Little guys and gals dressed up as ghouls, ghosts and goblins will be visiting on Oct 31, so be careful answering your door.

Be prepared with treats to avoid any tricks. At this time of year, there may be a knock on the door from bigger guys or gals dressed as contractors.

They may claim to be “fully qualified” and offering a “great deal” to renovate your home.

Don’t get tricked into offering any treats. Beware a scary renovation that could turn into your worst nightmare. Be prepared and contact the Victoria Residential Builders Association at

VRBA’s contractors have a network of skilled trades and reliable suppliers to manage your project professionally and efficiently.

They work with outstanding designers to identify your vision in the most cost-effective way.

It takes years of experience and knowledge to build or renovate a home that you will want to proudly call your own.

Your builder should have a professional contract, strong track record, warranty and liability coverage.

If you are considering a new kitchen, bathroom, – any renovation project – shut the door on scary imposters and hire a VRBA professional.

Happy Halloween!

This column appears Wednesdays in the Times Colonist.

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