Using a Licensed Contractor

Using a Licensed Contractor

Building a custom home or undergoing a remodel can be an overwhelming process. Even for savvy consumers, it is a costly and time consuming endeavor. In order to guarantee the minimal amount of frustration, here are some reasons it makes sense to hire a licensed contractor:

  1. A licensed contractor has undertaken the necessary steps and has the training and experience to obtain a contractors license. As part of this process, the state licensing board looks into their background and has approved that they applicant meets their strict performance and ability criteria.
  2. Licensed contractors are obligated to carry worker’s compensation and liability insurance which protects the homeowner from putting their property at risk in case on an on-the-job injury
  3. Licensed contractors will coordinate the correct permits and have the ability to process and sign for permits on your behalf
  4. Licensed Contractors are bonded and in the unfortunate instance there are problems with your project you have the ability for compensation via the Contractors Recovery Fund
  5. For projects over $1000 and/or requiring a building permit, a contractors license is required by law
  6. A Licensed contractor has the relationships with other construction vendors – electricians, plumbers, roofers, etc – and will be able to insure that you deal with reputable sub-contractors or that they hire reputable subs on your behalf