If you’re in the market to remodel your kitchen or bathroom, or build an addition onto your home, chances are you’ll need a contractor. But not all contractors are created equal—and some can be downright dangerous if you aren’t careful.
That’s why it’s so important to hire a licensed contractor who has been vetted by the state and has experience in their field. Here are four main reasons why:
They’ve Proven Themselves
Certified contractors have proven themselves by building a solid track record and reputation. The fact that they’ve been in business for a long time is proof of this; they wouldn’t still be around if they didn’t have something to offer their customers.
This means that you can trust them to do the work right, on time and within budget because they’ve been doing it for so long and know what works best when it comes to construction projects.
Knowledge of Permits and Codes
This is a no brainer. In order to do any renovation or construction, you need to submit plans to your local building department and get permission from them before starting any major work.
And even if you don’t have plans for a project, it’s still smart to check in with them about what you’re planning on doing, because they may have suggestions that would help improve safety or efficiency.
If there are things that will interfere with other buildings in your neighborhood—like if there’s an underground electrical line running through one house but not another—you’ll want to know about it so you can coordinate your schedule with other homeowners around you.
The contractor knows exactly what kind of permit he needs for each job they do (and how much time those jobs should take), because they have experience with projects like yours before.
If a contractor does not have proper permits for their work, then legally speaking that means everything has been done wrong; including safety measures put into place by professionals who know what they’re doing!
If someone doesn’t follow these rules then anyone could be hurt during construction which needs extra precautionary measures to be put into place as well.
Saves You Money On Materials
A certified contractor can often save you money on materials. As a contractor, they know the best materials to use for your project and how to get them at the best price. They will be able to help you choose between different types of wood, stone or other building materials.
The more specialized knowledge they have, the more likely it is that they’ll be able to give you some insider information about suppliers and manufacturers that will allow them to score better deals for their customers.
Connections to Subcontractors and Vendors
Licensed contractors have connections to reliable subcontractors and vendors. If you’re looking for a good plumber, electrician, or roofer, certified contractors can help.
Licensed contractors have the knowledge of what’s in their industry that they need to help guide you through the process of finding an expert in those fields who will do quality work at an affordable price.
Looking for the added value
When you hire a licensed contractor, you can rest easy knowing that your project is in good hands. The benefits of hiring a certified contractor—and why you should do so if at all possible—are many:
- Experience – When it comes to construction projects and repairs, experience matters. A contractor who has been doing this for years will be able to anticipate and address any issues that may arise during the project.
This way, any problems are dealt with before they become major headaches. As the old saying goes: prevention is the best medicine!
- Cost Savings – A licensed contractor will not only save you time but money as well. You won’t have to spend time negotiating prices or trying to find qualified tradespeople on your own (or even worse—doing it yourself!).
Here at A2Z, we pride ourselves on our exceptional team of engineers and our proven track record. Contact us to learn more about how A2Z Builders can work with you to design, construct, and hand over a remodeled or rebuilt house that you can call a home.