Risks of dealing with unlicensed contractors
There’s a reason why they need to get licensed. (Photo Credits)
Some property owners have their own reasons for hiring unlicensed plumbers. They could be cheaper, they could be better at convincing that they could do an equally great job minus the high professional fees, but really, there are a lot of risks in hiring unlicensed professionals.
The Better Business Bureau came up with the list of possible concerns that could come up when dealing with unlicensed plumbing contractors. Plumbing Association of San Diego
“Acquiring a license in a specific field demonstrates that the person has at least a minimal level of competence in that field. That doesn’t mean that a licensed contractor will be the absolute best, but it does show that the person working on your home has more experience than that gained from simply watching TLC and Discovery programs on home renovation and thinking they can do that type of skilled work. Would you hire a doctor or lawyer that was unlicensed? A licensed contractor is required to participate in arbitration hearings if any disputes arise. The California Contractors State License Board keeps and publishes complaints against contractors. This is important because it allows perspective clients to research a contractor and read about other consumer experiences. In addition, if a contractor receives enough complaints the contractor could possibly lose their license.” Read the rest of the material here.
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Service Ratings Website Angie’s List for its part gave an advice on how to make sure that one is not dealing with an unlicensed plumber contractor. A/C And HVAC
“It might be appealing when comparing the estimate of an unlicensed, uninsured and non-bonded contractor to one who has those credentials. Licensed, bonded and insured contractors usually charge more than those who haven’t earned the credentials or paid for the insurance protection. I like to look at it this way: if a contractor doesn’t follow the law (or good business practices) in being licensed, insured or bonded, what else is he or she cutting corners on? If something goes wrong, it’s you who will be paying the price. My advice is to save yourself the stress and risks involved with hiring cheap, unqualified help. Hire a contractor who you know has earned the credentials of his or her trade and follows good business practices. You’ll have a much better chance of seeing your job done right the first time.”
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The website Business Credentialing Services also emphasized the many risks property owners face for hiring fly-by-night plumbers. “To ensure you are working only with safe, reliable contractors, you should collect, scan and review their license and insurance documents, and record the occupational license type, license number, issue and expiration dates, and have a system in place to collect renewal documents in a timely fashion to guarantee there is no lapse in licensing or insurance coverage while the contractor is working on your property. This is an important aspect of any competent insurance certificate tracking program.” Read more here.
Hiring a licensed plumber is definitely the best way to go about any plumbing work in any property.
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