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The dangers of hiring an unlicensed contractor?

On Behalf of | Sep 29, 2023 | Commercial Law |

Size notwithstanding, construction work is a huge undertaking. If you are building or renovating a commercial property, it is in your best interest that you get everything right from the onset. And part of this involves finding and hiring the right contractor for the job.

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to find yourself dealing with an unlicensed contractor. Whether intentional or not, this can cause problems.

Here are some of the dangers you are likely to encounter if you engage an unlicensed contractor:

The risk of a rip-off

You might end up spending more money than you ought to if you engage an unlicensed contractor. This is because most unlicensed contractors are probably looking for nothing but a quick buck. As such, they might take advantage of your ignorance when it comes to construction projects and do shoddy work you soon need to pay someone else to replace or repair.

You risk being liable for any injuries sustained

The possibility of a contractor getting hurt while working on your property cannot be ruled out. If the contractor you are working with is licensed and insured, you have nothing to worry about. If they are not, however, then you may be held liable for resulting injuries because they got hurt while working on your property.

They cannot obtain appropriate building permits

Every construction project begins by obtaining the necessary permits from the relevant authorities. A licensed contractor understands exactly what to do to obtain these permits. An unlicensed contractor, on the other hand, cannot obtain construction permits – and this can cause serious problems down the road.

Working with a licensed contractor can save you headaches in the long run. Besides the choice of a contractor, it is also important that you have a watertight construction contract from the onset. Contact Zarco Einhorn Salkowski, P.A. for a free consultation.