Whether you’ve decided to finally tackle that dream home project, make that hobby space you’ve always wanted, or build a new location for your business, your best bet is hiring a licensed contractor. Unlicensed contractors tend to underbid and appeal to consumers who are desperate to save a dime. As the old adage says, you get what you pay for. There are heavy risks associated with using an unlicensed contractor, and it may end up costing you much more in the end.
The Truth About Licensing
Obtaining a contractor’s license is a bit of a process, which means those licensed contractors care enough to do things right, even if it costs them a little more time and money. Generally, a licensed contractor has at least passed an examination, purchased insurance and a bond, and passed a background check to obtain their license. Further, licensed contractors are registered with the state in which they are working.
The Fine Print
Hiring unlicensed contractors to install any equipment with warranties may actually void your warranty. Is it worth saving a few bucks to have an unlicensed professional install your new air conditioner only to find it breaks down a few months in and your warranty is voided?
Liability and Licensed Contractors
Hiring a licensed contractor protects you and the people doing the work. Say, for instance, an unlicensed worker is injured on your job: you may be liable for his injuries. This would not be an issue with a licensed contractor because the licensing process requires them to carry insurance.
Failure to Perform
If a licensed contractor fails to complete a job or does something fraudulent, you have recourse through several routes that you wouldn’t have with an unlicensed contractor. What happens if an unlicensed contractor takes your money or supplies and runs off with them? If they aren’t registered, how will you track them down? This is a legitimate issue across the country with law enforcement well aware of unlicensed contracting rings taking advantage of unknowing consumers. Whether they simply cut corners leaving you with an unsafe structure or commit legitimate theft, these criminal elements are a very real concern if you’re willing to hire an unlicensed contractor.
The importance of hiring a legitimate, licensed contractor is something to be taken seriously when entertaining bids for your project. Looking at the long-term possibilities is more important than saving a few bucks up front.
If you’re looking to start a new project and you’ve yet to find the right licensed contractor, Pro-Line professionals are ready to help bring your ideas to life. Contact us to discuss your project today.