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required a new roof. That doesn't count. I've completed a couple diverse undercover investigations exactly where we invited unlicensed contractors to give us estimates for roofing operate. In states that need licensing, hiring an unlicensed contractor is illegal. He got a couple of different estimates but felt he could not afford them. Only bonafide personnel are allowed to work below the umbrella of a licensed contractor.. When I investigated, I discovered the telephone number in the ad essentially belonged to an answering service. Very first of all, it was straightforward to find unlicensed contractors. Then he spotted an ad in a single of those absolutely free neighborhood newspapers -- promising the lowest roofing rates in town. saved for two years to develop a ground floor bathroom in her house, due to the fact she has arthritis and stairs are difficult for her. Other folks report the contractor made off with their funds and did no function at all.

Paul H. One man mentioned he could not afford a contractor's license, even even though the state exactly where he worked only charges $300. The address the man gave Paul didn't even exist. Paul hired the man to reroof his dwelling for $five,000.

A third showed us a contractor's license for yet another state. But even the average knowledge with an unlicensed contractor can be devastating. The contractor will have to be licensed in the state exactly where the work is to be performed. The water pipes had been constructed outside the structure, and they froze in the winter. Two years later it nevertheless wasn't carried out suitable. Most customers who contact me for help complain that the unlicensed contractor did shoddy perform. For months, Elease and her daughters felt like prisoners in their house, since the contractor left gaping holes in the walls, so they did not dare leave. And there were no licensed contractors by that name listed with the state.

Elease W. That is illegal. Of course the family did not verify out the contractor till right after almost everything went wrong. Unlicensed contractors tend to use the cheapest doable indicates to market place themselves.

When we confronted them, we heard every single excuse. We spotted their ads in local newspapers and identified their business enterprise cards at dwelling-improvement retailers. They do not make a contractor legal.

Did you know you could be arrested for using an unlicensed contractor? It really is true. A different man mentioned he was functioning "beneath" somebody else's license. The foundation was unstable, and the siding instantly started peeling off. And if that's not bad sufficient, did you know an unlicensed contractor who gets hurt on your house could sue you -- and win? Unlicensed contractors are unlikely to carry right insurance, so it has happened.

Licenses are typically expected for any function that impacts the structural or electrical integrity of the creating. It turned out he was unlicensed and had a complaint record a mile extended.

These are the extremes. Numerous guys presented us with occupancy licenses, which are just company permits that anybody can get. The man climbed about on Paul's roof for a handful of minutes, then stated he was going to get supplies. She paid a contractor $ten,000 to do the perform.

The man demanded complete payment in advance. He in no way returned