So you have chosen a home foundation contractor to do work on your home. You have their estimate, the date set for them to begin and payment agreement.
It’s exciting to finally get a contractor chosen and then get your foundation repaired. So, you are all done now, right?
Well, not exactly.
Have you researched whether the home foundation contractor is licensed and insured? If you haven’t, you need to do that immediately. You may ask: what happens if they are not licensed and insured? Here are some risks you take, according to www.maryland.com:
- Maryland has many unlicensed contractors who come from other states, so recovering money or stolen items can be very difficult.
- Unlicensed home improvement contractors defraud Maryland homeowners of millions of dollars each year.
- “Bait and switch” when an unlicensed contractor quotes a low price then demand more money.
- The unlicensed contractor may also have an invalid or no MHIC number posted on the side of their company vehicle.
- Unlicensed contractors may have had an MHIC but then it was revoked because they performed shoddy work, failed to complete jobs, or for other violations of law.
- Senior homeowners are victims of unlicensed contractors.
As you can see, failing to verify their license and insurance can not only be costly, it can also cause further damage to your home. Maryland citizens have lost millions of dollars due to fraudulent home repairs and the state has lost millions of dollars in tax revenue due to these shysters.
So, you need to protect yourself and your loved ones by demanding that the contractors show proof of licensure and insurance. You can do these several different ways:
- Request a COI (Certificate of Insurance).
- Also, have them show you a copy of a current worker’s compensation insurance certificate.
- They need to show you their MHIC license. You can then call MHIC to make sure the license is current. Go the website online or call 1-888-218-5925 (toll free) or 410-230-6231 (Baltimore area).
- Ask for local references. If they don’t give you any references, don’t hire them. Have them show you photos of the jobs they have done and if it was completed on time and budget.
- Make sure the contractor also has workmen’s compensation.
- Get two bids from two separate contractors.
- Remember the old rule, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Don’t accept a contracting deal that seems incredibly inexpensive. You will get what you pay for, certainly. Do the research before hiring the contractor.
- Get a detailed list of project material selections spelled out and signed in a written contract. (Have a lawyer look at it if you are not sure.)
- Pay only 1/3 down and pay by check. Never pay cash.
- File all project documents including payments.
Your home is too valuable to let it be repaired by fake contractors. These unlicensed and uninsured frauds need to be removed from your property as soon as they are unmasked.
All of the home repair and home foundation repair contractors at M Taylor Enterprise are licensed, insured and have workmen’s compensation. We care about our work and we will show it to you and give you references. Call us for a consultation at (301) 649-3406 or email us at email@example.com.
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