The law states that any construction job, small or big, must be done by a licensed professional. If you don’t hire a licensed professional, you are breaking the law and can be charged with a felony and fined up to $10,000 per incident. You will still need to hire a Licensed Contractor to finish the job or else you will face more fines and leans placed against your property. All of these expenses can be avoided if the process is done correctly from the beginning.
This law was put in place to protect home owners from ruthless unlicensed handymen trying to pose as contractors. Most of the time, home owners fall victim to these predators because they are offered a lower price to do a construction job, compared to that of a licensed contractor. When you fall for this common practice you cannot get any legal help because you also broke the law by hiring an unlicensed worker. See, what happens is that, at times, the handyman will ask you for a deposit up front to start the project. In many cases, they just up and disappear, leaving the site untouched and there is nothing you can legally do about it since you hired someone illegally. On the other hand, if you were to hire a Licensed professional you have their license information, their office address, and there insurance requirements, so if they don’t comply with the terms agreed on the contract you can go after them legally and be compensated for any wrong doing or breach of contract on the Licensed Contractors part.
Another issue to keep in mind is that a Licensed Contractor has Worker’s compensation insurance and General Liability Insurance, unlike a handyman. For instance, if there is a worker injured in your property and you hired a handyman, well now you’re in a lot of trouble because this handyman can actually sue you for injuring himself in your property. But if you did the right thing by hiring a Licensed Contractor you saved yourself from disaster because the workers compensation will take care of this injury claim and work can continue as scheduled. Please take precaution and hire a Licensed Contractor for any construction projects. Don’t try to save money by hiring an unlicensed handyman because you will sure regret it. Call Xtrm Construction today, we are a Licensed Construction Firm ready to help you with any construction project, our number is 305-467-7050