THE LICENSED CONTRACTOR
Before you start renovating your home or business take a moment to research and verify your contractors qualifications.
California has a strict law that prohibits using an unlicensed contractor. Licensing can range from simple registration to a detailed qualification process. This includes verifying that the contractor is licensed by checking their license and photo identification to verify that the person with the license is the person who shows up for the quote. Additionally, verify if a license is current by visiting the Contractors State License Board’s website. This website will also verify if the contractor is in good standing.
Always ask for copies of insurance certificates and make sure they are current, or you could be held liable for any injuries and damages that occur during the project. Contractors should have ALL of the following:
- Personal Liability
- Workers Compensation
- Property Damage Coverage
Licensed contractors have gained experience and knowledge through the proper training and legal processes. They put in the time to obtain the appropriate licenses and permits from authorized government offices, after passing the license test.
BENEFITS OF HIRING A LICENSED CONTRACTOR
- You get a licensed contractor you can insure their work is correct by having the legal option open to take them to court.
- All licensed contractors must be current with bonded insurance. This added cost on the contractor is something they do not want to go up. Thus giving you comfort their work is at a high standard.
- Contractors licenses require the license holder to be aware and up to date on state codes. Which change all the time.
- Contractors can pull building permits. Unlicensed Contractors can not.
- Licensed Contractors have been tested not only on building codes but also on legal codes regarding the construction industry.
- The State Board of Contractors reviews licensed contractors all the time thus raising the bar that each contractor is following the rules.
- If you hire an unlicensed contractor the law states you can never take them to court. Be smart hire a licensed contractor.