the industry … there certainly are people out there that are taking advantage of current situations.”

Sanderson said he’s getting more calls from people seeking help after being left with poor or incomplete work than he was four or five years ago.

“You look on social media … everybody’s looking for that carpenter or deck-builder or whatever. You know, everybody’s trying to get that work done … we want to make sure it’s done safely and we want to make sure you’re getting quality work.”

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