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Remodeling? All Contractors are not created equal.

Posted 07-19-2010 at 08:04 PM by Sir MixAlot

When trying to find a contractor for a remodeling project or even just some repairs. You want to pick the right contractor for your project no matter how big or small it is. The one thing you should know is that all Contractors are not created equal. I recommend the best thing to help ensure a contractor will do the job right, is qualified, properly insured to perform the work in their trade and maintains the credibility of previous customers in their local area.

Call the City or County where the work is to be preformed to check and see if the company is licensed do the work

Get the names phone numbers and addresses of previous work and check those references. Don't be shy either really make those calls (I know I have plenty of previously satisfied customers that would be happy to sing my praises).

Things to know about unlicensed contractors:
All citizens pay for the effect of unlicensed activity on insurance cost.s, taxes, credit losses and for damage done to the owners, employees, and suppliers of licensed competitors. Unlicensed contractors cannot pull permits.This means the plans for the work to be done are not inspected and may or may not meet the local building codes. Doing business with an unlicensed contractor exposes consumers to a variety of risks involving liability claims, state and federal taxes, liens by vendors of material or labor, violations of law and the possibility that the job will not be completed in accordance with the minimum standards for the profession.
The unlicensed person or firm skirts such responsibilities as liability insurance, worker's compensation, unemployment compensation, social security and reporting withholding of taxes. Installation of any major home appliance such as air conditioners, water heaters, electrical heaters, etc. by an Unlicensed Contractor may void the warranty on that product. If an appliance is improperly installed by an Unlicensed Contractor (water heater explodes, cross connection runs sewage into the drinking water, an air conditioner fire, etc.), the property owner's insurance will not cover it.

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    Good info SirMix
    Posted 07-04-2013 at 12:40 PM by kwikfishron kwikfishron is offline

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