WHY YOU NEED A LICENSED CONTRACTOR
Whether you are in need of commercial construction or a home renovation, finding the right contractor can be a stressful task. Many might be tempted to use unlicensed contractors because their prices are usually lower, but this is not the most cost effective solution in the long run.
While unlicensed contractors advertise lower prices, it is because they might lack the skills needed to complete a project correctly. Unlicensed contractors might also have limited knowledge of city building standards and codes. Additionally, choosing an unlicensed contractor leaves you at a higher risk of insurance issues, liability, and scams. Let’s break down these reasons why you should hire a licensed contractor:
1) LICENSED CONTRACTORS EXECUTE PROJECTS EFFICIENTLY
By hiring a licensed contractor, you can have certain expectations of their standard of work. You can have more trust that licensed contractors know exactly how to execute projects safely and efficiently. Licensed contractors plan out their projects and work systematically, communicating their progress to the client along the way.
2) LICENSED AND BONDED CONTRACTORS WILL NOT HOLD YOU LIABLE
Unlicensed contractors usually have lower prices because they do not pay licensing fees, they do not have to obtain a bond to protect their work, and they usually do not purchase liability, builders risk (which protects the property, materials, and equipment), or workers compensation insurance. While their price of services might be lower, they often leave the consumer at risk to be held liable in the case of an accident. By hiring a licensed contractor, there is less risk of unsatisfactory work and scams, as well.
3) LICENSED CONTRACTORS ADHERE TO CITY CODES AND STANDARDS
An unlicensed contractor may cut corners because they are not held to building codes and regulations. While their work might seem satisfactory at first, severe weather and natural disasters could put a heavier toll on your home or business. Repairs and maintenance bills can add up if a project is not completed properly the first time.
When looking to hire for your next construction project, remember the risks that come with hiring unlicensed contractors. To avoid liability issues and projects that are not up to code, licensed and bonded contractors are the safer option.
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