Why You Should Hire a Licensed Contractor
Have you ever had a contractor stop at your house uninvited and said, “Hey, I am in the area; I have some extra materials in my truck, and I see your driveway needs repair. I can do it today for half the cost.” Before you think you just got the deal of the century, you need to ask the contractor if he or she is licensed!
Unlicensed contractors tend to give you a better deal if you pay cash, but they will disappear soon after they get your money whether the job is completed or not. The shoddy work might be done with stolen materials even though the contractor claims the supplies are brand new. An unlicensed contractor may act like you have a huge job, bigger than he or she expected, so more money is needed upfront. Do not fall for these scams!
This contractor may be a friend or a friend of a friend; he or she is always very friendly at first until he or she gets your money. The work the unlicensed contractor completes is most likely unprofessional and will need further attention. You will end up paying more for a licensed contractor to fix the damage than what you would have paid the licensed contractor to do the work to begin with! Even if you think you are getting a good deal, it is not worth the hassle to hire an unlicensed contractor.
Did you know it is illegal to act as a home improvement contractor in Maryland without the proper license? Since he or she is already breaking the law, the chances are good that the unlicensed contractor already has a criminal history. You do not want to put your family at risk! These con artists defraud homeowners, especially the elderly, of millions of dollars every year. Do not get swayed into paying for unnecessary repairs or work that does not ever get finished. Unlicensed contractors claim they are in the area working, which means they are generally from a different state. When it comes to getting your money back, it can be very difficult to find the perpetrator.
Be cautious of the bait and switch scam, which involves you paying a very small amount initially; what a deal! However, more money is demanded almost immediately for repairs or supplies. If this truck ever pulls into your driveway, look for an MHIC number displayed on the side of the vehicle. An unlicensed contractor will not have a MHIC number. If a number is posted, you should check with MHIC to ensure it is valid. It may be a fake number or a revoked license.
When you hire a licensed company like FIX Contractors, you will have peace of mind knowing you are receiving top-rated work with high-quality materials. You will pay a fair price that fits your budget. All of the work you request will be completed on time. All employees are trained and experienced with a reliable reputation. You can trust a home improvement company with MBE Certification, a Maryland Home Improvement License, and a Washington D.C. Home Improvement License.