Risks of Unlicensed Contractors

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Homeownership comes with the cost of maintaining and repairing your home, and can be very costly. In the search for the most cost-effective way to repair your home, you’ll likely come across both licensed and unlicensed contractors. An unlicensed contractor’s bid will likely be lower than a licensed contractor’s, but promising the same work. It sounds like a great option, but the unlicensed contractor could cost you more in the long run.

If you hire an unlicensed contractor for a project, as the homeowner, you are technically the contractor on the job. That means you are liable for any injuries or mistakes that happen on the job! If an accident happens on the job and one of the workers is injured, you are liable for the incident and could end up paying for it, or even being sued.

As an unlicensed contractor, they don’t have the necessary permits and insurance required to do the job. Two of the most common complaints when working with an unlicensed contractor is their workmanship, or running off with the payment without doing the work. Paying for a cheaper, unlicensed contractor can really backfire if they don’t show up for the job, or the work is subpar.

Generally, licenses are required for work that will affect the structural or electrical integrity of a home—that includes roofing! Don’t fall victim to an unlicensed contractor. Do your homework and know what it means to be licensed.

  1. Find out what the licensing requirements are in your state. A contractor must be licensed in the state where the work is going to be done.
  2. Word of mouth is a great way to find a contractor you can trust. Talk to your friends and neighbors who’ve had work done on their homes and had a great experience. They can point you in the direction of a trustworthy source.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask for their paper license.
  4. Fact check. Check with the county and state departments that your contractor is licensed and if there have been any complaints made about them. Be sure to get the contractor’s full name, company name and license number.
  5. Make sure your contractor is licensed to perform the work you’re hiring them for. For instance, you’ll want a licensed electrician working on the electrical aspects of your home and not a roofer.
  6. Hiring a general contractor to do the work of hiring specialized contractors for you can be a great help, but make sure whoever he hires is also licensed.

 

We understand that sometimes the lure of a lower bid from an unlicensed contractor can seem appealing. At Tri-State, we want to make sure you and your family are safe in your home and can trust the quality of products used on your home. Give us a call today, or visit our website to get started with a free estimate!

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