Homeowners

Importance Of Licensing, Bonding, And Insurance For Contractors and Homeowners

If you sign a contract with a contractor who is not licensed, you are not going to break a law, but you are going to take a big risk. At times, shoddy workmanship may cause a good deal of loss. Therefore, many states in the USA spend a significant amount of resources in order to catch and punish unlicensed contractors. Read on to find out more.

There are entities offering counsel to licensed as well as unlicensed contractors that face fines and legal charges in relation to license violations. Moreover, they point out why the DBPR and CILB consider surety bonds, licensing and insurance a very important aspect of the industry of construction on the whole.

LICENSING

The contractor's licenses are under the regulation of the DBPR and CILB in order to make sure that each individual that gets certificate meets the set requirements, such as financial responsibility, experience in the field, clean criminal record, and insurance coverage based on the type of license.

Aside from this, it's important to keep in mind that licensed pros can be held responsible if they don't complete the work or complaints have been registered against them. Therefore, the pros try their level best to complete the work in time in order to avoid permanent license revocation. So, for each professional, it's very important to meet the deadlines.

SURETY BONDS

In each construction contract, it's mentioned that the project will be completed within the given time. If the deadline is not met, problems can occur for the contractor. This is where a surety bond comes to rescue the homeowners. In unforeseen circumstances, a bonded status offers protection to business owners, but it's not required if you are based in Florida. However, it does matter if the credit score of the contractor is under 660. …

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Green Home Remodeling – Best Real Estate Investment Strategy for Commercial Property and Homeowners

Green Home Remodeling: Best Home Renovations for Consideration

Green home remodeling has experienced a rise in popularity across the region as many homeowners and commercial property investors seek to improve the appearance and durability of their property structures. I've come to truly understand why as well. Green renovations such as bamboo flooring or implementation of alternative wind energy use provide long-lasting and favorable enhancements to properties that are sustainable, trendy and eco-friendly. Additionally, earth-friendly renovation and remodeling costs have begun to drop as more green contractors become available on the market.

Best Green Home Remodeling Projects to Consider

Consider green home remodeling for your property when it's time to renovate. Eco-friendly renovations that won't break your budget are not only attainable, but can provide an increased ROI, or return on your investment, with the right strategies. The key to getting a proper return on investment is to consider the types of maintenance and work needed for the house, the best options available and the neighborhood in which your property is located.

Essentially, there are five basic types of home remodeling projects: home maintenance, curb appeal, neighborhood norm, appraisal booster, lifestyle improvement and "green" improvement. For the record, some of these improvements may intersect with others, but overall, the ones that are most important to consider are home maintenance and appraisal booster.

Home maintenance repairs are those that would manage the home's condition and are pretty routine to the lifecycle of almost every house. Home maintenance renovations would include projects such as roof repairs, flashing roof leak repair, weather-stripping and storm door repairs. If your gutters, plumbing fixtures, and other "everyday" shelter needs required work, these would all fall under the umbrella of normal home maintenance and repair.

Appraisal boost renovations provide a quick turnaround and prepare a home for quick …

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21 Lame Excuses Contractors Tell Homeowners

I’m not the kind of contractor who likes to give or hear excuses, but here are a few of them that I have heard, during my career as a general contractor. I hope you enjoyed reading them, because I enjoyed finding them.

1. I didn’t do it. Some contractors find the need to blame their problems on other people or even their workers.

2. I’ll be right over. How many times have you heard this?

3. The checks in the mail. I don’t even want to talk about this one.

4. I can start on your job tomorrow. Until you sign a contract or later on that evening when the contractor tells you something different.

5. I am licensed and insured, when they really aren’t.

6. I have over 25 years of experience, they’re just not telling you what they have 25 years of experience in.

7. My partner has the contractor’s license. This one doesn’t work very well with intelligent people.

8. I got pulled over this morning by a policeman. Ask them to show you the ticket, this usually confuses them.

9. The lumberyard messed my order up. Did the lumberyard make a mistake or did the contractor, you might not ever know.

10. Of course I have testimonials. They’re going to need to go home, because they can’t remember their friends and relatives phone numbers and address..

11. My contractor’s license will be reinstated soon. I love this one, it doesn’t matter whether they’re telling the truth or not, it doesn’t sound good.

12. What time did I say I was going to be there? Some contractors confuse Eastern, Pacific and Standard Time Zones. Find out which time zone you’re contractors set their clocks to and hold them to it.

13. The building inspector doesn’t know what …

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