5 Reasons Homeowners Should Hire a Licensed Contractor Blog Feature
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By: Eric Stewart on February 26th, 2015

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5 Reasons Homeowners Should Hire a Licensed Contractor

INSIDER TIPS | Property Prep

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Before you start renovating your kitchen or finally installing that hot tub you’ve always wanted, take a moment to think about whom you will hire to do the work.

Smiling couple painting a wall of their new house.jpegSome people prefer the lower-budget option of handling home repairs themselves or hiring unlicensed contractors. But when it comes to home maintenance, the cheapest routes are not always the safest routes. While both of these options can save dollars, they can also put homes and families at risk. Hiring a licensed contractor may cost you a bit more, but it is a long- term investment that will eventually save you time and trouble. Here are five points to consider when it comes to working with a licensed contractor for your home construction and repair needs:

1. A contractor is licensed.

Licensed contractors have gained experience and knowledge through the proper training and legal processes. They put in the time to obtain the appropriate licenses and permits from authorized government offices, after passing the licensure test.

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2. A licensed contractor offers insurance.

Most licensed contractors will offer liability insurance to protect you, your family, and your home. Liability insurance is protection from personal and bodily injury and property damage that could occur during your renovation. For instance, if a visitor is injured upon entering the construction site, the insurance protection will cover any medical fees that may be incurred.

3. A licensed contractor ensures that all requirements by the city and federal government are met.

Licensed contractors have been trained to understand and meet all requirements set by the city council and federal government. They will schedule inspections to make sure your home meets every single quality requirement and passes all safety examinations. The can become very important when the time comes to sell your home. If you have had any major renovations completed, a potential buyer may ask if the required permits were pulled for the project.

4. A licensed contractor ensures that every step of the home repair or renovation is followed systematically.

This sounds like a given, but not all contractors follow the steps necessary to complete a project safely and on time. Licensed contractors, however, follow a specific, systematic approach to their projects. They carefully plan out the process before starting work; they will prioritize open communication with the homeowner from day one until the day the project is completed. A licensed contractor will also ensure that there is a signed legal contract between the two of you: a form of security that only licensed contractors can offer.

5. Finally, a licensed contractor will ensure the project is completed, even when problems or obstacles arise.

Licensed contractors will take responsibility if something goes wrong; ignoring or running away from mistakes can result in the loss of their licensure. Trust licensed contractors, to stay with you until your home renovation project is completed and you are satisfied!

Content contribution by Fixshine Property Services, and is used with permission.  

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About Eric Stewart

Eric Stewart started his real estate career in 1987 and each year he and his group sell over 150 homes in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The Eric Stewart Group has completed more than 3,000 real estate transactions, placing Eric in the top 1% of Realtors® in the nation. With a comprehensive approach to marketing and a knack for negotiation, the Eric Stewart Group has built a reputation of trust and tireless persistence throughout the area.