Frequently Asked Questions ▼

How do I know if I’m dealing with a professional homebuilder?

To find out if you are dealing with a professional home builder, ask if they are registered members of their local HBA or registered with Tarion. For more information on Tarion, continue reading below.

How do I find energy programs and rebates for my home?

To find rebates for your new home build, visit the Green Ontario Fund website. Try their easy-to-use online tool to find energy-saving programs in your area.

Why should I work with a GDHBA member?

You should work with a GDHBA member because you can have the confidence that you will be working with a professional. Membership in the Guelph & District Home Builders’ Association (GDHBA) is a way for businesses to show their commitment to high-quality standards, accountability, and integrity. All GDHBA members are responsible for upholding a rigorous Code of Ethics when working with homeowners, contractors, and other businesses.

What is RenoMark™ and why is it important?

RenoMark™ is the Renovators’ Mark of Excellence in Canada, established to identify professional contractors who have agreed to abide by a renovation-specific code of conduct.

RenoMark™ is an important way to identify professional renovators, who can be trusted to uphold high-quality standards, provide appropriate insurance coverage, carry applicable licenses, permits, and insurances, and more. Learn more about RenoMark™ here.

What is Tarion and why is it important?

Tarion is a regulator of Ontario’s residential construction industry that provides warranty protection for new home buyers. For more than 40 years, Tarion has ensured fairness in the new home buying experience. More than 365,000 homes are currently enrolled in their warranty program and every year approximatetly 50,000 new homes are enrolled.

Tarion is important because it ensures that new home builders meet province-wide standards of technical competence and financial capacity. They investigate homeowner warranty claims, resolve disputes between homeowners and builders, and prosecute illegal builders.

How do I find out if my builder is registered with Tarion?

To find out if your home builder is registered with Tarion, use Tarion’s Ontario Builder Directory to search for your builder and review their current status.