Hire Licensed Contractors for your Next Remodel
When most of us set out to hire a remodeling contractor to complete a project, our primary goal is to stretch our budget as far as possible. If you are anything like me, to stretch your budget you probably struggle with the idea of cutting some corners such as hiring an unlicensed landscaping contractor to complete the work for you. More often than not, an unlicensed landscaping contractor will be cheaper than a licensed landscaper, however hiring an unlicensed contractor without a California contractors bond comes with a tremendous downside.
Here are the four most notable risks you assume when hiring an unlicensed contractor that one should consider:
Risk # 1: By hiring a person who is Unlicensed or has a Suspended or Terminated License on the date your sign the contract, you forfeit your right to make a claim in the case you are ripped off, the agreed upon work is not completed and the person you hired is missing in action, or the person files for bankruptcy. The Recovery Fund will pay an eligible person up to $30,000 per residence.
Risk # 2: If the person you hire is unlicensed, they most likely do not have Workers Compensation or Liability Insurance. If they are injured while working on your property, they can sue you for their injury and force you to pay for the medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
Risk # 3: If the Unlicensed person you hire also happens to be in the country illegally, you could be fined up to $2,000 for hiring each undocumented worker. Another form of protection is to make sure the contractor has an LLC employee worker bond in place. Licensed Landscaping Contractors are very sensitive about losing work to unlicensed and undocumented workers, so the risk of you being reported is much higher than you think.
Risk # 4: The most common risk you will be taking by hiring an unlicensed Landscaping contractor has to do with the quality and warranty ability of the work they completed. More often than not, people who hire unlicensed landscapers to complete skilled Landscaping Projects end up having to hire a licensed landscaper to come in and fix the work the unlicensed person did costing way more than had they just hired a licensed landscaping contractor in the first place.
In this economy, the temptation to hire an unlicensed landscaper to complete your Landscaping project is greater than ever. At the same time, if it turns you are not satisfied with the way the project turned out after hiring an unlicensed contractor, your pockets are not as deep which may prevent you from being able to hire a licensed landscaping contractor to do the job the right way. Therefore, your best option is to hire a licensed landscaper even if it costs you more money.