A home construction project, whether big or small, is always safe left in the hands of a professional. It is also important that the professional to whom you wish to assign your project is a licensed contractor with an active license to conduct work in your state. It is a common notion that it is more economical to hire contractors or laborers from the local hardware store or to do it yourself. However, it is important to understand that quality and safety should come first when it comes to anything related to your home. Because, this is the space that you and your loved ones are going to share.
In order to obtain a contractor’s license, the applicant must prove they have the necessary experience (four years for most categories) and must pass a business management test. They may also be subjected to a criminal history background check and must not have any unresolved contracting complaints outstanding. They must also have the financial resources to obtain a contractors bond.
General liability insurance protects both the customer and the contractor in several ways. During the project, it covers contracting damage or accidents that may occur on the premises. It also insures that products and workmanship will be covered after the project is completed. An unlicensed, uninsured contractor has no obligation to warranty their work. Worker’s compensation insurance covers 100 percent of any injuries to workers on the job. For example, if an unlicensed contractor or their worker falls off a roof or is otherwise injured on the premises, the homeowner will likely be personally liable, because the accident happened on the homeowner’s property. Obviously, this could have serious financial consequences!
However, before you zero in on a contractor, you need to ensure that their license is valid and active. This can be done by cross-checking with the Contractor License Board. Next, it would be optimal if you could visit their showroom, see what kind of work they do, as well as take a look at some of their previous work. In the current economic climate, everyone wants and deserves the most value for their money. While unlicensed contractors may be able to offer services for a lower price, the disadvantages of hiring an unlicensed contractor far outweigh any perceived financial benefit. At Dimension Design Center we are licensed contractors with numerous years of experience, with a dedication to superior customer service and quality craftsmanship.
Posted on 3/17/2014 at 7:30:00 AM