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WHAT IS HOME IMPROVEMENT
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REASONS TO BE LICENSED
WHAT ARE THE REASONS THAT MAKE HAVING A HOME IMPROVEMENT LICENSE OR A GENERAL CONTRACTOR’S LICENSE SO IMPORTANT OR EVEN NECESSARY?
The Three Primary Groups of Interest Are:
The Clients: Home Owners, Renters, Contracting Companies, Realtors, Loan Officers, among many others.
Licensed Contractors are more successful because
Unlicensed Contractors endure more hardship because
Having a Home Improvement or General Contractor’s License gives the contractor a competitive advantage over unlicensed contractor’s. It shows a legitimate, trustworthy, and professional business on the eyes of the clients, the government, as well as their competitors.
To sell a home at a proper market value a home owner should only hire a Licensed Home Improvements Contractor. Home improvements made by unlicensed contractors are not accepted or validated by most Appraisers, which can significantly hurt your property value or even prevent you from getting the return on your investment.
Licensed Contractors have their information as public record, which allows them to be reached by clients as well as have their license and work validated.
Clients will feel more protected and safe to hire a Licensed Contractor knowing that they have had their criminal record checked, have passed the Maryland Home Improvement Commission requirements, and have the proper insurances to work in their home.
Licensed Contractors are generally preferred over Unlicensed Contractors making them more likely to get bigger and better contracts.
The process of acquiring their License helps contractors improve their business by teaching them about specific state law rules and regulations, business processes, how to write proper contracts, as well as the contractor’s responsibilities and rights.
Licensed Contractor’s can work for themselves and get contracts directly from the source (clients or other contractor’s).
A home owner is protected by The Guarantee Fund in situations such as having a licensed contractor leave a job unfinished or damage your property.
Perform any home improvement work without a Home Improvement License issued by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission is against the law, therefore, it’s a crime.
Unlicensed contractors run the risk of not been paid for work done at someone’s home even if the job is done well and completed. In the State of Maryland, clients are not obligated to pay Unlicensed Contractors.
Unlicensed Contractors can not post advertisement.
Even be sentenced to possible jail time.
They are more likely to lose business to Licensed Contractors.
Be penalized with fines up to $5000.
Unlicensed Contractors put their clients and co-workers at risk by not having liability insurance in case someone gets hurt or injured on the job.
But The WORST THING ABOUT BEEN AN UNLICENSED CONTRACTOR is that the cost of the license is much less than the cost of the consequences of not having a license