Why It’s Important to Hire a Licensed Contractor

https://www.lvmodernhomes.com/2022/08/12/q0c67ua28s Why Important to Hire Licensed ContractorEver had a home improvement project done by an unlicensed contractor?  If it’s cheaper to hire an unlicensed contractor rather than a licensed contractor, is there really any difference?


https://letusdisagree.com/nrvdavcsol Although most homeowners who are in the market to do some home improvement work are aware of asking for a Contractor’s License, we occasionally come across projects where the work was done by someone that wasn’t licensed and have had to repair or replace his poorly done project.


https://amigosmusica.com/e4g2wd5f48u We recently had to remove the front porch for a new client who previously had the porch built by an unlicensed contractor.  The porch was deemed a hazard because it was not up to code, and it didn’t take an expert to notice it as it looked on the verge of falling over.  In this case, had the contractor been licensed, the homeowner could have sought financial relief.  (Although, if he was licensed, he might have been professional enough to do it right in the first place.)

https://zodiacadvice.com/uncategorized/6uz7i5x38oq What kind of poorly done project warrants a financial claim, you may ask?  And how can you get financial relief if you’re truly a victim of one?  The Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) has much information on the subject, but in short: if a court judgment has determined that the consumer has incurred losses through the “improper and dishonest conduct of a licensed contractor”, you can file a claim with the DPOR and get a financial award for monetary loss associated with the project up to $20,000 for a single claim. The funds come from assessments paid by Licensees and not taxpayer dollars.

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Although the DPOR has a safety measure for these unfortunate instances, the lesson is to take preventative measures.  In the case we just mentioned, the homeowner may have been tempted with the lowest bid from an unlicensed contractor or trusted a friend of a friend who they heard was a “handyman” but not licensed.  You may save a few thousand dollars up front but ultimately may have to spend another few thousand or more fixing a hazardous or improperly done home improvement project.