Why it is Vital to Hire a Licensed Contractor
When you need to hire a contractor to perform any sort of construction job, naturally you want to get the best deal possible. There are very important things to keep in mind, however, when shopping for the best company for the job. The single most vital of these is to be certain your contractor is licensed, bonded and certified. Unlicensed contractors are going to vie for your business by quoting you far lower prices than licensed ones, but you’ll pay the price in quality of work and risk. Here’s a look at why you want to hire a licensed contractor over an unlicensed contractor.
The Licensed Contractor and Protection
Hiring a licensed contractor is going to offer and afford you a basic level of protection that you won’t get elsewhere. It takes time, effort, knowledge and expertise to get a license. Being licensed shows that your contracting company is committed to providing quality service and has experience and a basic level of protection when it comes to any arbitration and disputes that arise. There’s little to stop an unlicensed worker from doing shoddy work and disappearing off the face of the Earth.
You’re going to pay out in permits for work. These permits don’t just exist to line the city’s pockets; they allow oversight and protection for your property value. Unlicensed workers do not always take the time to acquire the necessary permits to get the job done right. This means that you are not only putting your project at risk should the work be poor, but that you could end up paying thousands of dollars in fines if discovered.
Even more, what happens if the contractor makes a mistake that damages your property or the property of someone else nearby? Anything from collapsing walls and scaffolding to putting asbestos in the air can be risks of construction. An unlicensed company may not have the proper liability protection, which could leave you responsible for their mess.
Protection from Injury
Unlicensed workers are doing their job off the books. That means there’s a great deal of risk there in terms of whether they’ve got all the necessary insurance coverage. Think about it—if they haven’t shown the commitment to get certified to do their job, what is ensuring that they carry the right kind of workers’ compensation and other insurance liability protection? If and when an accident happens, do you want to take the risk of being liable for a worker’s injury because your contractor didn’t have coverage?
Don’t play with fire by taking the risk of hiring an unlicensed contracting company. No matter how good the deal they offer seems, it’s a risk you don’t need in the end and can cost you far more in the long run.