LOS ANGELES, CA, December 13, 2013 – Prudent homeowners will always make wise decisions when it comes to choosing a contractor for home improvement jobs. A licensed general contractor is highly preferred than unlicensed general contractors. Some homeowners prefer hiring general unlicensed contractors who offer quick fixation of required work; normally in the short-run. This may however cause serious consequences to the homeowner that may include total damage on the property under repair or construction.
LOS ANGELES, CA, December 13, 2013 – Prudent homeowners will always make wise decisions when it comes to choosing a contractor for home improvement jobs. A licensed general contractor is highly preferred than unlicensed general contractors. Some homeowners prefer hiring general unlicensed contractors who offer quick fixation of required work; normally in the short-run. This may however cause serious consequences to the homeowner that may include total damage on the property under repair or construction. It is for this reason that a licensed general contractor is of great importance as compared to the unlicensed general contractor. It is hence essential for a homeowner to be a little cautious about the unlicensed general contractors who may use homeowner's misfortune as an advantage to them.
There are several things that can help a homeowner differentiate unlicensed general contractors from the general licensed contractors. The first character of these unlicensed general contractors is; their target on inexperienced, uninformed and elderly people in the society. The contractors often travel in unmarked vehicles e.g. trucks and van by soliciting-to-door. Furthermore, they convince homeowners to obtain necessary building permit before starting the work. It is important to know some tips that can help you choose a valid and licensed general contractor.
In order to evaluate the eligibility of a general contractor as being licensed, a homeowner must consider some factors. First, ask the contractor to issue you a state license. It is important to note that a contractor's occupational license does not amount to a person act as a contractor. A homeowner needs to ask the contractor multiple form forms of identification and to some extent make reference by contacting at least two referees provided by the contractor. In addition, a home owner should contact an insurance company and ascertain whether the contractor is insured; should rush on choosing a contractor who boasts of finishing a given job fast or offers services cheaply as this may amount to hefty consequences in future.
Choosing a general licensed contractor for home improvement is a wise decision that comes with its benefits to the homeowner who does so. The following are the importance which arises from choosing a general licensed contractor for home improvement jobs:
Legality of operation: Licensed contractors are legally recognized and are allowed to procure their services to the clients. In this case the contractor's service is done within the borders of the law. Should anything go wrong, homeowners can easily get back their money. Hiring the unlicensed contractors is risky since loss property/money lost cannot be easily recovered.
The Guaranty Fund: A homeowner with a general licensed contractor is under law and reimbursed should he fill a complaint which is filed and deemed worthy. Compensation is utmost $20,000.
Assurance of standards and practices: One will be assured of standard and practices via the professional license, affiliation and certification. This will give a higher satisfaction or quality services.
Reduced risks – Licensed contractors have insurance cover for their workers exposed to several risks. Having a licensed contractor does not amount to the amount to the homeowner bearing the responsibility of injured workers or other fines associated with unlicensed work. All the risks are taken by the licensed contractor.
Acquisition of warranty: A homeowner is granted a valid warranty by a licensed contractor on the basis that the contractor will give offer his/her services to the homeowner at an agreed time, quantity, quality and price. This also ensures that the contract signed between them is valid.
Insured workers: since every licensed contractor should have insured workers, home owner will benefit a lot when procuring the services of a licensed contractor as loss occurrence/ injury on insured is compensated by the insurer of the worker,
Licensed contracts: A licensed contractor has a license which serves as the cornerstone of contractor's work.
Give homeowners peace of mind: when a licensed contractor is chosen, the homeowner gets rest assured that the job will be completed in a professional way and that the homeowner does not worry about insuring workers and compensating them.
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