If you’re getting ready to do some remodeling, you may be looking to hire a contractor to complete some of the work. As you set about finding the right contractor for the job, it is important to make sure that they are licensed. While you may be able to save some money upfront by hiring an unlicensed contractor, this decision could cost you more in the long run.
When a contractor becomes licensed, it provides the proof that they have met certain industry training standards and is allowed to perform work in your area. If you hire an unlicensed contractor and the work doesn’t meet your local building codes, or the necessary permits haven’t been pulled, which an unlicensed contractor can’t do, then you will be the one responsible for making the repairs necessary to bring the work up to code. Another caveat when it comes to hiring an unlicensed contractor is that your homeowner’s insurance policy could become null and void, should a claim be filed as a result of the work that was done.
So, while it may be appealing to hire an unlicensed contractor to do the work because their upfront fees are cheaper than those of licensed contractors, the risks far outweigh the savings. If a contractor can’t follow the law in becoming licensed, where else could they be cutting corners? Save yourself the risks and stress involved with hiring unqualified, cheap help. Hire a contractor like Joe Armato, who earned his contractor license 27 years ago and continues to follow good business practices as a real estate developer and owner of Nationwide Construction and Consulting, Inc.