Why It is Best to Hire a Certified Contractor
In this day and age, there are several services to find “handymen”. Places like Craigslist and Task Rabbit have several listings for so-called “professionals” who can come fix your home on the cheap. And while this may work for small tasks like mounting your TV or painting your walls, when it comes to more complex exterior tasks, you are better off putting your trust in someone who is certified for the job. Hire the wrong person, and you increase the chances of the job not being done correctly, resulting in the job not lasting as long as it should, or worse yet further damages being caused. Because of this, here are 3 reasons why it is best to invest in a certified contractor for your home’s needs.
Truly certified contractors undergo a process to be certified, and must undergo a series of tests and training to prove their expertise and efficiency. Possession of this certification indicates that this contractor has a certain baseline of skill and experience that guarantees that they can handle a certain amount from work. From there, any other accolades and experience they acquire (such as the ones our contractors have) serve as further proof of their ability.
While there are likely plenty of qualified freelancers out there, the lack of proper screening makes it difficult to tell if they have the proper qualifications for the job. Some websites offer ratings based on reviews from his previous work, and while this may help screen them to some degree, it’s important to remember that these reviews are given by homeowners immediately after the job is completed, and while it may serve as a barometer of the quality of service, it isn’t a good base to assess the quality of work over time. Therefore, having a vetted, certified contractor do the job is your safest bet.
If there is one thing that is rampant on the internet, it’s lying, and unfortunately it isn’t that much different in the construction industry. There are several unreliable laborers that will ask for the full cost of the project upfront, leaving little incentive to finish the project properly, or even fail to finish it at all. Furthermore, there are even those that will do a poor job and disappear, leaving you with less money and work that will likely require even more fixing. Avoid all of this by hiring a state-vetted, licensed contractor that will abide by the law and offer financing options that are easier on your wallet and will protect you from malpractice.
Safety and Insurance
One potential worry is that your unlicensed roofer will suffer an accident while working on your home, and because they are unlicensed, there is nothing protecting you from them pressing charges against you. This risk is particularly elevated when they are working in more dangerous conditions, such as on top of a roof. Hiring a licensed roofer that is guaranteed to know all the safety protocols and cannot hold you liable for any injuries is the best course of action.
In short, while hiring a more cheaper person may seem to save you money in the short run, in the long term it sets you up for much greater risk, both in legal terms, safety terms, and financially. Count on us over at K&B to send verified, experienced, and professional contractors to work on your home, utilizing the best practices in the business, and providing the highest in service. Contact us at 862-305-0462, or fill out an online inquiry form. We look forward to hearing from you!