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Old 03-28-2013, 05:45 PM   #1
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Hey All,

My wife and I met with a kitchen & bath remodeling company for a remodel of our master bath.

The remodeling company holds a Class A contractors license.

The company brought 3 trades people through our house to review the project: one plumber, one electrician, and one carpenter/tile guy.

After the trades visit, I asked the Remodeling company to supply license and insurance information for the tradespeople. Only the plumber and electrician are licensed, the carpenter/tile guy is not licensed.

My Question:

Is this normal or should I run for the hills?

I found a state of VA Web Site that mentioned that contractors must be licensed in VA. I am not sure if the remodeling company's Class A license would automatically cover the unlicensed carpenter.

Thank you!

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Not uncommon at all.

Just ask to see work samples if you are concerned.

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To expand on my answer, you are contracting with the licensed contractor and you are covered on their number.

If you want to get a lien waiver from the contractor, that would be fine.
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Thanks for the comments! The prime did not mention that when I spoke with them today. I will continue to research the issue. If they had mentioned that up front I would have been more comfortable.

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typically trades such as electricians and plumbers are subcontractors of the general contractor (holder of class A license) and are not their employees. I do know some construction companies that do have their own electricians and plumbers as their employees but that is very uncommon.

The carpenter/tile guy may be an employee of the general contractor and as such is working under the general contractor's license. Employees of the general contractor work under the general's license. As far as I know (someone correct me if I am wrong) no state has a state license for tile setters.

This may have been the reason they did not mention it. Have you asked why they did not provide the information on the tile guy? If not, ask.

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Hey All,

My wife and I met with a kitchen & bath remodeling company for a remodel of our master bath.

The remodeling company holds a Class A contractors license.

The company brought 3 trades people through our house to review the project: one plumber, one electrician, and one carpenter/tile guy.

After the trades visit, I asked the Remodeling company to supply license and insurance information for the tradespeople. Only the plumber and electrician are licensed, the carpenter/tile guy is not licensed.

My Question:

Is this normal or should I run for the hills?

I found a state of VA Web Site that mentioned that contractors must be licensed in VA. I am not sure if the remodeling company's Class A license would automatically cover the unlicensed carpenter.

Thank you!

Drew
I'm not sure about VA licensing.
But, I commend you for wanting to hire licensed contractors for your project.

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