The construction trades are full of assorted classes of contractors and subcontractors. A general contractor is one of the top dogs, qualified to work on any sort of building project, regardless of how complex or big it is. It has more flexibility than a residential contractor who can only build private homes. Rules for general contractors may be set at the state or local level, or both.
A certified contractor can be called to avoid further damage to the specific sector at the house in the homeowner caused by trying to inspect it his or her self. Some states use “certified” to mean “licensed.” A general contractor may also certify with a various trade or government organizations. Certification is one way a contractor can stand out from other licensed, registered companies.
Selecting a Qualified Contractor
A certified, experienced contractor offers various services. Certified contractor is knowledgeable of building and repairing system types, materials, and installation procedures best suited to each project, and will ensure there is adequate venting.
Ask potential contractors questions such as whether or not they are licensed and bonded. What liability insurance coverage they carry, and whether it is up to date. Ask which they are licensed and approved by, for installation of products and warranty purposes. Also, ask if they are a member of any regional or national trade organizations.
Several resources are available to find a certified contractor; referrals, local government licensing agencies, and websites that offer contractors for hire, or a list of contractors who are licensed and bonded.
If you need to hire a contractor, it must be licensed and registered, not necessarily certified. Always ask to see a contractor’s license and registration paperwork. Contractors who aren’t registered may be scam artists, willing to take a down payment, then perform substandard work or vanish with the job unfinished. Always get a contract that includes the general contractor’s registration number. Third-party certification is important if you’re looking for a particular skill set or special qualifications.
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