It’s time to move forward on that construction project. You need to hire a contractor, but aren’t sure of the best way to proceed. If you have a relative or good friend who’s a contractor (and you like him or her), the decision has probably already been made. It’s also an easy decision if you previously had contracting work done and it was a great experience.
But for many people who have heard news stories reporting scams or tales of construction horror, considering even the smallest of construction projects can produce tremendous trepidation and stress. The intent behind these consumer awareness articles is to help ease that stress by arming you with the information and support you need to make good decisions.
In this new Series on Licensing Due Diligence, we’ll review a series of topics related to contractor licensing.
- Licensed contractors versus unlicensed contractors
- How to search the government database
- Deciphering the data (AKA: digging up the dirt)
- Complaint violation – what does it mean to me?
- License classifications – who to use and when
Let’s start with the argument for and against licensing.