Looking to have your home’s value improved through remodeling or landscaping? There are a lot of choices to make, but most important is finding the right contractor for the job. JNR Home Improvements is here to help, by giving you the top 10 reasons you should always choose a licensed contractor for your next home improvement job.
When you hire a contractor for a project, you are putting faith in them to be responsible, and get the job done. Often, these people are in contact with you, your family and your possessions. Would you trust someone you know nothing about around your family? Hiring a licensed contractor ensures they have been pre-screened and background checked by their states licensing board. Often, only contractors are background checked, but JNR Home Improvements goes the extra mile by background checking each and every employee. This leaves you with piece of mind, knowing the job will be done right.
2. Professional Installation
State licensed contractors have to be educated to a standard, depending on their field of work. This means that sensitive projects, such as those dealing with electricity, will be handled properly. You won’t have to worry about faulty or substandard work. Licensed contractors, such as JNR Home Improvements, have professional licenses they must maintain, meaning their conduct will always be professional and thorough.
3. Quality of Work
Professional contractors rely on customer reviews and finished projects to showcase their abilities. They strive for satisfied customers, because at the end of the day, this makes their business and their name. Many unlicensed workers leave customers unhappy, out of money and with little or no recourse, this leads to the next example…
Hiring a contractor with a license means they have someone holding them accountable. Many businesses rely on reviews based only on search engines such as Yelp, however, it is well known that these reviews can be altered or faked. A state licensing board is much more difficult to fool. All complaints are reported to the business owners respective state, and can be found online. This is a very transparent approach to real reviews, from real customers. Licensed contractors must also pay fees to maintain their license.
5. Protects Home Owners
Non licensed contractors place homeowners at risk by not carrying appropriate workers compensation insurance. Many, exempt themselves from having to purchase workers comp insurance, by claiming they have no employees. If an employee gets hurt on the job, they can sue the owner of the residence, leaving the contractor completely faultless. JNR Home Improvements protects home and business owners as well as their employees by carrying the proper workers compensation insurance. Property is protected from damage as well, because not only does JNR Home Improvements carry the mandatory $12,500 bond, but they also carry a $2 million general liability insurance to further protect home owners and their property.
6. Finish the Job on time
Contractors who are not licensed, and have no accountability, often leave jobs unfinished. This leaves the home owners out of money, and with a half completed job, or worse yet, a wrecked house. Licensed contractors like JNR Home Improvements, will give you an appropriate job completion due date, and keep it, saving you time an money in the long run.
There are many instances when renovation work, (whether it’s home or business related) requires permits issued by your city or state. Usually, these are jobs in excess of $500, or jobs that are of sensitive nature. Unlicensed workers do not have the ability to acquire permits, and often won’t even advise the buyer that these are needed. If you are renovating a home to sell, it will never be up to code when inspectors come to visit. The home owners are liable, and they must acquire permits and have the work redone. This results in a tremendous loss for the home owner.
8. Ongoing Education
Licensed home renovation contractors, such as JNR Home Improvements, complete work that must be done to a certain standard. These standards are not only for aesthetic reasons, but for public safety. To ensure this, they must maintain an ongoing education. This keeps them up to date on new standards and codes, and ensures the best quality of work possible. Many unlicensed contractors, have never been to school, and some don’t even know what they are doing. This leaves the homeowner open to many risks and even a potential lawsuit.
9. Manufacturers Warranty
When a contractor, like JNR Home Improvements, is educated to a certain standard, they are eligible to give manufacturer warranties on the special products they install. This is set on certain standards by the manufacturer, and only licensed contractors are able to obtain them. This ensures that their products are properly installed, making the warranty valid from the time of installation.
10. Licensed Contractors Pay Taxes
Supporting their local economy, licensed contractors like JNR Home Improvements, pay workers compensation benefits and taxes. This releases potential buyers from lawsuit liability, and funds important local resources for others.
Always Ask For and Check A License
Whenever you hire someone to do work around your home or business, always check your state licensing board to be sure they are properly licensed and bonded. Most states have an online resource just for this. You can check California States licensing board here https://www2.cslb.ca.gov/OnlineServices/CheckLicenseII/CheckLicense.aspx.
JNR Home Improvements Will Get The Job Done
Are you looking for a safe, reliable and insured home improvement contractor in the Southern California area? Contact www.JNRHomeImprovements.com today for a free estimate on all your home improvement needs, and get the job done right, the first time!
I like your idea of making sure that your contractor is licensed to avoid any further problems along the process. As you've said, hiring a licensed contractor ensures they have been pre-screened, verified, and background checked by their state licensing board. My mother is planning to renovate our house, and she is planning to hire a remodeling contractor. I will advise her to make sure that she checked the licensed contractors by the local building department and look for one who is insured just to ensure safety.
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